Parks and Recreation

 

The Borough of Emmaus focuses a great deal on Parks and Recreation opportunities for the visitors and residents of our community.  The community consists of numerous pocket parks and neighborhood parks, as well as several large, community-wide parks.  The Borough provides residents with the opportunity to enjoy both passive and more competitive recreational opportunities.  Emmaus Community Park is one of the elite community parks in the entire Lehigh valley, consisting of a very popular swimming pool, a soccer / football field, baseball and softball fields, a nature walking patch along the creek, a snack stand, and beautiful pavilions (Park & Pool Regulations 2016) that can be rented throughout the course  of the year. 

 

Emmaus Community Park

Emmaus Community Park is the largest park in the borough park system.

Emmaus Community Park The Park offers:

  • Covered picnic pavilions
  • Walking trail
  • Baseball / softball fields during spring & summer
  • Legion baseball tournaments
  • Swimming pool (in season) with a newly erected slide
  • Summer Concerts in the Park
  • Volleyball / basketball courts
  • Midget football in the fall
  • Soccer field
  • Playground equipment

Directions:
From Routes I-78 & 309 exit onto Route 29 South (Cedar Crest Blvd). Go 3.1 miles and turn left onto Chestnut Street. At the Pizza Hut, make a right onto South 10th Street. At the next stop sign make a right onto Pennsylvania Ave. Go six blocks to yellow flashing light, bare right at light. Park is on your right.

Pool Hours & Information Map (PDF)

 

Boroline Park

A hidden gem of a park lies on the eastern edge of Emmaus. Found in the Stryer section east of Dalton St, bounded by Mountain Blvd to the north and Alpine St. to the south, Boroline Park is a quiet escape from a busy area. An adequate parking lot with adjacent bathrooms lies off of Alpine St. near the dead end. The park features a well-maintained baseball field, tennis courts, and basketball courts for active participants. For those more inclined to relax, there is a large grassy picnic area and a pavilion that can be reserved. The young at heart will enjoy the winding paved path and playground. Attached to the park is the Wildlands Conservancy’s South mountain Preserve. This natural area provides hiking and biking trails, areas for wildlife study and a great view of the Lehigh Valley. Whatever your outdoor pursuit, Boroline Park has the facilities to provide for an enjoyable visit.

The Park offers:

  • Baseball / softball fields spring through fall
  • Picnic pavilions
  • Tennis Courts
  • National Softball Association events several times throughout the spring and summer
  • Playground equipment

Directions:
From routes I78 & 309 exit onto Lehigh Street (Exit #18). Go south on Lehigh Street towards Emmaus. At the South Mall light make a left onto SW 33rd Street. At stop sign turn right onto Dalton Street. Go down six streets and turn left onto Alpine Street. Park is on your left at dead end.

 

Lions Field

The Park offers:

  • Baseball / softball fields spring through fall
  • Playground equipment

Directions:
From Route 29 south, make a left onto North Street (at Emmaus High School). At next stop, continue straight onto Harrison Street. At next stop turn right onto North 6th Street. Go straight at next stop sign. Make your first right onto Ridge Street. Park is on your right.

Coming from Allentown on Lehigh Street make a right onto Harrison Street (at East Penn Bank). Continue to stop sign at North 6th Street and turn left. Go straight at next stop sign. Make your first right onto Ridge Street. Park is on your right.

 

Williams Street / Kiwanis Fields

The Park offers:

  • Baseball / softball fields spring through fall with lights for evening games
  • National Softball Association events several times throughout the spring and summer
  • Basketball courts
  • Ice Skating (weather permitting)
  • Playground equipment

Directions:
From I78, take exit 18 and go south on Lehigh Street towards Emmaus. At the 7th or 8th traffic light (depending on which exit you get off of I78), turn right onto Ridge Street. For Williams Street field, make 1st right onto Williams Street. Parking lot on left. For Kiwanis field, continue 1/2 block and field is on your right.

 

Cintas (formerly RUS)

The Park offers:

  • Main field baseball / softball spring through fall
  • Small Soccer field behind the main field
  • Knauss Homestead
  • Emmaus Commemorative Garden

Directions:
From routes I78 & 309 exit onto Lehigh Street (Exit #18). Go south on Lehigh Street towards Emmaus. At the South Mall light make a left onto SW 33rd Street. At stop sign turn right onto Dalton Street. Go approximately 1 mile and make a left into Cintas Uniform Company. Fields are behind Cintas.

 

Furnace Dam

The Park offers:

  • Pavilions with picnic tables
  • Playground equipment
  • Volleyball court
  • Fishing (Stocked Pond)

Directions:
From Routes I-78 & 309 exit onto Route 29 South (Cedar Crest Blvd). Go 3.1 miles and turn left onto Chestnut Street. At the Pizza Hut, make a right onto South 10th Street. At stop sign continue straight on South 10th Street. Go 2 1/2 blocks and park is on your left.

 

Klines Lane

The Park offers:

  • Soccer/ Field Hockey fields

 

South Fourth Street

The Park offers:

  • Baseball / softball fields spring through fall
  • National Softball Association events several times throughout the spring and summer

Directions:
From I78, take exit 18 and go south on Lehigh Street towards Emmaus. Continue straight. Lehigh Street turns into Main Street. At the town Triangle, make a left onto South Fourth Street. Continue straight to the end. Make a left onto Fairview Street, which leads to the parking lot.

 

Triangle Park

The Park offers:

  • Passive recreation in heart of the downtown
  • Benches, a water fountain, lanscaping
  • Events such as holiday celebrations, the holiday tree, Arts festivals, and business events

Directions:

From I78, take exit 18 and go south on Lehigh Street towards Emmaus. Continue straight. Lehigh Street turns into Main Street. Go through town and the Triangle is located in the middle of the downtown.

 

 

Trail System

The Borough has the distinct pleasure of being able to partner with organizations such as The Wildlands Conservancy and Rodale Press, Inc. to put together a set of walking trails across our community and connecting to other communities that is almost unbelievable.  With two entrances within the Borough limits, the South Mountain trail goes for miles, spanning over South Mountain and connecting several communities together.  This trail system is great for bicycling, running, jogging, walking, and simply enjoying nature. 

 

In addition to this trail, the Borough has begun the planning phase of connecting to other areas of town and other communities through an urban trail connection network.  Check out the proposed map below, showing how we might plan to connect these areas.

 

Parks and Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission was established in 1957 and monitors all parks and recreation activities within the Borough of Emmaus. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Parks and Recreation Committee of Borough Council. Commission members serve on a voluntary basis. The Commission performs its work in an in-depth specialized manner, following guidelines set forth by Borough Council and recommends actions and rulings for approval by Borough Council.  The Commission also plans and coordinates the annual Community Day event and schedules all athletic fields in the Borough.

The Parks and Recreation Commission is a nine member panel, eight of which are residents of the Borough of Emmaus, and one member who need not be a resident of the Borough of Emmaus, but who is a representative of the East Penn School District.

There are currently seven permanent subcommittees of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Planning, Budgeting and Finance
Entertainment Programs
Fund Raising
Publicity
Historical
Recreation Programs
Facilities and Maintenance

 

Special Entertainment Commission

The Special Entertainment Commission schedules and coordinates the Summer Concert Series and other events in the community throughout most of the year.  Join the Commission every Sunday evening at Community Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day in our weekly Sunday Concert Series!  This Commission is comprises of up to nine members and is always looking for someone willing to lend a hand and volunteer.  Click here for additional information about the Special Entertainment Commission as well as the Concert Series.