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Who We Are

In the spring of 2012, the idea of a Bethlehem Parks and Recreation "friends group" grew out of the work of the Town of Bethlehem's citizen budget advisory team. The goal was to form a group to work with the Parks and Recreation Department to improve Bethlehem parks, recreational programming and their usership — by raising funds, organizing volunteers and increasing awareness. A steering committee came together, and in early 2013, Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation, Inc. was organized under the New York State Not-for-profit Corporation Law with an eight-member board of directors. Later that year, the Internal Revenue Service determined that the group is a public charity, tax-exempt pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. The Friends group is also registered with the Charities Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York.

Since then, the Friends group has participated in various activities and events, including:

The Friends board generally meets in the evening on the first Tuesday of each month via Zoom. Meetings will be posted on the calendar page of this website. The public is welcome to attend; email us or fill out our contact form to request access. 

Our Mission

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation is a collaborative partner with the Town of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department, working to protect, enhance and expand its recreation activities and parks to improve the quality of life for all residents.

We Believe

We believe that vibrant parks and outstanding recreation activities are essential to the high quality of life in our community. We believe that quality parks and recreation activities improve the health and cultural well-being of our residents and increase the Town’s value as a community and its economic competitiveness.

Our Guiding Principles

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If you wish to contribute to the work of this organization, we welcome your participation. Please contact us.

Our Board