Borough Parks
  1. Biddle Mission Park (5 acres) – 311 E. North St.
  2. Butcher Family Tot Lot (1 acre) – 46 Chestnut Ave.
  3. Carlisle Community Pool – 1236 Franklin St.
  4. Cave Hill Nature Center (20 acres) – 6 Cave Hill Dr.
  5. Forbes Path (21 acres) – 203 Meadow Boulevard., rear
  6. Goodyear Park (4 acres) – 205 S. Bedford St.
  7. Heberlig-Palmer Park (2 acres) – 131 Lincoln Ave.
  8. LeTort Park (12 acres) & Fort LeTort Playground  –  260 E. Pomfret St.
  9. Lindner Park (2 acres) – 629 W. Louther St. (between W. North St. & W. Louther St.)
  10. Memorial Park (2 acres) – 149 W.  Penn St.
  11. Mooreland Athletic Area (7 acres) – Mooreland Ave.
  12. Seven Gables Park (13 acres) – 3 Giant Ave.
  13. Shaffer Park (18 acres) – 1649 Spring Rd.
    Shaffer Cabin
  14. Spahr Tot Lot (1 acre) – 231 E. Mulberry Ave.
  15. Stuart Community Center – 415 Franklin St.
  16. Thornwald Park (32 acres) & Amphitheater – 350 Walnut Bottom Rd.
  17. Valley Meadows Park (18 acres) – 203 Meadow Boulevard
    Valley Meadows Park Improvements Plan Report
  • Parks Hours: Dawn to Dusk
  • Dogs are permitted (except Memorial Park) with a 6-foot leash and a pooper scooper. FINE = $300.
  • All Carlisle Borough properties are alcohol and tobacco free.  This includes parks, facility entrances and parking lots.

Cancellation Policy for Facility Rentals

(This policy pertains to Sports Fields, Green Space, Gym and Multi-Purpose/Meeting Rooms, Pavilions, Thornwald Amphitheater, and Shaffer Cabin.)

If you find it necessary to cancel a reservation for a Carlisle Parks and Recreation facility, you must notify our office at 415 Franklin Street during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Cancellation of a rental reservation should be made no less than 7 days prior to the date reserved. Rental fees will be refunded, minus a 10% administrative fee.

If you cancel a reservation less than 7 days prior to the date reserved, we will not be able to refund your money. However, if you reschedule, we will apply your previous payment, less a 10% administrative fee, to a future reservation as long as the new reservation is made the same day as the cancellation.

If the facility is closed due to inclement weather, a full refund or credit will be given.  Sorry, we are not able to issue refunds or credits for failure to show.

Email parksandrec@carlislepa.org for more detailed rental information.


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There are 12 parks in the Carlisle Borough that are adopted by all different organizations who help keep the parks clean.  If you are interested in Adopting a Park call (717) 243-3318 for more information.

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Use of Metal Detection Devices in Carlisle Borough Parks

Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Carlisle Borough parks.

The use of metal detection devices are permitted in Carlisle Borough parks under the following conditions:

  1. The activity does not conflict with other visitors to the park, or disturb lawn or  turf areas, rare or fragile plant or animal habitats, or archeological or natural resource sensitive areas.
  2. All disturbed areas must be restored to their original state.
  3. Any artifacts which may have historical or archeological significance are the property of the Carlisle Borough and shall be surrendered immediately to Department of Parks and Recreation. If discovered to be of no archaeological value, items will be returned to the finder.
  4. No specific permit is required at this time.
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Facility/Pavilion/Park Rentals

Rental Information

  • Reservations for can be made by stopping in or by calling the office at (717) 243-3318 with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover).
  • Reservations are required for all facility, park and pavilion usage.
  • Reservations should be made at least one week in advance.
  • Full payment must be made at the time of reservation.
  • You must include your set-up and clean-up time in the hours you reserve.
  • Renting the facilities to make a profit is NOT permitted.
  • Continuous reservations may be requested one month at a time, using the Second Monday Rule.

See the following handout for more information: 2018 Pavilion and Pool Rentals Brochure

Biddle Mission Pavilion:

  • 6 tables
  • $30/whole pavilion

Carlisle Community Pool

  • Memorial Day-Labor Day (pavilion, private rentals, public parties)
  • 8 tables
  • $40/whole pavilion, plus pool admission fees

Heberlig/Palmer Park Pavilion:

  • 6 tables
  • $30/whole pavilion

LeTort Park Lions Pavilion:

  • 4 tables
  • $20/whole pavilion

LeTort Park Main Pavilion:

  • 36 tables
  • $60/whole pavilion, or $5/table

Shaffer Park Cabin

Stuart Community Center (gym, kitchen, stage, meeting/multi-purpose rooms)

Thornwald Park Gazebo: FREE

Thornwald Park Amphitheater:

  • $50/day

Valley Meadows Pavilion:

  • $20/whole pavilion


Park – Green Space:

  • $10/hour

Park – Light Use (@ LeTort Park):

  • $12/hour

Ball Field Use:

  • $30/day

Tournament Use:

  • $100/day
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