Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan was recognized this week for his work in recreation.
The Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society presented him with its Local Government Award at the Lehigh Valley Forge Radisson Hotel in King of Prussia.
Diane Kripas of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural resources, nominated Callahan for the award. Kripas described Callahan as a mayor “who gets ‘it,’ nudges state agencies or railroad companies when needed and even leads 175 playground volunteers in warm-up exercises,” according to a news release.
As mayor, Callahan has led millions of dollars worth of recreational improvements, including the rail-to-trails park on the South Side, the skate plaza and renovations to Higbee park.
Where was all this stuff to personalize Callahan during the 2010 campaign? There’s a great political story there that largely went unused.