Southside Nature Park & Playground

Project Information



  • Dallas Township


  • Dallas Township, Luzerne County, PA


  • Over 8,000 square-foot park
  • Phase I of a multi-phased plan



Southside Nature Park & Playground

Township officials, Isett associates, and community members experienced a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction watching families enjoy Dallas Township’s new nature playground, moments after the Township held a ribbon-cutting celebration in September 2021.

Isett helped develop a master plan with input from residents of the township in Luzerne County, then helped acquire grants and contributed various services toward the project as the site transformed into a community park to be proud of. Isett’s Landscape Architecture and Project Management & Construction Services departments were part of the planning, design, and construction process.

The structures and natural areas of the 8,000+-square-foot playground are designed in sections to accommodate 2- to 5-year-olds and 5- to 12-year-olds of all abilities and interests. Built near a slope off Route 309, large boulders retain terraces of landscaping, walkways, and an amphitheater. Trees removed from the site were recycled to create stepping structures within a soft safety surface. The project also integrates MS4 stormwater improvements to help clean rainwater runoff from a development upstream from the site.

Isett looks forward to assisting Dallas Township with the next phase—design of a pedestrian bridge over Toby Creek and a trail to connect to the rest of the park.