Parks and Recreation

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Jim Eister
Parks and Public Property Director

225 Market St
Sunbury, PA 17801

t: 570-286-7820
f: 570-286-3090 


The Department of Parks and Public Property is commonly known as "Parks and Rec" and is responsible for all city parks, recreation activities, and city-owned properties and buildings, and the City Cemetery.  Sunbury has many beautiful parks, exciting playgrounds and other recreational areas for you and your family to enjoy. 

A Recreation Board provides oversight for the planning of Sunbury Celebration held annually in July.  It is a wonderful family fun event with lots of free activities for kids culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.  The Board also oversees the management of Sunbury's sports complexes and playground programs.

Private use is available at some locations.  Fees may apply.  Use the boxes below to go to site-specific information.

Persing Recreational Complex

Baseball and softball fields, skate park

Eister Youth and Community Center

Community Pool, Ice Rink, and Tennis Courts



Fort Discovery, Oppenheimer Pleasure Grounds, and others 



Cameron Park, Phillips Park, Keithan 's Blue Bird Gardens

City Cemetery
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The City Cemetery is as old as the City itself. 


It is the burial place of Lewis Dewart (November 14, 1780 – April 26, 1852) and his son William Lewis Dewart (June 21, 1821 – April 19, 1888).  Both men served in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Historical records regarding burial lots, burial permits, and burial logs have been scanned and are available in the FileShare section.