Culture & Recreation

The City of New Castle has numerous parks within its boundaries that host many activities including those of little league baseball and adult softball leagues.  Annual events such as “Back to the 50’s”, are held at Cascade Park, one of the city’s oldest and best known parks.  Other outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, kayaking are welcome at McConnell’s Mill and Moraine State Parks located just minutes from New Castle.

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a good round of golf at many local golf courses.  Those located close by include the privately owned New Castle Country Club, and several public courses such as Castle Hills, Mohawk Trails, and Tanglewood, as well as the city’s publicly owned Sylvan Heights.

Children can enjoy year round sports while in school as well as during the summer months.  The schools, city, and townships provide baseball, football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, dec hockey, tennis and golf programs for the youth.

Serving the Lawrence County area since 1965, the Hoyt Center for the Arts has evolved into a recognized center for the arts.  The organization utilizes two mansions situate on five acres for its galleries, art and dance studios, exhibits, classes, performances, concerts, lectures and workshops.

The New Castle Playhouse was organized in 1958 to foster the art of theater.  The playhouse offers six full scale, main stage productions each year as well as various music, dance and drama productions.

The Lawrence County Historical Society , chartered in 1938, has for its purpose to preserve the history of Lawrence County and to educate the public.  The historical society is located in the elegant 19 room Joseph A. Clavelli mansion which overlooks the City of New Castle.  Several exhibits are displayed for public view in the mansion, which also houses the Lawrence County Sports Hall of Fame.

Those who are interested in fine dining, professional theater, dance, sports, and other entertainment may travel to Pittsburgh which is less than an hour drive from New Castle.