Adopt-A-Park Program Underway!

Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced the Adopt-A-Park program today at a press conference in the MLK Government Building.  Mayor Papenfuse lauded the more than a dozen individuals and corporations that already have answered call to ensure Harrisburg’s parks are safe and attractive. And he  called for others — businesses and citizens — to step up and help Harrisburg have green and clean parks for everyone to enjoy.

The city recently announced Riverfront Park was accepted in Macy’s “Heart Your Park” campaign in partnership with National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) for the month of March.  Macy’s has pledged to match money shoppers donated to the fund and present it to the city in June.

Other “Adopt-A-Park” projects and activities include:

  • A $50,000 donation from the Kunkel Foundation given for conservation and creation of Kunkel Plaza.
  • The Peace Garden along Harrisburg’s riverfront, from Maclay to Emerald Streets, was developed by the Harrisburg-Hershey chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), working in partnership with the city, in 1990.  It has been funded and maintained by PSR since that time.
  • United Way of the Capital Region will sponsor a beautification youth service project on April 4 on City Island.  UWCR also sponsored projects  at Italian Lake, Reservoir Park and Sunken Gardens.
  • Messiah College – Messiah has “Day of Service” on April 10 and has recruited volunteers to assist with beautification, modification and/or restoration of select playgrounds.
  • Harrisburg Young Professionals has pledged to adopt one park each season, including City Island, Riverfront Park, Italian Lake and Reservoir Park.
  • The Italian Lake Coalition has pledged $2000 to help maintain Italian Lake
  • Jewish Community Center –  Will perform maintenance on the Holocaust Monument  at Front and Verbeke Streets on May 2-4, 2014
  • Boy Scouts / Pride of the Susquehanna  will work on a Fallen Heroes memorial starting in April at Riverfront Park.
  • Inspirations Bath and Kitchen Studio by Hajoca has pledged to maintain the entrance to Market Street Bridge.
  • Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police is preparing a feasibility study for a memorial statue and garden to fallen soldiers in Reservoir Park.
  • Jump Street is coordinating efforts from area Eagle Scouts to maintain the  drummer boy statue near the garden at the Civil War Museum.


For more information, contact:  Joyce M. Davis at or 717 255 3015.


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