Friendship Park, 247 E North St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Friendship Park sits at the core of the Northside Alive neighborhood.
Formerly known as Tank Park, it is beloved by long-time residents. But it has lost some of its community feel in recent years.
Seeking to revitalize the park, Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem hired the Baltimore-based Mahan Rykiel Associates Inc. to help reimagine Friendship Park. In June 2022, residents told the park consultant what they'd like to see in the new design.
The new Friendship Park plan was developed in concert with the community at several summer events.
We learned how our community currently uses the park, how it can be improved, and what you'd like to see in the new design.
Guests place stickers on their favorite proposed new park elements.
More than 100 people offered their reaction to the Friendship Park redesign.
We hope to make Friendship Park more inviting for everyone from toddlers to cyclists to senior citizens.
All of that feedback was incorporated into this design for a reimagined Friendship Park.
The City of Bethlehem recently hired, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. to create the construction and engineering drawings needed for the next phase of this project. We are actively applying for funding to support the project with a goal of starting construction in the spring of 2024.
Friendship Park is just one of many initiatives that our Safe & Vibrant Public Realm committee supports.
This group also creates and implements projects centered on streetscape improvements, making designated intersections safer, upgrading local parks and adding green space and public art.