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Department of Parks & Recreation

Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life in our city by providing and maintaining quality parks, trails and green space and by offering enriching recreational activities and facilities for people of all ages and abilities

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    Search for Possibly Rabid Dog

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  • City Closing Sports Fields
    City Closing Sports Fields

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  • Recycling Drop Off Center Reopens
    Recycling Drop Off Center Reopens

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  • AFD Welcomes New Firefighters
    AFD Welcomes New Firefighters

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  • Walnut Street Closed for Flood Damage Repair
    Walnut Street Closed for Flood Damage Repair

    As of 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, in the city of Allentown Walnut Street from Lafayette Street to St Elmo Street remains closed due to damage caused by Tuesday’s creek flooding.That section of Wa...

  • Welcome to Allentown Mural Dedicated
    Welcome to Allentown Mural Dedicated

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  • PA Agriculture Dept Issues Seed Advisory
    PA Agriculture Dept Issues Seed Advisory

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  • Dog Park Re-Opened
    Dog Park Re-Opened

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    Arts Commission Brings Power to the Arts

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  • Mayor O'Connell Issues Statement
    Mayor O'Connell Issues Statement

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Contact Information
Karen El-Chaar

Karen El-Chaar
Director of Parks and Recreation
610-437-7757
Fax 610-437-7796
Karen.El-Chaar@allentownpa.gov

Parks and Recreation Office
3000 Parkway Blvd
M-F 8:00am—4:00pm
Phone: 610-437-7757
Fax: 610-437-7796

Allentown Municipal Golf Course
3400 W. Tilghman St
Phone: 610-395-5108
Fax: 610-395-2068
Golf Course Website