Pick Up a Scranton Parks Passport and See if You Can Hit All 23 this Summer
Parks and Rec. Office unveils interactive passport to safe, summer fun.
This summer has been all about the staycation. Backyards, front yards, stoops and city sidewalks are the hopping new hotspots for cooling off, hanging out and busting out the sidewalk chalk and super soakers. This season, we’re keeping all that summer fun a little closer to home. And, while many are opting to forgo the typical road trip or sandy sojourn to the beach, the occasional change of scenery is more than an often-welcomed distraction.
According to Brian Fallon, Scranton’s Director of Parks and Recreation, there are 23 such distractions right here in the city. Each bustling with green trees, blue skies and plenty of summer sun. Get out there. Take a walk. Find a quiet bench in the shade. Embark on a weekly quest to discover the city’s coolest playgrounds.
Pick up a Passport and check out Scranton’s city parks.
Obviously with everything going on with the COVID-19 pandemic, the pools shut down. People have been cooped up in their houses, and we’re trying to give people the opportunity to go out. They can exercise in the parks, or go out and get some fresh air. Basically, we want people to get out and find parks that aren’t necessarily in their immediate neighborhood. I mean, there are a lot of city parks here that people don’t even know about.
Brian Fallon – Scranton Parks and Recreation Director
Experience a Small Dose of Summer Travel Without Ever Leaving the City
A fun, interactive way to discover city amenities just outside your neighborhood.
The Scranton Parks Passport features photos and often little-known facts about some of the city’s finest public parks. Each passport also includes a page of removable logos that act as stamps. All you have to do to play along is visit the parks in the booklet (All addresses provided). After, or during your visit, cut out one of the stamps, paste it to the park’s page. Then, snap a pic and hashtag it #ScrantonParks2020. And before you know it, you’re getting shout-outs from the Mayor’s office.
The Parks Passports launched in mid-July, and, since then, there’s been a notable increase in park activity. According to Fallon, “Down at Weston Field alone, we distributed close to 100 already.” He says the passports seem to be popular among grandparents and grandchildren. “They’re picking them up as little gifts for their kids and grandkids.”
The Passports include some of the city’s more famous spots like Nay Aug Park, or The Lookout. Though, you’re certain to find some truly hidden gems. Many of the parks feature playgrounds, sports fields and walking paths. Some offer public art, picnic tables, plenty of space to spread out and so much more. You might even stumble upon some of the Electric City’s often-elusive wildlife.
Pick up your Parks Passport today.
Scranton City Parks Passports are available at the following locations:
Weston Field House
982 Providence Rd.
Scranton, PA 18508
Scranton City Hall
340 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
Scranton School District Administration Building
425 N. Washington Ave.
Scranton, PA 18503
Office of PA State Representative Marty Flynn
409 N. Main Ave.
Scranton, PA 18504