May 25, 2018
HARRISBURG –  Representatives for the City of Harrisburg will begin conducting surveys of residents on State Street on May 30 and 31 as part of the new “Vision Zero” initiative to combat increasing rate of traffic fatalities.
The surveys are part of a multi-pronged approach that will include gathering data on traffic accidents, engaging residents in public meetings and designing effective strategies aimed at eliminating deaths from traffic accidents.
Survey will be conducted at the corner of 17th and State Streets at the following times:
Wednesday, May 30, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
Thursday, May 31, 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
“’Vision Zero’ will engage the community in identifying the causes of Harrisburg’s increasing traffic fatalities, including those involving pedestrians,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “The initiative also will engage the community in finding solutions to this distressing problem in our City.”
Paper surveys also will be available at Fire Station #2, 140 N 16th St, Harrisburg, in a secure box until June 7.
Online surveys at can be completed through June 7.
Please see fact sheet below on Vision Zero:
What is Vision Zero?
A plan to improve pedestrian, cyclist, and driver safety in Harrisburg, beginning with State Street. The plan will focus on road design; pedestrian, cyclist, and driver education; and enforcement.
When does Vision Zero start and end?
The surveys on May 30 and 31 will kick off Vision Zero in Harrisburg. The plan is expected to be completed in 6-8 months, and end with a set of recommendations for safety improvements.
What is included in Vision Zero?
Vision Zero will include a community and commuter survey about road safety, including safety along State Street and other roadways. There will also be community workshops and meetings that you can attend to provide input and keep up with study progress.
Why is Harrisburg creating a Vision Zero plan?
Vision Zero is a plan designed to eliminate serious injuries and deaths on City roadways. Vision Zero is being kicked off in Harrisburg in response to increased injuries and deaths along State Street and other Harrisburg roadways.
Where is the study focused?
The first phase of the study take place this summer along State Street, with the study expanding to downtown Harrisburg this fall. Surveys will be conducted on the street and online. Workshops and public meetings will be held in convenient locations in the community.
How to participate
We want to involve the entire community, and we want to know what you think:
  • Join our community survey pop-up events May 30 and 31 along State Street
  • Take the survey online at  from May 30th to June 7th
  • Visit Fire Station #2 between May 30th and June 7th to complete the survey in person
How to get more information
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.
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HARRISBURG (May 24, 2018): The City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water will be hold a Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise networking and certification event on June 1, 2018. This event, sponsored by the Keystone Contractors Association, will connect local construction companies through networking and increase opportunities for small, diverse businesses on upcoming construction projects.

The City of Harrisburg will host a press conference with Mayor Eric Papenfuse to provide more details about the event at 1o a.m. Wednesday, May 30 in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

Event Details:

What: Doing Business with the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water, Meet the Primes & MWDBE Certification Event

When: Friday, June 1, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, PA 17103

Register Online:

MBE/WBE/DBE certifying agencies, financial institutions, and bonding and insurance firms will also be on hand to help local businesses prepare for doing business with the City of Harrisburg and Capital Region Water.

In 2016, Capital Region Water passed a MWDBE Plan requiring minimum participation levels for MWDBE on all construction projects that exceed the bidding threshold established for municipal authorities in Pennsylvania. More information about Capital Region Water’s Business Diversity Program and MWDBE Plan can be found online at


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Here’s What’s Happening At Artsfest 2018


Blending world-class art with the beauty of the Susquehanna River, Artsfest brings together artists and community members from around the region and the country. Held annually in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Artsfest features over 250 exceptional, juried artists and craftsmen from across the United States and Canada.

Additional Information

Hand-crafted works will be available for sale in sixteen different categories, including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber (decorative and wearable), furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.

This FREE festival attracts over 40,000 visitors over the 3-day weekend with individuals and families from local communities, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, MD, Washington D.C.,  New York and more, annually to the Greater Harrisburg Area.

The festival includes an entertainment stage where original musicians preform all three days. Featuring the best of regional scholastic bands, exciting emerging original bands and additional performers by the Central PA Friends of Jazz, hosted by Steve Rudolph. Artsfest is also home of Kidsfest and FilmFest. These events allow the festival to be both family friendly and attractive to a unique audience of independent film fans.

As the largest festival in the Harrisburg region, Artsfest has been the winner of six Harrisburg Magazine’s “Simply the Best” Awards and honored as one of Sunshine Magazine’s Top 13 Festivals.

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April 15, 2018 HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will announce the start of a glass recycling program in the City of Harrisburg at a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2018 in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a way for our residents to recycle glass jars and bottles,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “This is just another way we’re trying to implement environmentally friendly programs that will make us a green and progressive city.”

The Mayor will announce locations where residents will be able to drop off glass for recycling beginning Earth Day, April 22, 2018.  Specific glass products, including jars and bottles without lids or tops, will be accepted.

Glass products such a mirrors, windows and drinking glasses, are not acceptable for recycling in the program.

Drop-off locations will be posted on the City’s website and on social media.  They include:

  • Shipoke
  • Hall Manor
  • Kline Plaza
  • Fire Station Two
  • Fire Station One
  • Fire Station Eight
  • Broad Street Market
  • Uptown Shopping Plaza
  • Dept. of Public Works
  • William Howard Day Homes

Please click here to see the Glass Recycling map with drop-off locations.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.


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March 26, 2018  Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., to announce details of the plan to provide free parking after 5 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg.  The Mayor will be joined by representatives of SP Plus, the Downtown  Improvement District (DID), Dauphin County and downtown business owners to provide information on the start date for the free parking as well as the map of the area that will be included.

“We want to make sure we provide specific information about where the free parking will be in effect as well as when it will start,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “There will be specific areas where the free parking will be provided and new signs will be posted to mark the free parking zones.”

The free parking that will become available in Downtown Harrisburg after 5 p.m. is the result of collaboration among the City, Dauphin County, business owners and SP Plus.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.

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March 22, 2018 

HARRISBURG – Four parks in the City of Harrisburg are now closed through September 2018 due to construction work that will lead to significant improvements of the parks in a collaborative effort between the City of Harrisburg’s Parks & Recreation Department and Capital Region Water.

The parks that are closed include:

  1. Cloverly Heights Playground, 1204 Rolleston St.
  2. Penn Sayford, 1321 Penn St.
  3. Norwood & Holly Playground, 210 Norwood St.
  4. Royal Terrace, 1200 King St.

Residents are advised to avoid these parks until further notice from the City of Harrisburg. Parents/Guardians are requested to alert children that the parks are closed and ensure they do not enter the area.  The City will strictly enforce trespassing ordinances during the closures to protect public safety.

Streets near parks also may be closed during the work periods, and the City will alert the public at least 24 hours in advance.

Please contact 311 or [email protected] with questions.

The City of Harrisburg, Parks & Recreation and Capital Region Water are working together to improve the City of Harrisburg Parks & Playgrounds. The project is funded by Capital Region Water, Department of Conservation and Natural Resource, The Department of Community and Economic Development and Impact Harrisburg to address issues discovered in a 2015 audit of the city’s playgrounds.

ADA accessibility issues will be addressed at each of the parks. The basketball courts at Royal Terrace and Cloverly Heights also will be improved to make them more environmentally friendly.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at

[email protected], or call 717 255 3015.



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Update From The Bureau Of Police For The Upcoming Parking Permit Renewal Period

It is parking permit renewal time.  The fee for residents renewing their currently held permit is $25.00; new permit applications require a fee of $30.00. Residents who are age 65 or older, and are handicap are exempt from residential permit fees. Permits will be available for renewal by mail, starting March 1, 2018.  

The Harrisburg Police Parking Enforcement Unit encourages all eligible residents to apply for parking permits by mail.  If you wish to apply for your 2018 residential parking permit by mail you must send your request with the documents specified below to:  

Parking Enforcement Unit 

Residential Permit Parking  

123 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor 

Harrisburg, PA   17101 

With each request, you must enclose a check or money order for the appropriate amount made payable to the CITY TREASURER.  If you are an ELECTED OFFICIAL, STATE EMPLOYEE or COLLEGE STUDENT, living in the city on a temporary basis, send a copy of: 

  1. Your driver’s license 
  2. Your vehicle registration 

NOTE:  If the above documents have a current Harrisburg City address, nothing further is needed.  If it does not have a Harrisburg City address, you must submit a copy of your lease or letter from state government or college personnel office on letterhead confirming your residency status along with a copy of your state employee/college identification card. 

If you are a BUSINESS, send a copy of: 

  1. Your driver’s license 
  2. Your vehicle registration 
  3. Your current mercantile license 
  4. Your lease/deed to property 

NOTE:  Please keep in mind you are entitled to ONE parking permit only.  


  1. Your driver’s license 
  2. Your vehicle registration 

NOTE:  If your current, eligible Harrisburg City address is not reflected on your driver’s license and/or vehicle registration, you may receive a temporary permit (expires 30 days from issue) with a copy of the above (driver’s license and vehicle registration) and lease/deed at no cost.  After you have updated your driver’s license and vehicle registration through PENNDOT, you may apply for a permanent permit. 

Please note:  your current permit expires March 31, 2018.  Please do not display the new permit until April 1, 2018.  Displaying an invalid or expired permit on or after April 2, 2018 may result in the issuance of a parking ticket pursuant to the provisions of the City Ordinance, 3-139, Residential Parking Permits. 

Please also understand that you will not be issued a permit if you have any OUTSTANDING PARKING TICKETS OR CITATIONS.  Anyone who transfers a permit to another individual will be placed on the ineligible list for permits and may be subject to criminal prosecution. 

All applicants are encouraged to apply for parking permits by mail.  You may also obtain a permit by coming to the Parking Enforcement Office starting on or after March 12, 2018 from 8:00AM to 3:45PM, Monday through Friday.  The Parking Enforcement Office is located on the 2nd Floor of the McCormick Public Safety Building, at 123 Walnut Street. If you intend to come in person to renew your parking permit the Parking Enforcement Office recommends that you pay with a check or money order, made payable to the City Treasurer, which will be accepted at the Parking Enforcement office. 

Please be advised, if you intend to pay with cash, you will have to exit the Police Station, walk outside, and around to the City Government Center @ 10 N 2nd St, and into The City Treasurer’s office to make your payment. Then return back to the Parking Enforcement Office the same way to retrieve your new parking permit.  All cash or transactions must be made through the City Treasurers Office after you apply for the residential permit at the Parking Enforcement office.   


Thomas C. Carter | Police Commissioner  



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STREET CLOSURE: Logan Street from Seneca to Schuylkill on 3/12



Street Name:


Street From:


Street To:


Start Date:


End Date:


Start Time:

8:00 AM

End Time:

3:00 PM








(717) 255-4346


[email protected]


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The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District Announces Details of 2018 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District is announcing the details of the Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 18, 2018. The parade is set to take place on Sunday, March 18th, at 2 p.m. A detailed map is available on the event website,

The parade will start on Commonwealth and Walnut streets, continuing down on Walnut and turning right on Second Street, along Restaurant Row to North Street. The parade ends at North and Third streets. The parade will feature an assortment of entertainment, Irish pipe and drum bands, fan-favorite fire trucks, animals, festive floats, Irish dance groups, and much more.

Also this year, we are honored to have Miss Pennsylvania, Katie Schreckengast, join us for the Parade. “We are pleased to be hosting this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and are excited to show off more of our downtown business community. We invite you and your family to join us for a great day downtown,” said Todd Vander Woude, Executive Director of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District.

Special thanks to this year’s parade sponsors: Kamionka Entertainment Group, McGrath’s Pub, Café Fresco, Brick Haus, Klock Entertainment, Zembies, Bridge’s Social Club, Sturges Speakeasy, HBG Realty, LLC, and Capital Gastropub. As a reminder, the Lucky Charm 5K/10K race will be occurring just before the parade. Starting at noon, the run will open up the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in downtown Harrisburg.

Those interested can sign up at Street parking will be free on Sunday. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook. For more information, contact Todd Vander Woude at [email protected].


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March 1, 2018

 Harrisburg, PA – DiMartino Ice Company will offer live ice-carving demonstrations from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Friday, March 2 at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. 2nd St. in preparation for Harrisburg’s 2018 Ice & Fire Festival on Saturday.

The ice carving demonstration at the MLK Government Center will feature five life-sized ice sculptures, and another 12-foot Ketel One Ice Bar will be carved in front of Sawyer’s, 210 North 2nd St.

The five life-size ice sculptures include an eagle throne, cell phone, ice castle, double helix and snowflake. Two food trucks, Soul Burrito and Sprout Stream by Sven’s Café will be available to serve lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the carving preview in front of the City Government Center.

The finished carvings will be unveiled at the first Ice & Fire winter street festival, which will be held Saturday, March 3 from 1-9 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg.

“We invite people from throughout the region to join us to celebrate the beauty of winter,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “In addition to the ice sculptures, there will be fire dancers, food trucks and music for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice skating rink on Second Street, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 50-foot winter themed snow mountain slide, toboggan snow tunnel, ice castle with appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, Ketel One ice bar and more. The HBG Flea will offer a winter market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All performances and activities are free, including ice skate rentals.

“I would like to give special thanks to our Title Sponsors Capital BlueCross and D&H Distributing along with our Ice Skating Rink Sponsor Kamionka Entertainment Group, Marketing Sponsor Visit Hershey Harrisburg and Lighting Sponsor Klock Entertainment,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful event.”

The Ice & Fire festival will be held on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets. Road closures will include:

  • Second Street between Market & Pine Street – closing at 10 p.m.  Friday, March 2.
  • Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Street – closing 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3.

All road closures will end noon Sunday, March 4.

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.  In addition to the discounted garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including First National Bank, Gamut Theatre, Harrisburg University, Harristown/Strawberry Square, Harrisburg Young Professionals, Memorial Eye Institute, Days Inn Harrisburg North, Open Stage Harrisburg and SP

For more information, contact Joyce Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call



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