Wilkes-Barre’s “Diamond City” Shines

Wilkes-Barre PAWhile we offer a calendar of fun events to keep our Gateway residents busy, there is a lot to explore in the local area.

Nicknamed the “Diamond City”, due to its coal mining and industrial roots, Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania holds the fourth largest workforce in Pennsylvania. About 60 new businesses, including Geisinger Health Systems, Blue Cross Health, and eBay, have settled here, creating 15,000 downtown employees. Wilkes-Barre is also known for it’s convenient “walk-to-everything” life style. Within the downtown Public Square, you can find both locally owned and nationally recognized restaurants, plus the seasonal Thursday Farmer’s Market.

For individuals who are less about the city life and more about enjoying nature, Wilkes-Barre has a variety of different parks. Kirby Park is the largest, at 52 acres and it’s right next door to Gateway Apartments. It is one of Wilkes-Barre’s most valued areas for relaxation. Here, one can partake in several different activities including tennis; fitness trails, walking paths, running tracks, softball, volleyball, and more. Also, Wilkes-Barre is only a short drive from the Pocono Mountains, known for romantic getaways and outdoor activities including adventure parks, biking, hiking, zip lining, paint-balling and horseback riding.