The Municipal Park is located along Laubach Avenue, just north of the Borough Administration Office and Police Headquarters. The park was developed as part of a 19 acre parcel that was donated to the Borough in 1944 by the Universal Atlas Cement Company. The same parcel now is also the location of the Municipal Swimming Pool and the Northampton Memorial Community Center.
Picnic enthusiasts have a choice of reserving one or both of the two spacious pavilions in the park. The larger pavilion will accommodate 150 people, while the smaller one allows 125 to be seated in shady comfort. The park also includes two lighted tennis courts, a lighted basketball court, a sand volley ball court, a softball field, several horseshoe pits, a tot lot for the little ones and, on special occasions, visitors might enjoy a band concert under the stars at the Bandshell. Modern restrooms are located near the pavilions and are Handicap Accessible.
CANAL STREET PARK
At the turn of the century, the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company operated a canal paralleling the Lehigh River. With the improvements in transportation, the canal was no longer the most efficient means of moving goods and the area was neglected. After many years, it was a place where youngsters would play unsupervised in a woodland setting.
During the last thirty years, the Borough has reclaimed and restructured the area from the Cementon Bridge to the mouth of the Hokendauqua Creek to provide a setting that is the envy of many surrounding communities. Walkers and joggers can exercise, free from motor traffic, along the Heritage Trail. For the more energetic, lit basketball and tennis facilities are available. The pavilion near 14th Street can seat 75 guests, while the children play in the expanded tot lot. Softball, volleyball and horseshoe areas have been established and fishing in the beautiful Lehigh River is always an option.
Many area couples began their lives together exchanging vows in the Gazebo. Others have pictures taken in the area, because of the natural, restored beauty. The Borough is fortunate to be able to maintain a large pastoral area where the serenity of nature might provide a calming retreat from a hectic lifestyle.
The newest additions along the Heritage Trail are a number of exercise stations that were provided by the Northampton Area Exchange Club. Each station has an instructional guide for the most effective use of the equipment and they are conveniently located along the entire length of the Trail
26th STREET PLAYGROUND
In an area that was once land used for farming and with the efforts of Mike Faryna and other residents of the First Ward, the 26th Street Playground was constructed with a grant provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the 1970s this multi-tiered facility enjoyed the laughter of children and the fellowship of picnickers for the first time.
Time has only enhanced the beauty of the Park while the Borough has added many items to the Tot Lot and enlarged the modern restroom facilities. Two softball fields are available and on many evenings players of all ages enjoy basketball under the lights. Ample parking is provided in the area of two pavilions, one large enough to accommodate 125 guests, the other seats 75.
4th STREET PLAYGROUND
The 4th Street Park is the smallest of the Boroughs parks; however, 75 visitors can be seated in the Parks pavilion. The restroom facilities were built with assistance from the Bethlehem Vo-tech School several years ago, but the Public Works Department ensures that they are clean and ready for use. One of the newest features of the Park is a sand volley ball court and, along with a softball field, a basketball court and a tot lot, makes every visit a fun visit.
ATLAS SPORTS COMPLEX
The Borough's newest facility was dedicated in 2009. With a grant given by Northampton County for the purchase of the land, this sports field was built by the Borough Public Works Department. Under the direction and guildance of the Northampton Athletic Association - www.naasports.net area youth organizations utilize this complex for football and soccer.