Parks, Recreation, and Public Property

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. Other responsibilities include the maintenance of all city buildings, including City Hall and the Fire & EMS stations.

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 Parks and 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.

Located at 345 Illick’s Mill Road

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 also available for hockey, private or group rentals. There is also a party room available for rental during our public sessions. Reservations are required for the party room.

For more information, please download this season's brochure.

The Ice House, a Recreation and Performing Arts Center, is located on Sand Island. The multi-purpose facility is used by many theater groups and organizations and is available for private rentals. The Pennsylvania Youth Theater & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater performs their Theater Productions throughout the year, which are open to the public.

Anyone interested in renting the facility should call the Recreation office for availability.

For more specific dates, times & fee schedules, call the Parks & Recreation Office at 610-865-7081 or online.

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 $75.00 for residents and $100.00 for non-residents. On weekends & holidays the cost is $100.00 for residents and $150.00 for non-residents. Reservations will only be accepted with full payment. For further information, call the Parks & Recreation office at 610-865-7081.

Rules and Regulations

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 Rules [PDF]


The City of Bethlehem runs six pools during the summer months. Memorial Pool, located on Illick's Mill Road is the largest and opens around early June. The six other pools are Clearview, West Side, Stark, Yosko and Saucon. Memorial Pool is open until Labor Day.

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 all pools throughout the summer.

Day Camps

The City offers a summer day camp program at the Ice Rink. The program consists of three two-week sessions from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The program is available to children 7 – 12 years of age and a fee is charged.


The City of Bethlehem is offering their annual drop-in parks program at 8 neighborhood parks. Activities include arts & crafts, sports, games, field trips, and much more. Lunch will be served during the daytime sessions.

Movies In the Park

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 25 foot screen and feature dobly surround sound.

Fitness in the Park Program

The City of Bethlehem will be offering a variety outdoor fitness programs this summer. Each session consists of 4 classes which meet at the Bethlehem Rose Garden.

Sand Island Tennis Courts

The courts open May-September and features open play, junior programs, leagues, lessons and clinics. Private lessons and semi-private lessons are also available. So come out and enjoy one of Bethlehem's treasures. More Info...

Music In The Park

The summer concert series begins in late May and runs through September. Concerts are held at the Rose Garden as well as the City Center Plaza and Steelworker’s Memorial.

Connect with Parks

Bethlehem Parks & Public Property Department
10 E. Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018


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