Commissioners Reopen County Parks On A Limited Basis

Commissioners Reopen County Parks On A Limited Basis


Sunday, May 3, 2020


The Lackawanna County Commissioners – Jerry Notarianni, Debi Domenick, Esq., and Chris Chermak – have approved the reopening of the four County parks for limited use beginning Monday, May 4, at 7 AM.

McDade, Merli-Sarnoski, Covington and Alyesworth Parks will be open to the general public Monday to Sunday from 7 AM until dusk when the parks close.

People will be able to walk, hike, jog, bike and fish.

Large group gatherings are not permitted under the Governor’s order. The restrooms and pavilions will remain closed, and sports activities will not be permitted.

The Coal Mine Tour will remain closed until further notice.

The Commissioners urge everyone using the facilities to practice social distancing.





Lackawanna Historical Society Collects Covid-19 Data to Build Local Archive

DATE: 4/1/2020

Lackawanna Historical Society
Mary Ann Moran-Savakinus, Executive Director
232 Monroe Ave., Scranton, PA 18510
[email protected]

Lackawanna Historical Society Collects Covid-19 Data to Build Local Archive

SCRANTON, PA – History happens every day, some days are more historic than others. Right now, we’re certainly living through a bit of history that will undoubtedly be studied by scholars in the future. To make their job easier, we’re excited to unveil the LHS Covid-19 Archive project, a virtual ‘instant archive” for members of our community to record their thoughts and reactions to the pandemic. In an effort to document this historic moment, the Lackawanna Historical Society has prepared two online surveys, one for students and one for adults, and created an upload link where individuals can share their personal experiences and reflections of how the pandemic is effecting them. The Lackawanna Historical Society is dedicated to documenting, preserving and interpreting Lackawanna County history and whats happening right now is a significant part of that history.

We invite the public to participate by going to:
to complete our survey or upload their story.

The Society will continue to not only document and collect data but is also working to provide interesting and educational local history programs including an online local history curriculum with discussion questions at

The public is encouraged to check our website and daily Facebook posts for more details on future projects.

For more information or to make reservations for the opening, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or email [email protected].

2020 Winter Golf Clinic

The Lackawanna County Commissioners 2020 Winter Golf Clinic will be held February 17 to March 12 at Goodwill Industries of NEPA Gym, 925 Prospect Ave, Scranton.

Commissioners rededicated the pond at Covington Park

The Lackawanna County Commissioners rededicated the pond at Covington Park once again to the DeSandis family, the original owner. The property had a cabin and pavilion, and Uncle Peter DeSandis hosted a variety of parties and events there. It was also used as a hunting and fishing destination. The County purchased the land in the late 1980s and transformed it into Covington Park.
L-r, Mark Dougher, the County’s Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation; Peggy DeSandis Burke, Lillian DeSandis, Peter DeSandis, Karen DeSandis, Shirley DeSandis, Carol DeSandis Tucker, and Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.