Resident Services

Parks, Recreation & Golf Courses


Summer Parks Program
Each summer, Wilkes-Barre's parks are staffed with helpers to make sure that children have a safe, fun experience. Supervised games and playgroud activities are available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. During the 2010 summer season, this free program runs from June 21 through August 27

Kistler Pool
Looking to beat the heat during the summer months? Visit Kistler Pool, located on Old River Road, from 11:00 am and 6:00 pm daily. Season passes for the pool are available in the Tax Office on the first floor of Wilkes-Barre City Hall for $7.00 per person for city residents and $20.00 per person non- residents. Daily passes are also available for $2.50 per adult and $2.00 per child. Trained lifeguards are present. During the 2013 summer season, the pool is open from July 1 through August 20

Kirby Park
Location: Kingston, just across the Market Street Bridge from downtown Wilkes-Barre (for GPS and online map services, please use 280 Market Street, Kingston, PA 18704 as an address for the park)
Size: 52 acres
Wilkes-Barre's beautiful Kirby Park is one of the region's most valued recreational resources. Given to the City of Wilkes-Barre by the Kirby Family, the park welcomes hundreds of thousands each year. The park is the setting for the City of Wilkes-Barre's annual Cherrry Blossom Festival, held during the last weekend of April, the city's Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration and countless community events.
It's amenities include tennis courts, a fitness trail, pond, walking paths, running track, softball fields, parking area, volleyball courts, pavilions and more.

To book a pavillion in Kirby Park for your event, please contact Special Events Coordinator
Liza Prokop at (570)208-4149 or by email at

To rent a field in Kirby Park for your next game, please contact Marc Murphy at (570) 208-4126. To view a map of Kirby Park that shows many of its amenities please click HERE

Barney Farms Park
City Location: South Wilkes-Barre on Gordon Avenue
Size: 13.1 acres
Amenities: 4 tennis courts, 1 baseball diamond, 2 basketball courts, 2 paddleball courts, parking area, and storage area

Charles Street Park
City Location: South Wilkes-Barre on Charles Street
Size: 1.0 acres
Amenities: playground

Coal Street Park
City Location: Heights section on Coal Street
Size: 37.0 acres

October 28, 2008 -

Mayor Thomas M. Leighton announced today that the City of Wilkes-Barre's $13.7 million project to rehabilitate Coal Street Park into a premier recreational complex has received $12 million in tax credits through the efforts of Congressman Paul E. Kanjorski, state and county officials.

"The renovation of Coal Street Park is a great example of how municipalities like Wilkes-Barre, working in cooperation with county, state and federal levels of government and the private sector can provide outstanding offerings for their residents. Through the cooperative efforts and support of officials such as Governor Edward G. Rendell, Congressman Kanjorski and the Luzerne County Commissioners, this public park will be completely renewed," said Leighton.

Congressman Kanjorski added, "These $12 million in tax credits are especially important because they are providing money to a project that might not have otherwise received funding during these turbulent times. Many states and municipalities, like Wilkes-Barre, have recently encountered difficulties in issuing bonds at affordable rates to fund roads, bridges, schools, and sewer projects, because of the economic downturn. Fortunately, we have the New Markets Tax Credit to help fill this void and ensure the completion of needed projects, like the Coal Street Park renewal."

The 31 acre park will be extensively rehabilitated, injecting life into one of the city's most highly trafficked roadways, creating an attractive entrance to downtown Wilkes-Barre and providing excellent public recreation offerings. The centerpiece of the project will be a two-story structure which will house a 500-seat hockey rink, state-of-the-art training facilities and office space. In addition, this facility will offer many opportunities for the public to ice skate, as well as participate in organized youth and adult ice hockey leagues, tournaments and sports camps.

"The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins look forward to having a presence in the City of Wilkes-Barre at Coal Street Park. The Coal Street location will provide outstanding resources for the team, as well as for members of the public who love to play ice hockey and other sports," said Jeff Barrett, CEO of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The former Ice-A-Rama structure will be renovated and connected to the new two-story new construction. The physical landscape of the park will also be reshaped with the demolition of the pool and the addition of amenities. Over $600,000 has been earmarked for the construction of two lighted basketball courts, tennis courts, an ADA playground and a multi-use sports field. The park will once again welcome youth sports teams to its grounds and aesthetically enhance the surrounding residential area. Improved parking, lighting and security cameras will ensure the safety of the public who will enjoy these facilities and programs.
Construction is scheduled to continue for the next 18 months.
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Dillon Street Park
City Location: Miners Mills on Dillon Street
Size: 3.2 acres
Amenities: storage area, playground, softball field, basketball and volleyball court

Eyerman Park
City Location: Rolling Mill Hill on Andover Street
Size: 1.4 acres
Amenities: playground, basketball court, and storage area

Firwood Park
City Location: South Wilkes-Barre on Carey Avenue
Size: 0.9 acres
Amenities: small open space park with benches

Gordon Avenue Park
City Location: South Wilkes-Barre on Gordon Avenue
Size: 4.4 acres
Amenities: baseball field and soccer field

Hollenback Park and Golf Course
City Location: North Washington Street
Size: 8.8 acres (park) and 102.6 acres (golf course)
Amenities: 9 hole golf course with clubhouse, shelter, storage areas, picnic areas, playground, baseball and softball fields, and parking area
For more information about Hollenback Golf Course, please call (570) 208-4251, or CLICK HERE.
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Huber Street Park
City Location: Mayflower section on Stanton Street
Size: 1.9 acres
Amenities: shelter, storage area, playground, basketball court, little league field

Madison/Flood Park
City Location: North End on North Washington Street
Size: 1.7 acres
Amenities: storage area, playground, basketball and volleyball court

Miner Park
City Location: South Wilkes-Barre on Old River Road
Size: 11.5 acres
Amenities: shelter area, equipped playground, wading and swimming at Kistler Elementary School, 1 baseball diamond, 2 softball fields, 2 basketball courts, 4 parking areas, and 2 storage areas.

Miners Memorial Park
City Location: Miners Mills on Dewey Lane
Size: 13.5 acres
Amenities: shelter, storage area, playground, 5 tennis courts, 2 baseball fields, 1 volleyball court, parking area, and 1 handball court.

O. Karma Terrace Playground
City Location: Under the South Street Bridge
Amenities: shelter and storage area, playground, basketball court

Parsons Park
City Location: Parsons on O.Brian Drive
Size: 3.8 acres
Amenities: shelter, playground, baseball and softball field, and parking area.

Public Square
City Location: Downtown Wilkes-Barre
Size: 3 acres
Amenities: open space park, benches, restrooms, stage area, storage area, and Farmer's Market

River Common
City Location: River Common on South River Street
Size: 17.3 acres
Amenities: open space area with benches

Scouton Lee Park
City Location: Parsons on Parkin Street
Size: 7.3 acres
Amenities: shelter, playground, baseball field, and basketball court

Frances Slocum Playground
City Location: Pennsylvania Avenue
Size: 1.0 acre
Amenities: playground and basketball court

Spruce Street Park
City Location: Rolling Mill Hill on Spruce Street
Size: 1.8 acres
Amenities: playground, storage area, horseshoe court

Weissman Park
City Location: East End on Scott Street
Size: .04 acres
Amenities: playground, shelter, and storage area

Golf Courses

Hollenback Park Golf Course
City Location: North Washington Street
The Hollenback Park Golf Course is an executive nine-hole golf course with additional tees available for eighteen-hole play.
The course consists of one creek and two ponds as water hazards, which come into play on four different holes.
With fast greens and narrow fairways, the course is ideal for experienced as well as amateur players.
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