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

The Trexler Nature Preserve 2020 Master Plan Update Draft is now ready for review.

(1/7/2020) The 2020 Trexler Nature Preserve Draft will be open to public review for 45 days. For feedback or comments please fill out the TNP 2020 Master Plan Public Survey. 

2020 TNP Master Plan Interactive Map 

(9/1/2020) The Trexler Nature Preserve has launched an interactive map that allows the public to provide feedback to the 2020 Master Plan Update. Guests can note the locations of important existing features, how and where they use the Preserve, and mark areas of desired improvements. Voluntary photos can be added to the map.  Click here for map.

All feedback is welcomed and encouraged.

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COVID-19 Update (7/1/2020)

As the county enters the yellow phase of the Governor's reopening plan, the following changes are being made to park operations.

  1. We have resumed issuing of field and pavilion permits, with restrictions.  Events are restricted to the stated capacity of the pavilion and can not be exceeded.  All permits MUST comply with all of the Governor's guidelines and recommendations for masks and social distancing.  Written COVID-19 plans are required for youth field permits and they must be followed.
  2. Restrooms in parks are available for use.
  3. Public access to Parks buildings is by appointment only.  Masks are required.  You can contact the office via phone or email.
  4. All of Lehigh County Parks open spaces & trails remain open for individual recreation and enjoyment .  
  5. All Parks users must adhere to the Governor's social distancing requirements and restrictions on public gatherings. 

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

• Adhere to the social spacing guidelines (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

TNP Parking Changes - 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.

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.