News & Events

Boston Bus Trip -- Saturday, March 14 -- CANCELLED

Nov 22, 2019

Click here for the full brochure.

Spend the day with Friends in Boston!! Attend the Boston Flower & Garden Show. This year’s theme is “Garden Party: Celebrating Friends & Family” -- for more information, visit bostonflowershow.com.

Or spend the day your way – explore the North End, go to the New England Aquarium, walk the Freedom Trail, visit one of the world-class museums, or take advantage of Boston’s unique shopping scene.

The bus will leave Elm Avenue Park at 8 a.m. and return at 10 p.m. The cost is $66 per person for the bus and a discounted Flower Show ticket, or $50 for the bus alone. The cost includes a driver’s tip, an afternoon shuttle from the Flower Show to Faneuil Hall, and a donation to Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.

Print out the flyer, complete the form, and submit your payment by February 14.

Questions? Contact info@friendsofbethlehemparks.org or call 518-605-6580.

Dogs in Bethlehem Town Parks: Research Report & Recommendtions

Oct 01, 2019

Bethlehem’s Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan (November 2015) recommended that the Town “explore opportunities for on-leash dogs in selected town parks.”  Currently, animals are not allowed in most Town parks, except for the Town Dog Park, Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve (leashed dogs allowed), and on the public road that runs through Henry Hudson Park.

At the request of the Parks and Recreation Department and in accordance with the Friends’ mission and Strategic Plan, we accepted this task.  In the winter of 2018, Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation sought the community’s opinion to help develop recommendations for updating Town park dog policies.  Nearly 1,200 people weighed in on this issue.  Results can be found in The Community Survey Report (December 2018). A second report, Research Report and Recommendations  (August 2019, rev. September 2019) including policy and facility research, input from Town administrators, survey findings, and recommendations, is now available.

Based on these recommendations, the Parks and Recreation Department made a recommendation to the Town Board at its September 25, 2019 meeting to allow dogs in Town parks, with restrictions.  A public hearing on this issue will be held at the Town Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6 p.m.  Members of the public are encouraged to share their views. 

Click links to view reports.

I Love My Park Day -- Saturday, May 4 -- Colonial Acres Park

Mar 13, 2019

Colonial Acres Park (formerly Colonial Acres Golf Course) will be the site of Bethlehem’s 2019 “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Hosted by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Parks & Trails New York and the Town of Bethlehem, the event is being sponsored by a generous donation from M&T Bank.

“I Love My Park Day” volunteers of all ages are being sought for raking and general spring clean-up, weeding and planting flowers, and updating the picnic area. The first 50 volunteers to register by April 17 will receive a Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation t-shirt.

Parks & Trails New York organized the first “I Love My Park Day” in 2012 to enhance State parks and historic sites, boost volunteerism and raise the visibility of the entire State parks system and its needs. Many locally owned parks and their friends groups now participate in the event as well. This is Bethlehem’s sixth annual “I Love My Park Day.”

Registration:

To volunteer, contact info@friendsofbethlehemparks.org. Please indicate number of volunteers and t-shirt sizes (Adult small, medium, large, extra-large, and 2x available). Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect themselves from scrapes and insect bites, as well as shoes appropriate for muddy conditions. If possible, please bring work gloves, a rake and gardening tools. The rain date is Sunday, May 5 — registrants will be notified in the event of a rain delay.

Questions? Call 518-605-6580

Directions: Colonial Acres Park is located at 15 Saybrook Drive, Glenmont (from Feura Bush Road, turn on to East Bayberry Rd, then turn right onto Saybrook Drive)

Show Bethlehem parks some love — volunteer on May 4!

Boston Bus Trip -- Saturday, March 16 -- optional Flower Show tix

Jan 04, 2019

Click here for the full brochure .

Spend the day with Friends in Boston!! Attend the Boston Flower & Garden Show. This year’s theme is “The Beauty of Balance” -- for more information, visit bostonflowershow.com.

Or spend the day your way – explore the North End, go to the New England Aquarium, walk the Freedom Trail, visit one of the world-class museums, or take advantage of Boston’s unique shopping scene.

The bus will leave Elm Avenue Park at 8 a.m. and return at 10 p.m. The cost is $65 per person for the bus and a discounted Flower Show ticket, or $49 for the bus alone. The cost includes a driver’s tip, an afternoon shuttle from the Flower Show to Faneuil Hall, and a donation to Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.

Print out the flyer,  complete the form, and submit your payment by February 15.

Questions? Contact info@friendsofbethlehemparks.org or call 518-605-6580.

Dogs in Bethlehem Town Parks: Community Survey Report

Dec 28, 2018

Dogs in Bethlehem Town Parks: Community Survey Report

In the winter of 2018, nearly 1,200 people weighed in by taking the Dogs in Bethlehem Town Parks: Community Survey. Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation sought the community’s opinion to help the group develop recommendations for updating Town park dog policies. Updated policies are a goal of Bethlehem’s 2015 Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan.

Currently, animals are not allowed in most Town parks. Exceptions include Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve, where leashed dogs are allowed, and the Town Dog Park, where on- and off-leash dogs are allowed by permit. Also, while dogs are not generally allowed in Henry Hudson Park, they are allowed on the public road that runs through the park, in accordance with Bethlehem Town Code.

The questions in the survey pertained to all Town parks except the Dog Park. We expect to explore issues around the Dog Park at a later time. Also, consideration was given to on-leash access only.

The Community Survey Report can be found by clicking here.  A second report – including policy and facility research, input from Town administrators, survey findings, and recommendations will be available shortly.