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Parks & Recreation Capital Improvements

Jordan Park

Adult fitness equipment will be installed this summer alongside the basketball courts in Jordan Park to encourage more physical activity among teens and adults who regularly use the basketball court area for pick-up games. A new pavilion has been purchased and will be installed in 2016.

Stevens Park

The City of Allentown completed a park redesign at Stevens Park, with construction slated to begin in the summer of 2016. The new park design and improvements have been planned based on community input solicited in November 2014 – February 2015. This project is funded by the city, DCNR and CDBG monies and in-kind work. Planned improvements include a new pavilion, playground, community stage and lawn, and paved walking path.

Signage Plan

The City of Allentown completed a Master Way-Finding Signage Plan for the park system, and portions of this plan are being implemented as funding permits. In the spring of 2016, new signs will be installed at Keck Park, Lehigh Parkway, Trexler Park, Trout Creek Parkway and Cedar Creek Parkway.

Aquatics Facilities Renovations

The City of Allentown is currently undergoing an assessment of its aquatics facilities and developing plans and construction documents for renovations to pools and spray parks throughout the city. Cedar Pool is currently undergoing a complete rebuild and renovation, and is scheduled to open in July 2016. In-house renovations of Bucky Boyle Spray Park were completed by the Parks Department during the Fall/Winter of 2015-16, and the filtration system and roof at Mack Pool will be replaced in spring 2016. Designs and plans for Irving, Jordan, and Fountain pools are pending.

WPA Stonework Improvements

A $500,000 improvement project will be completed in spring 2016 on a large section of the WPA stone wall in Lehigh Parkway, including repairs to a collapsed area, road repairs, and pointing and capping of 125 ft of this historic wall. Improvements were made to the steps at Fountain Park, Andre Reed Park and Union Terrace Park in 2015, and more sites will be assessed for repairs in 2016.

Andre Reed Park

A new playground has been purchased and will be installed through a community build in June 2016 at Andre Reed Park.

Up and Coming Projects

The city is exploring possible sites and working on designs for a dog park and a skate park, as well as planning for a trail enhancement project along MLK Jr. Blvd and a greenway enhancement project along the Jordan Creek. There are also plans to add new pavilions at popular park locations, install mounted trash cans in many parks, and replace old guide rail in key parking lots.

Trexler Park Paving Project

The second phase of repaving all walking trails in Trexler Park will take place in 2016, including reconstruction on the upper trail along Tilghman St.; reconstruction of the entrance trail off Broadway St.; 1.5 miles of paving; and line striping of paths.