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Northampton County's Parks, Trails and Open Space system consists of 18-county-owned parks, trails and conservation lands that highlight ridges, rivers, forest and farmlands.  The Parks & Recreation Division is responsible for the maintenance, management, improvement and development of the County's 2,035-acre park system as well as grounds maintenance at Gracedale, the Human Services Complex and the County Government Center. Our parks offer active and passive recreational opportunities for everyone. We also develop and deliver community outdoor recreation and environmental education programs for the public, and develop and implement conservation projects in our County Parks. 



Northampton County Parks, Trails and Open Space areas will remain open at this time.  As we continue to monitor the situation it is upon us all to take measures to ensure the safety of the public.

Pavilion Rental Reservations - if a reservation falls within the state of emergency, refunds will be provided.

Explore all Parks in Northampton County by categories:

 

*2020 Grant Opportunities - Due by 3 pm, April 30, 2020 by electronic submission only by the date and time*

  • Land Preservation projects are on an open grant round monthly throughout the year
  • All other projects, application timeline
    • Application grant round opens – March 4, 2020 
    • Grant workshop – March 25, 2020 at 9 am-11:30 am *will be conducted via Zoom teleconference

        • Grant Workshop Presentation can be found here 

    • Application grant round close April 30, 2020 by 3 pm  - electronic submission only will be accepted by the date and time; no hard copies

Eligible applicants include: Municipalities and Council of Governments in Northampton County, non-profit organizations, and institutions of Higher Education. Eligible projects need to be consistent with the Action Plan and Goals established in the Livable Landscapes – An Open Space Plan for Northampton County and be consistent with other regional and local plans.    

Eligible applicants can apply for a grant that falls within any topic area(s) that best fits your project.  The categories include:

  1. Land Preservation including fee simple acquisition or conservation easement of critical habitat, natural areas, agricultural lands, forest, and land threatened by development
  2. Ecological Restoration including riparian buffers, stream stabilization and habitat improvements, native grass & wildflower meadows, rain gardens, and climate change adaptations
  3. Planning, Education, and Outreach to adopt environmental regulations to protect natural resources, open space, riparian corridors, greenways, & trails
  4. Municipal Park Development and Rehabilitation of recreation and trails, with green infrastructure, best management practices, and stormwater management strategies  

 

GRANT INFORMATION:

The Livable Landscapes Grant Application - Appendix I can be found here

The Livable Landscapes Grant Guidelines can be found here 

Livable Landscapes Appendix II - Supplemental Information

Livable Landscapes Appendix IV - Grant Application Checklist can be found here

UPDATED 2020 Livable Landscapes Grant Opportunity Instructions can be found here *revised 3/24/2020

UPDATED 2020 Livable Landscapes Grant Application Announcement can be found here

 Livable Landscapes An Open Space Plan for Northampton County can be found here

 
GRANT REMINDERS:

  • Grant Applications are due April 30, 2020 by 3 PM
  • Refer to and complete Appendix IV - Grant Application Checklist of all documentation to be submitted with a grant application
  • Refer to Appendix II - Supplemental Information of all documentation to be submitted with a grant application; a thorough narrative (up to three pages) of all items listed in 1. Project Narrative/Scope of Work
  • Submit electronically, the completed application with all supplemental information and attachements via email to sacevedo@northamptoncounty.org
      • Sherry Acevedo, Conservation Coordinator
        Northampton County Division of Parks & Recreation
        Louise W. Moore County Park
        151 Country Club Road
        Easton, PA 18045
        sacevedo@northamptoncounty.org

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Please run through the grass, smell the flowers, hug the trees, sing to the birds, relax on the benches... and remember to follow
Northampton County's Park Rules and Regulations.

 

Explore the Trail Systems:

    Northampton County is a hub for major trail systems such as the Nor-Bath Trail, D&L Trail, September 11th National 
    Memorial Trail and Liberty-Water Gap Trail connecting to over 300-miles of land and water trails​.  For more regional information about trails throughout the Lehigh Valley, please visit THE LINK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recreation & Conservation Partners:
The Parks & Recreation Division works with a number of local partner groups, who provide expertise and support to use the parks as venues for large regional events that promote Northampton County, support the parks and improve the quality of life in Northampton County: 

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