|Mayor Bob Donchez|
"Enjoy it, but respect it!" is Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio's admonition. There will be no swimming in either park. Alcohol will be prohibited, except in pavilions by permit. Portable grills and open fires will be banned. Tents and the construction of temporary structures will also be a violation. There will be more "no parking" signs in grassy areas, barriers along Fire Lane to prevent illegal parking and the lot used by Bethlehem Saints will be gated.
|Parks Director Jane Persa|
If the parks become overcrowded, Chief DiLuzio said they will be closed.
Parks Director Jane Persa stressed, "We're not trying to keep people out of the parks." But she added that pavilion reservations are down because picnics are often disrupted by other park visitors. "We think people are a little worried to go there," she said.
Mayor Donchez met with residents who live near Saucon Park before proposing rule changes approved by City Council. he called this matter a "quality of life" issue, and plans to meet with residents again during the middle of the Summer to see what tweaks are needed.
Saucon Park is Bethlehem's oldest park, said Donchez. It was opened on July 4, 1919, under Mayor Archibald Johnston and was built with donations he sought from local citizens and businesses. A swimming pool located there has been closed, but may reopen in the future as a splash park.
Monocacy Park, which was once heavily thicketed swampland, was established in the 1930s as a WPA project.