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Nay Aug Park, Scranton

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Nay Aug Park is the largest park in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. An amusement park on the site closed in the 1990s, but a small amusement area still operates near the swimming pool complex. The park also houses the Nay Aug Gorge, the Everhart Museum, and two Olympic-sized swimming pools. At one time it also had a zoo.ParkThe gorgeThe Nay Aug Gorge was created at the end of the most recent ice age and is a popular (though dangerous and illegal, violators are slapped with heavy fines) swimming spot. In 2007 the David Wenzel Tree House opened with views overlooking the gorge and surrounding area. The tree house is designed to be fully handicapped accessible, and is the first of its kind in the area. A footbridge with views of Roaring Brook also opened in 2007.The zooThe Zoo at Nay Aug once hosted the famous Tilly the elephant and Joshua the donkey. The zoo closed in 1988, and the newest elephant Toni was shipped to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. in 1989. The zoo at Nay Aug remained closed until summer 2003, when it reopened as the Genesis Wildlife Center. In an article in Time's Magazine, this zoo in 2008 was the 4th worst animal treated (abuse) zoo in America. In 2009 the Zoo once again closed, due to public outcry over conditions, and Lackawanna College announced plans to turn it into a natural research center. These plans fell through, and the Scranton Recreation Authority started plans in 2012 to redevelop it as part of the park, removing cages but preserving the 70-year-old main zoo building. It was announced on August 27, 2014 that the zoo will be leased for $1 per year for the next 5 years by a local non-profit called "Street Cats" to spay and neuter the feral cat population in the city of Scranton.
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  • We visited this park a few days ago and were surprised how big and beautiful it was. It includes the Everhart Museum, hiking trails, a bridge over a gorge, a zoo, a bridge to a tree house, a water par...  more »
  • A beautiful park located on the east side of Scranton. There are walking trails, a museum, Olympic size swimming pool with a water slide. The memorial Rose Garden is beautiful Festivals are held here ...  more »
  • this is a great secret of Scranton, it has walking trails a small waterfall a tree house you can walk around in that over looks the gorge. There are places to picnic, places for the kids to play, plus...  more »
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  • Not sure how I feel about this park... I'll have to go again sometime this summer. It was absolutely gorgeous, we took the trail to the gorge. The reason I'm hesitant to give it more stars, is that ALL the attractions are closed, and it was 90 degrees in the middle of June, so I'm pretty sure it's not a seasonal problem. Swimming pools, they advertise 2 Olympic sized pools, both closed. Tree house, closed. Zoo, closed. Maybe they should update their website, or think about opening the attractions for the summer.
  • There are lots of paths to walk through here and most of them are easy to walk on. You can take a short walk or go on some of the longer trails.The views are decent. It is nice that it's in the city. It sure doesn't feel like it once you get on the trails.
  • A wonderful oasis in the city, and kept in largely good shape. The best features are it's natural assets--especially the falls--and I appreciate the walking trails the city added sdone years ago ... as does my dog!
  • Great park with a wide variety of things to do. The short walk to the water fall was great. The river is really hidden until you get down close to it. Be sure to wear shoes you can get a little dirty. Also, there are great things for young kids to do.
  • Anchored by a gorgeous gorge with a waterfall, Nay Aug Park offers a little slice of wilderness right in the city. About a dozen trails, ranging from stroller-friendly paved to extremely steep and barely marked, criss-cross the park, which includes two playgrounds, a neat tree house (wheelchair- and stroller-accessibleble!) and a public pool with pretty tall water slides. The Christmas lights displays are considered a local must-see.