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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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  • So sad to see this historical park deteriorating. The only time I visit it anymore is to make a stop at the Greenhouse for organic plants. Other than that, I don’t feel safe walking around the park ar...  more »
  • There is an amazing trail that winds down along the beautiful Roaring Brook. The Everhart Museum has some real gems, including paintings, artifacts and REAL GEMS. The Veteran's Memorial area is a grea...  more »
  • This was once the jewel of Scr. Now it's like a big empty lot. The gazillion dollar tree house paid for by tax dollars is now closed for safety reasons. They should sell it to developers.  more »
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  • Great park to go with your family! They also have two big pools in the summer also as well with two big water slides and so much more around the year
  • I've been going here since I was little and it never fails to bring me happy memories. The treehouse is beautiful, the trails are great for simple walks with your family & furbabies or jogging peacefully. This time of year, they have such a beautiful light display for Christmas!! A wonderful place!
  • Such a nice park, run so poorly. Its a beautiful place, but its poorly maintanted. The lights on the holiday displays are 1/2 burnt out. It would be better if they sold it to another town.
  • WAS a great place back in the day.. Zoo. Rides. Now for Christmas there is a drive thru light display which is adorable..Too bad the Everhart Museum is so down played...also a replica of coal mine..pool.
  • Great for everything outdoors; hiking, biking, jogging, walking. Live entertainment in the summer months. Plenty of room to picnic and covered space for groups. There are 2 playgrounds -both in decent shape. Large pools and waterslide open during summer months (for a fee). Volleyball court available, too. And don't forget about the "gorge"-waterfall included. Beautiful place.

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