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Parks & Recreation Capital Improvements

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.

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 underwent a complete redesign and rebuild in 2016-17. In 2018, the replacement of Irving Pool will be part of a larger effort to complete a master plan for Andre Reed Park, formerly Irving Park.

Jordan Creek Greenways Trail:

A proposed trail is currently undergoing design to connect Turner Street to MacArthur Road. The trail will close a vital gap in a multi-municipality project to connect the City of Allentown to the Appalachian Trail along the Jordan Creek.

Dixon St. Dog Park:

Construction of a two-acre dog park was completed in winter 2017-18 in Trout Creek Parkway. The new park will open in spring 2018. The design includes two areas to accommodate smaller and larger dogs, as well as a permitting process to ensure dogs are licensed, vaccinated and supervised by responsible pet owners. For more information or to sign your dog up, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 610-437-7750.

Golf Course Improvements:

City staff continued work on the overall tree management plan at Allentown Municipal Golf Course. During the winter of 2017-18, approximately 30 trees were identified as overgrown or hazardous and removed, and an additional 15 trees were pruned. The focus of the improvements is to improve turf health and playability of the course. Golfers will notice a more open feel and appreciate the unique topography and architectural features Allentown has to offer.

Jordan Park Skate Park:

Designs for a skate park in the former clay tennis courts at Jordan Park were completed in winter 2017-18 using community input from public meetings held during 2017. Construction documents will be completed in 2018 and additional funding will be sought to complete Phase I of the two-phase project.

Valania Park Master Plan:

A master plan will be completed in early spring 2018, following an extensive community input process in 2017. The initial project includes playground, basketball court and tree improvements. The city is pursuing funding and grant opportunities to complete work outlined in the plan.

Andre Reed/Irving Park Master Plan:

A master planning process will be completed in 2018, with public meetings being held in the community to solicit input for park layout. Click here for the community meetings flyer.

Up and Coming Projects:
A design consultant will be selected to develop a master plan for Auburn Cross Trails Park, a new park that will be located at the site of the City's former Incinerator. The City will also begin a project to design the MLK Trail, which will ultimately connect Auburn Cross Trails Park to Lehigh Parkwayand secure funding for the restoration of Bogert's Bridge.