August 15, 2018
By: Tom Meikrantz
Cedar Beach Park in Allentown has certainly become the gold standard for recreation in the Lehigh Valley. The recently completed Summer Basketball League attracts big crowds every Tuesday and Thursday night and now that the pool has reopened, parking is at a premium after 5:30. Of course, Cedar Beach hosts two high school basketball tournaments each summer. Bash at the Beach director Glen Klein recently announced his gig will expand to large and small school divisions. Outside of organized basketball, you’ll see pickup games occupying all four courts on other nights. A children’s park is adjacent to the basketball and a stroll around Lake Muhlenberg is the perfect way to end a summer day (bring your dog!).
Cedar Beach Pool had been closed the past two summers which was disheartening to see as I was a regular season pass holder growing up and later swam for Cedar in the summer high school swim league. I couldn’t imagine a summer without Cedar before I was old enough to get a summer job. From what I’ve seen driving past there the renovations look great and I hear there is a climbing wall within the pool. The layup looks unique and should keep the kids busy for hours. The old pool and poolhouse were dated. It used to have two low diving boards and one high one but you won’t see that again with today’s eye on safety!
How many people can remember the clay tennis courts at Cedar? Replacing them with basketball courts worked out quite well. There’s also an area for volleyball bordering the hoops action. The Rose Gardens across Ott St. and picnic pavilions dotting the two parks complement a splendid summer experience which I imagine most long-time Allentown residents take for granted but should appreciate. The city’s park and recreation department is one of the best.