Recreation Secretary (Special Events)
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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 2019 summer months. Memorial Pool will be closed this year as it undergoes a complete renovation. The Neighborhood Pools, which are Clearview, West Side, Stark and Yosko, will be open.
Pools open for the 2019 season on Saturday June 8th. 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 Stark, West Side and Clearview Pool throughout the summer.
The City operates 1 Splashpark located at Yosko Park. The Yosko Splashpark opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend and is operational from 10am-8pm.
For the general pool info sheet, click here...
For a full list of our Swimming Lessons, please 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 and the program is FREE! The playgrounds open for the summer of the 2019 on Monday, June 17. Hours may vary by location.
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. All movies start at sundown (about 9pm) and movie titles are subject to change. In the event or rain or threatening weather, movies will be postponed.
Click here for the 2019 Movie Schedule
This summer will mark the 12th year the Recreation Department in conjunction with DCNR and Wildlands Conservancy will be offering Adventure Camp for City of Bethlehem youth. Space is limited. Activities include kayak, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Biking, White Water rafting, and paddle boarding.
For more information or to download the form to sign up, please Click here...
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.
To stay up to date or register for clinics and passes, Click here...
The City of Bethlehem Music in the Park Program runs May 19th - December 21st.
Please click here for the 2019 Schedule.
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.
DOG PARK INFO SHEET
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.
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 2019-2020 schedule.