Parks & Trails

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The Bethlehem Township Park System consists of one Community Park, four neighborhood parks, one memorial park; two trail systems and two greenways. The greenways are currently being developed.

The operation of all parks, playgrounds, trails and greenways is administered through the Public Works Department.

Questions about renting facilities, hours of operation, and regulations for the use of park facilities may be referred to 610-814-6442.

Leases for athletic fields and picnic pavilions are available beginning at 8:00 am January 15th of each calendar year.

Dogs are not permitted in any park or playground. However, they are welcomed on our trail and greenway systems. Township leash laws apply to these areas. We ask that you please clean up after your pets so we can continue to keep some areas open to our four legged friends.

Alcoholic beverages are only permitted with the rental of a pavilion and after obtaining an alcohol use permit.

Picnic Pavillion Rentals
For more information on the Municipal Park Pavillion Rentals please click HERE




Municipal Park
Municipal Park is the Township's community park, centrally located within the Township on Farmersville Road between Freemansburg Avenue and William Penn Highway. The main area of the Park has four lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, public restroom facilities, play equipment, one hardball field and one softball field. A one mile paved fitness trail with exercise stations wraps around the perimeter of this area. Picnic pavilions, volleyball courts and horseshoe pits are also available in this area of Municipal Park.

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Municipal Park North
The North Side Athletic Complex is accessible from Meyer Lane off William Penn Highway, just west of Farmersville Elementary School. This lighted Complex hosts three softball fields and a football/soccer field. This northern section of Municipal Park also has a pavilion, play equipment, volleyball court and horseshoe pit. The walking path through the wildflower meadow and along the pond where various waterfowl are residing balances all of these active areas.

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The Janet Johnston Housenick & William D. Housenick Memorial Park
This park is currently in development and is open to the public. Consisting of 55.84 acres of land, its use is solely for passive recreational activities. For more information see links below.

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Birchwood Park
The latest addition to the Park System, Birchwood Park is located at 12th and Washington Streets between the Prospect Heights and Birchwood Farms neighborhoods. Play equipment, a half court basketball court; a pavilion, lawn swings and other play courts are located under the canopy of a naturally forested area. This hidden neighborhood park is surrounded by a soft-surface walking trail, complete with tree identification signs and a butterfly garden.

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Comer Park
This neighborhood park, located behind the Coolidge Building between 5th and 7th Streets, hosts play equipment, a gazebo, picnic tables, park benches and play courts. Surrounded by split rail fencing and mature Sycamore Trees, Comer Park is an ideal location for a quick picnic lunch.

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Chetwyn Terrace Park
Originally dedicated in 1967, Chetwyn Terrace is the Township's oldest park. Located at the end of Charles Street, this neighborhood park is tucked away under the shade of several very large Silver Maple Trees. Play equipment, a pavilion, play courts and access to the Palmer/Bethlehem Rail Trail highlight this wonderful treasure of the Park System.

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14th Street Park
Named for its location, this park currently hosts a tennis court, multi-purpose court, street hockey court and basketball court.

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Palmer/Bethlehem Rail Trail
The Palmer/Bethlehem Rail Trail is a continuous 7.3-mile trail through two beautiful communities. This National Recreation Trail was built on an abandoned railroad bed with the assistance of the United States Dept. of the Interior and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources as part of the National Rails to Trails Program. The trail's paved surface is ideal for pedestrian, bicycle, roller-blade and stroller traffic. The trail is open to all non-motorized traffic including dogs. Dogs must remain on an in-hand leash and we ask that you please clean up any deposits left by your pet.

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Towpath/Canal Trail
This trail is part of both a national and state park, which begins in Jim Thorpe and travels south to Bristol. The Towpath/Canal Trail is part of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor under the supervision of the United States Dept. of Interior and is a Pennsylvania State Heritage Park within the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources. Four miles of this national and state park are within the boundaries of Bethlehem Township. The Towpath/Canal Trail is open to all non-motorized traffic including dogs, however, Township leash laws

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do apply. Dogs must remain on an in-hand leash and we ask that you please clean up any deposits left by your pet. Its stone and dirt surface make this trail ideal for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians during most the year. In the winter, the trail is perfect for cross-country skiing. The trail's undisturbed natural setting is a haven for birds, waterfowl and other wildlife. There are several scenic overlooks along the trail, which provide trail users with a beautiful view of the Lehigh River.




Emerald Hills Greenway
This greenway serves a dual purpose. It has both a paved recreation trail and serves as the storm water management facility for the multiple phases of the Emerald Hills Development. The trail is open to all non-motorized traffic including dogs, however, Township leash laws do apply. Dogs must remain on an in-hand leash and we ask that you please clean up any deposits left by your pet. The trail connects to 10th Street.





Highland Park Greenway
This greenway is currently under design and is intended to eventually connect Freemansburg Avenue to Municipal Park. Watch for updated information in Township newsletters.

Motor vehicles are prohibited on Township trails.



Community Center
2900 Farmersville Road
Bethlehem, Pa. 18020
Phone: 610-332-1900
Fax: 610-332-1788
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