Joseph Zeller, Recreation Director
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City of Hazleton study seeks input on area recreation

Citizens of Hazleton and surrounding communities can have an impact on the future of the area’s parks and recreation programs by completing a survey open now through Nov. 30.

The City of Hazleton tasked Barry Isett & Associates with studying existing recreational amenities and identifying needs and potential improvements.

“Recreation is a critical part of childhood,” said Hazleton Mayor Jeff Cusat. “Each child has different interests which lead to the happy and healthy habits developed in childhood that are carried over to adulthood.”

An important part of the process is the public survey, which allows community members to offer feedback through questions about local parks and recreation. Who uses the parks? What do they like and what do they think needs improvement? What are the needs of the community? What amenities are missing from parks that residents find attractive?

“The city wants to collect data on the things that are important to each individual and family, to enjoy the areas we have,” Cusat said.

The survey is available in English at and in Spanish at

Barry Isett & Associates will review responses and use the feedback, along with other research, to help develop recommendations to the City of Hazleton. Isett experts have experience with similar studies and municipal planning efforts across eastern and central Pennsylvania.

For more information on this project, contact Stephanie Milewski, Registered Landscape Architect at Isett, at 570-497-8362 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The City of Hazleton Recreation Department has something for everyone - young and old.

An alliance between the City of Hazleton and the School Board of the Hazleton Area School District, has made recreational facilities available to residents of not only Hazleton, but also the 16 municipalities within the school district.

Facilities include 13 play sites, two ballfields, 15 basketball courts, a soccer field, street hockey area, two ice skating rinks, and five indoor pools (including one Olympic-sized pool).

Access to a range of facilities has paved the way to a future of recreation in Hazleton unparalleled by any city of the same size. Planned activities include aerobics, bowling, yard ball, cheerleading clinics, arts and crafts, field hockey, flag football, badminton, horseshoes, tennis, track and field, volleyball and learn-to-swim courses.

One such activity, the Saullo-Serany summer basketball program, has become a Hazleton staple, ensuring all youngsters have the opportunity to participate in an organized basketball league.

In addition to the recreation facilities provided in and around the city, there are also eight golf courses within a 20-mile radius of Hazleton, including a Jack Nicklaus course at Eagle Rock Resort.


Hold Your Flag High Day, also a new event, had families celebrating the 4th of July at Hazleton's Harmon-Geist Stadium with fireworks and free flags for all children under age 14. There were also refreshments, face painting and a clown to entertain kids of all ages.

Sponsored by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Funfest has become a summer event that draws thousands into downtown Hazleton. The city shows off its fun side with games, crafts, entertainment, food and lots more. It's a carnival-like atmosphere that focuses on all the good things Hazleton has to offer.

Dunk Drugs Day, in association with National Night Out, gives kids the power to just say "no" to drugs with a night of games and activities.