Parks & Facilities

Carlisle Borough's Parks and Recreation Department owns and/or maintains 17 park areas, playgrounds, pavilions, and facilities totaling more than 175 acres of parkland for the Carlisle Community.  For details on each park please visit the parks and facility directory, link below.

Parks & Facility Directory

General Park Information

  • Park Hours: Dawn to Dusk. No overnight parking.
  • Carlisle Borough parks exist for the enjoyment and recreation of the community. Park users must be respectful of property and other park users. Natural resources and wildlife are to be preserved.
  • Please enjoy the ducks and geese, but do not feed them! Feeding waterfowl causes nutritional deficiencies that lead to disease, deformity and overcrowding.
  • Yg_LungswDogs are permitted at all parks except Memorial Park. They must be kept on a leash no longer than 6’. Owners must dispose of waste appropriately. Dogs may not be left off-leash on trails or in open spaces. Violators will be fined.
  • All Carlisle Borough properties are alcohol-free and tobacco-free. This includes parks, buildings and parking areas. Carlisle is a Young Lungs at Play! Community.
  • Commercial tents and entertainment equipment (such as bounce houses) are not permitted.
  • Spray Pool: (Letort, Biddle Mission, Memorial Parks) operate Memorial Day to Labor Day and turn on 11:30AM-7:30PM. 
  • Fireworks, open fires, and paper lanterns are prohibited in borough parks. Fines apply. 
  • Merchandising, advertising, fund-raising and profit-making are not permitted without approval by the Parks and Recreation Director.
  • Community events may be permitted only at the discretion of the Parks and Recreation Director.
  • Tennis courts, pickleball courts, basketball courts and spray pools should be used only for their intended purposes. Bikes, scooters, skateboards and other sports equipment may not be used on these surfaces.
  • Metal detecting is permitted when conducted in a way that does not damage natural and cultural resources. Visit the FAQ for more detail on the Metal Detection policy.
  • Renting the facilities to make a profit is NOT permitted.
  • Click HERE for a PDF of the Carlisle Borough facilities, parks and amenities.

Rental Information

    • To ensure availability, we strongly encourage reservations for park and pavilion usage. Rest room keys (for LeTort, Biddle Mission and Valley Meadows) are available only to renters.
    • Contact the Parks and Recreation office to make a reservation over the phone or in person. Reservation requests may also be made online 24/7 for pavilions and Shafer Cabin. Visit our ActiveNet website to view facility availability or to make a online reservation request. 
    • Payment is required to confirm a reservation. Cash, check, debit and credit cards are accepted.
    • Cancellation of a reservation must be made at least a week in advance. Rental fees will be refunded, less a 10% administration fee. 
    • Renters must clean up and dispose of trash by the end of their rental period, or by dusk, whichever is earlier.
    • If a pavilion, green space, or sports field is not reserved, it is available to other park-goers on a first-come basis.

Renter Regulations

2024 Facility Fees

  • LeTort Main Pavilion: Borough Resident: $75/day; Non-Resident: $83/day
  • LeTort Lions Pavilion: Borough Resident: $35/day; Non-resident: $40/day
  • Biddle Mission Pavilion: Borough Resident: $35/day; Non-resident: $40/day
  • Valley Meadows Pavilion: Borough Resident: $35/day; Non-resident: $40/day
  • Heberlig-Palmer Pavilion: Borough Resident: $35/day; Non-resident: $40/day
  • Thornwald Ampitheater: Borough Resident: $60/day; Non-resident: $66/day
  • Thornwald Gazebo: Borough Resident: $25/day; Non-resident: $29/day
  • Sports Field Use: Borough Resident: $35/day; Non-resident: $40/day
  • Green Space Use: Borough Resident: $10/hour; Non-resident: $12/hour
  • LeTort Ballfield Lights: Borough Resident: $15/hour; Non-resident: $17/hour

Stuart Community Center

  • Gym and Stage, Kitchen, Meeting/Multi-purpose Room Rentals

Shaffer Park Cabin

  • Full-Day Cabin Rental
  • To rent Shaffer Cabin, complete a Shaffer Cabin Rental Application and submit it in person at Carlisle Parks and Recreation.

Carlisle Community Pool

  • Pavilion Rental, Public and Private Pool Parties
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Carlisle. PA 17013
717-243-3318 MON - FRI 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM