MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE 103rd KIPONA FESTIVAL 

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, at the MLK City Government Center to announce plans for the Kipona Festival that will be held August 31 – September 2 on Riverfront Park and City Island.  

“This will be an exciting event,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “and we are expecting large crowds from Harrisburg and its surrounding regions to join us for what promises to be an incredible 103rd Kipona Celebration.”   

“I especially want to thank our title sponsor, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, and our Gold and Silver Sponsors –UPMC Pinnacle and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency,” Mayor Papenfuse said. “Without their support, we would not be able to organize such a great festival.”  

This year’s event will feature returning attractions such as the Native American Pow Wow, Artist Market, Paws in the Park, tightwire walkers, canoe and kayak races, rubber duck race, crab cake eating contest, fireworks, live music with more than 30 bands in two performance areas, biergarten, 35 food vendors and more. Fireworks will be held on Sunday, September 1 at approximately 8:15pm.  

New activities slated for the Festival include the Festival of Colors, Holi, which is a Hindu celebration of new beginnings. Participants celebrate by tossing an array of colorful powder into the air and onto each other. The tightwire walkers will once again make a dramatic feat across the Susquehanna River on a tightwire and this year they will feature a special evening performance illuminated with fire torches and fire breathing on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. Participants of all ages can also join Sculpt Pilates and Barre for a Pilates mat class and herb planting workshop on Monday. Registration for the class is $15 and must be made in advance.  

The expanded family fun zone features free face painting and a kids craft. A kids stage will feature acts from Gamut Theatre’s Popcorn Hat Players, magician Eddy Ray, Ryan the Bug Man, Harrisburg Improv Theatre, Tha’ Maniacz dance group, Legacy Dance Group, a story hour with local author Debra Hervitz and more. Additional family fun zone activities include a 25-foot high rockwall on Saturday, a roller-skating rink in the street with free skating and skate rentals on Sunday and a free Bubble Festival with Grandpop Bubbles on Monday. Recreational opportunities such as the Dick Reese Canoe and Kayak Races and Harrisburg Free Kick Street Soccer Tournament will also take place on Monday.  

Street parking on Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2 will be free. Parking on City Island will be $5. SP Plus will provide $10 special event parking in the Market Square garage from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.  Four hours of free street parking on Saturday, August 31 will be available using the code “LUVHBG” in the ParkMobile App.  

Special thanks to all of our sponsors including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, UPMC Pinnacle, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Belco Community Credit Union, Capital Blue Cross, Aetna Better Heath, SP Plus, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Green Mountain Energy, Boost Mobile and Bath Fitter.  

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager, at  [email protected] or 717-255-6535. 

 

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HARRISBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO “NATIONAL NIGHT OUT” EVENT TUESDAY AUGUST 6

HARRISBURG –  The Harrisburg Police Department invites the community to a fun-filled free event, packed with activities for the whole family. 

What: “National Night Out” in Harrisburg will showcase games and activities for all ages.The event will feature giant inflatables, flag football with officers, face painting, a distracted driving simulator, police canine demonstrations, child ID fingerprinting presentations, emergency vehicles on display, and much more. Attendees will also enjoy free food, Kona Ice, ice cream, and Farm Show milkshakes! 

Where: Camp Curtin Academy Field, 2900 N. 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110

When: Tuesday August 6, 5-9 p.m.

Who: Harrisburg Police Department and other law enforcement from throughout the region, as well as over eighty community partners.

Background: “National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.” – National Night Out website https://natw.org/ 

For more information, contact Sergeant Kyle Gautsch at 717-255-3170 or [email protected], or Blake Lynch, at [email protected]

 

CITY OF HARRISBURG TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON NORTH SECOND STREET TWO-WAY CONVERSION PROJECT

What: The City of Harrisburg invites the public to participate in the second interactive meeting on the future of Second Street between Forster and Division Streets

When: 6-8 p.m. on July 18, 2019

Where: HACC Midtown, 1500 N. Third St, Harrisburg, PA 17102

Who: Representatives from the City of Harrisburg, its design consultants, and various project stakeholders will lead the discussion.

Please see attached flyer for more details. Vision Zero Public Meeting

MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE JULY 4th FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL & FIREWORKS FRIDAY AT MLK CITY GOVERNMENT CENTER

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28 to announce plans for the July 4th Food Truck Festival & Fireworks.

This year’s festival will be held Thursday, July 4th from 3 – 9 p.m. in Riverfront Park. It will include more than 40 food trucks with items such as artisanal grilled cheese, brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, pasta alfredos and cannolis, coconut butterfly shrimp, crab cakes and tacos. Festival favorites such as specialty burgers, fresh cut fries, kettle corn, cotton candy, fried oreos and funnel cake will also be available along with Farm Show milkshakes! A foodie guide with a complete list of food trucks and menu items is available at www.harrisburgpa.gov/july4th.

Select food trucks will arrive early to serve lunch starting at 1 p.m. this year. A list of participating trucks will be posted in the Facebook event. All other festival activities will not begin until the official festival start time at 3 p.m.

“I’m very excited for this year’s event” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Last year’s festival drew nearly 35,000 visitors and we are expecting an even larger crowd this year. And, I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg for their help in making this event possible.”

Non-stop entertainment will be featured on the main stage at Market Street and on the acoustic music stage in the Wine Garden with performances by the Shrimp Ryan Jig Band, Justin Angelo Band, Lost Love Horizon, Time Bomb, Alex Allegra and Keith Goldstein. Kids zone activities are free and include face painting, balloons and a patriotic kids handprint craft. Captain America, Wonder Woman and several other superheroes will be available to meet and take photos with kids from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

New this year will be a wine garden featuring local vineyards including J&P Winery, Bouchette Vineyards, 5 Schmucks Winery, Nissley Vineyards and the Winery at Hunters Valley.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15pm. The 15-minute fireworks show will include over 1,000 shells launched from the tip of City Island, providing all of Riverfront Park with a breathtaking view of the fireworks display.

Street parking on July 4th will be free, parking on City Island will be $5, and there will be $10 parking in the Market Square Garage from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Recycle Bicycle will provide free bike parking at Pine and Front Street. Attendees can also take public transportation to the festival. The train station is a short 10-minute walk from the festival and there is a bus stop just one block away.

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will perform in Reservoir Park at 7:30 p.m.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, UMPC Pinnacle, Capital Blue Cross, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, SP+ Parking, Aetna, Renewal by Anderson, Leaf Filter and Green Mountain Energy.

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti at [email protected] or 717-255-6535.

 

MAYOR PAPENFUSE AND COMMISSIONER CARTER TO PRESIDE OVER POLICE AWARDS AND SWEARING-IN CEREMONY THURSDAY AT THE FORUM

HARRISBURG – The Harrisburg Bureau of Police will be holding an Awards and Swearing-In Ceremony on Thursday June 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. It will be held at The Forum, 500 Walnut St.  Presentations include awards for bravery, heroism, and merit, as well as citizen commendations, for the 2018 calendar year. Nine new police officers will be sworn in during this ceremony.

For more information, contact Momin Bhatti, Communications Manager for the City of Harrisburg, at [email protected].

THE HARRISBURG BUREAU OF FIRE DEPLOYED BUOYS IN THE AREA OF THE DOCK STREET DAM ON APRIL 4, 2019

HARRISBURG – The Harrisburg Bureau of Fire deployed buoys in the area of the Dock Street Dam on April 4, 2019.

The Buoys are placed annually to create an exclusion zone around the dam. This year’s placement occurred nearly a month ahead of schedule.

To increase safety measures, flashing LED lights were added to the buoys this year. Buoys were also placed on the downstream side of the dam for additional safety and visibility. These downstream buoys complement the existing signage that have been in place on the Interstate 83 bridge, warning boaters of the dam ahead.

“I want to thank the Harrisburg Fire Bureau for ordering and skillfully deploying the new buoys.” Said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “We hope everyone enjoys the Susquehanna safely this summer.” 

It is encouraged that all boaters, fishermen, and others who recreate on any body of water should familiarize themselves prior to entering the water so they can be aware of any potential hazards that are present. Safety information on boating and waterway safety can be found at https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

CITY OF HARRISBURG BEGAN BUILDING DEMOLITION ON SOUTH 14TH STREET SINKHOLE MITIGATION PROJECT ON APRIL 2, 2019

HARRISBURG – The  City of Harrisburg began building demolition on the South 14th Street Sinkhole Mitigation Project on April 2, 2019.

With the financial and technical assistance of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), the City was able to purchase the 53 homes in the 1400 Block of South 14th Street which were affected by the sinkhole that developed in March 2014. The acquisition and demolition of these homes is the first federally funded sinkhole mitigation project in the United States.

Demolition activities are expected to take approximately 45 days followed by, site grading, lawn and tree planting. The end result is open space surrounded by a pedestrian path with deed restrictions prohibiting future development of the property.

“We are pleased to announce that we have started the demolition on this project.” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We are thankful that the federal, state and county agencies responded to our calls for help, and are looking forward to making this area safe for our residents.”

The City received a total of $5,779,099 in federal funding from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site.

The City also has been granted $1 million from Dauphin County to rehabilitate the sink hole site after demolition is completed and the area turned into a green space.

The project is a collaboration between the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

CITY OF HARRISBURG TO ANNOUNCE VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN AT MARCH 20 PRESS CONFERENCE 

March 18, 2019 HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the MLK Government Center to announce the details of the Vision Zero Action Plan.

The City of Harrisburg kicked off Vision Zero in May of 2018 in response to serious crashes involving pedestrians as well as an overall goal of improving safety on City Streets. The program envisions zero pedestrian and bicycle fatalities by 2030.

Over the course of several months, City specific surveys and meetings were conducted and a task force was created to produce a comprehensive action plan with policy, program and road design recommendations to improve safety for all users of Harrisburg Streets.

Copies of the plan will be distributed at the press conference.

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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