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Parks & Recreation Office
260 S. Cedarbrook Road
Allentown, PA. 18104
Phone:  610-871-0281
Fax:  610-871-0283

Director of Parks:  Robert Stiffler

Trexler Environmental Center Office
Parks Asst. Director: Randy Dietrich
Phone 610-769-1549

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Bureau of Parks and Recreation

COVID-19 Update (3/31/2020)

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, all sports field, pavilion and grounds event permits are cancelled until the resumption of public gatherings in PA. We will be following all guidelines and restrictions from the PA Department of Health and the governor.

All buildings and structures, including restrooms, in Lehigh County Parks are closed to the public. The Parks office is also closed to the public during this time. The office is operating on limited hours to handle immediate issues. You can contact us via email, but response could be significantly delayed.

If your permit has been cancelled, you will have the option to reschedule to a date after the closures or a refund of the permit fee. Due to limited resources at this time, we may not able to process reschedules and refunds until normal operations resume.

All of Lehigh County Parks open spaces & trails remain open for your enjoyment .We do encourage practicing social distancing while enjoying open spaces including avoiding groups and crowds, and visitors should use the bathroom before they leave home.

To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and still enjoy the outdoors:

• Adhere to the social spacing guide (minimum 6 feet) between people and don’t recreate in groups
• Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly
• Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
• If you are sick, stay home

D&L Trail Closures -  Due to a change in the PPL work.  The D&L Trail will be open northbound from the Rt 873 bridge into Carbon County until April 15.  It will be CLOSED on April 16 and 17.

TNP Parking Changes - Effective immediately, all parking in the Geiger's Bridge parking area (kiosk 18) is ADA parking only. Other users could continue on Old Packhouse Road and park in the old compost center area. There are spur trails to connect the parking to the Covered Bridge (ADA) trail and the Border trail.

2020 Trexler Environmental Center Public Programs

 

park hours - hours for all parks and the trexler nature preserve hours are sunrise to sunset. if you observe unauthorized activity in the parks after hours, please contact the local police for that municipality.

 The Bureau of Parks and Recreation is responsible for the development, management, and maintenance of over 4000 acres of County park land and open space.  We also maintain and manage large sections of the Delaware and Lehigh (D&L) Trail in Lehigh County.  Our parks offer active and passive recreational opportunities for everyone.

 D&L Trail Closures - Due to a PPL work. The D&L Trail will be closed northbound from the Rt 873 bridge into Carbon County on January 29, February 3, and February 4. In the event of bad weather on Feb 3 and 4, the closures will be on February 5 and 6.We have some of the finest public sports fields in the area for sports like baseball, softball, soccer, cricket, tennis, inline skating, and disc golf.  There are over 50 miles of trails for hiking and bicycling at all ability levels.   Leaser Lake, along with the Jordan and Cedar Creeks, are popular fishing spots.   

Our parks are great places to enjoy the natural landscape of the area, study the flora and fauna, or just spend quiet time with nature.  There are individual tables for small picnics.  A number of pavilions can be reserved for larger gatherings.  Trexler Environmental Center is a working example of environmentally friendly construction and hosts a number of environmental education workshops and events.

 We also maintain four historical sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  These sites are great places to explore our agricultural and industrial heritage.

 The Bureau of Parks and Recreation works with a number of local partner groups, who provide expertise and support to use the parks as venues for large regional events that promote Lehigh County, support the parks and improve the quality of life in Lehigh County. 

 The Bureau also lends our expertise and resources to support and assist to other County departments as needed.

The mission of the Bureau is to provide the citizens of Lehigh County with a well-managed network of parks that offer extensive leisure opportunities within an affordable budget.