"At the top of our street, at Packer Avenue was a fraternity. I think it was Theta Xi...for Lehigh - Lafayette weekend, they decorated the outside of the campus. I remember the one year they had a leopard and the students put a hose in the leopard to it would cry.
In 1927, the City of Bethlehem bought the land for this seven and a half acre park. In addition to the rose garden, the park includes a bandshell where Bethlehem's bands put on concerts during the summer.