Department Personnel

Jane Persa
Recreation Administrator

Mark Atkinson
Recreation Coordinator

Judith Stiles
Recreation Secretary (Special Events)


The City of Bethlehem offers a wide variety of recreational programs and opportunities for residents for all ages. The Department is responsible for the management of about 600 acres of public land, 40 parks and a 27 hole golf course. Various amenities include a nationally renowned Skateplaza, The Historic Charles A. Brown Ice House, a dog park, and the only outdoor Ice Rink in the Lehigh Valley.

Bethlehem Recreation offers swimming lessons, fitness programs, ice skating lessons, after-school programs, free outdoor movies, playground programs, summer day camp, tennis lessons, adult basketball leagues, and much more!

Click the links below for more information on programs we are currently offering.

The City of Bethlehem will operate four pools during the 2018 summer months. Memorial Pool will be closed for the next 2 years as it undergoes a complete renovation. The Neighborhood Pools, which are Clearview, West Side, Stark and Yosko, will be open.

Pools open for the 2018 season on Saturday June 9th. Season Passes are available in the Recreation Office and a daily admission is charged for those without a season pass. Swimming lessons are offered at Clearview, West Side and Stark throughout the summer.
For the general pool info sheet, CLICK HERE.
For a full list of our Swimming Lessons, please CLICK HERE.


The City of Bethlehem’s Annual Summer Day Camp is held every summer at the Ice Rink on Illick’s Mill Road. The Camp is for boys and girls ages 7-12 and runs Monday through Friday from 10AM to 3PM. There are four 2-week sessions which beginning in June. The cost is $175 per session. Activities include swimming, arts & crafts, sports, nature programs, games, & special events. Children must bring their own lunch.

The first session of 2018 starts Monday, June 18th. For more information or to sign up, please CLICK HERE.
To download the Rules and General information Sheet regarding our summer day camp, CLICK HERE


The City of Bethlehem offers their annual drop-in parks program at 7 neighborhood parks. Activities include arts & crafts, sports, games, field trips, and much more. No registration required. The playgrounds open for the summer of the 2018 on Monday, June 18.

For more information and for a full list of Playground locations, please CLICK HERE.

The City of Bethlehem offers Movies in the Park free to local residents throughout the summer at various city parks. Movies are shown on a 30 foot screen and feature Dolby surround sound.

Click here for the 2018 Movie Schedule.

Whether you are competitive and looking to play in leagues, the casual player looking to have some fun, or wanting some lessons to better your game, we have it all at Sand Island. We offer lessons and leagues for all skill levels and ages. Sand Island is the home of one of the few public Har-Tru (clay) tennis courts in the Lehigh Valley. Adult clinics are Monday & Wednesday evenings. Private lessons and semi-private lessons are also available. Come out and enjoy one of Bethlehem's treasures. We are open from May - October.

Click here for more info.

The City of Bethlehem Music in the Park Program runs May 20th - December 17th.

Please click here for the 2018 Schedule.

There are three parks in the City where pavilions may be reserved. Illick’s Mill, South Mountain and Saucon Park. The cost on weekdays is $75 for residents and $100 for non-residents. On weekends and holidays the cost is $100 for residents and $150.00 for non-residents. Reservations will only be accepted with full payment. For further information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 610-865-7081.

Rules and Regulations
Click HERE to reserve online.

The City's off-leash recreation area for dogs is available to city residents Owners/Handlers are responsible for their dogs at all times. The dog park is located at 259 Illick's Mill Road.


Located at 345 Illick’s Mill Road

The Earl E. Schaffer Bethlehem Ice Rink is open from November-March. The Bethlehem Bureau of Recreation offers skating lessons for all ages, abilities and interests at the outdoor rink in the Lehigh Valley. Our trained and experienced instructors offer a safe, fun way to learn skating basics and beyond. Our lesson program is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating’s Basic Skills Program and is endorsed by USA Hockey.

The Rink is available for rent during the offseason. Please call the Recreation office for more details and availability. Please check back in the fall for our 2018-2019 schedule.

Connect with Recreation

Bethlehem Bureau of Recreation
10 E. Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

Phone: 610-865-7081
Fax: 610-865-7312

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