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Allentown wants your vote for Cedar Beach Park in national contest

Published On: Jun 13 2013 01:30:41 PM EDT
Cedar Beach playground

Cedar Beach playground


The City of Allentown is in a competitive mood--and if it wins, it could mean an improved Cedar Beach Park.

The city has entered a contest -- "Take It To The Park" -- sponsored by Coca-Cola, which encourages people to get active and live healthy lifestyles.

The park that receives the most votes wins a $100,000 prize--and Allentown is hoping Cedar Beach is the top vote getter.


“Cedar Beach Park is a well-known and well-loved open space, running through the central-western area of the city,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “People regularly jog on its paths, swim in its pool, walk around Muhlenberg Lake, play basketball or volleyball on its courts, and attend special events there by the thousands. Additionally, thousands of people bring their young children to the Destination Playground there.”

John Mikowychok, Allentown's director of parks and recreation, says the funds would be used to improve the basketball court area.

“Depending on funds awarded, and the prizes range from $100,000 for first place to $15,000 for a ‘Wildcard’ grant, the city would use the funds to resurface the four basketball courts and adding water fountains, permanent bleachers, a Rain Garden and adult exercise equipment for parents at the playground,” Mikowychok said.

You can vote online once a day. Double count vote days are June 21, July 13 and July 14.

Plans are being developed to set-up voting booths at the upcoming, 18th Annual Stellar Basketball Tournament from July 11 to 14.

Voting ends July 15.

To vote, go online at