FREE PARKING ON CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS EVE IN CITY OF HARRISBURG

HARRISBURG –   Parking will be free in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, but will return to normal on Thursday, Dec. 26.

“We appreciate that SP Plus is providing free parking on Christmas and Christmas Eve,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse, “We hope this encourages people to come to downtown Harrisburg and enjoy the holiday festivities.”

The MLK Government Center will be open Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas and on Thursday, Dec. 26.

“AN INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF UNITY AND PEACE” IS THEME OF CITY’S ANNUAL GIANT HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY

Mayor Eric Papenfuse and the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will lead the City’s annual Giant Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in the atrium of the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St.

“An Interfaith Celebration of Unity and Peace” is the theme of this year’s celebration, which is sponsored by Giant Foods.  The company donated the 26-foot-tall tree as a gift to the City in December 2014 during Mayor Papenfuse’s first year in office.

The Mayor will offer remarks at the event, and members of the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council will offer words of inspiration.

THE CITY OF HARRISBURG EXTENDS LEAF COLLECTION THROUGH DECEMBER 20

HARRISBURG – Due to the late leaf drop, The City of Harrisburg is extending the leaf collection program through December 20, 2019. However, if there is a major snow event before December 20, leaf collection will cease at that point in time.

City of Harrisburg Public Works Crew are continuously working to make sure the leaves are collected quickly and efficiently. Capital Region Water is in close coordination with Public Works to continue street sweeping during leaf collection.

Reminders for Residents: 

  • Put leaves in brown paper bags at the curb the night before street sweeping. You can buy the bags at most hardware and home improvement stores. Plastic bags are not accepted at the composting site.
  • If you are unable to bag your leaves, you can pile them into the street the night before street sweeping. Please be sure not to block drains. Blocked storm drains can cause puddles or flooding when it rains.
  • Please follow the posted street cleaning schedule even if your collection day is a holiday. There will be no leaf collection on holidays.
  • For questions on leaf collections, please call the City at 311.  For street sweeping questions, contact Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606.

MAYOR PAPENFUSE TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF THE 2019 HOLIDAY PARADE AT PRESS CONFERENCE ON TUESDAY

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, at the City Government Center to announce the 2019 Holiday Parade that will be held on November 23 at 12 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg. This year’s parade theme is “Winter Wonderland.

“We are very excited about this year’s parade,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We are expecting a large crowd this year along the parade route as we kick off the holiday season.” The parade will include high school marching bands, dance performances, local celebrities, musical acts, vintage and classic cars, theatre groups, decorated floats, and costumed characters.

“I would like to give special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg. Without their support, we would not be able to put together this wonderful parade,” Mayor Papenfuse said.

The parade route is as follows: Market Street to Second Street, Second Street to North Street, North Street to Front Street, Front Street to City Island. Road closures will begin at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 4 p.m.

Large parade balloons, provided by Starbound Entertainment, will complete the entire parade route and feature both cold air and helium balloons. Balloon designs include a snowflake, Rudolph, snowman ornament, turkey in traditional pilgrim settler attire, and a snowglobe featuring an elf. 

Five food trucks will be available on Market Street from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. including: 717 Tacos, Knead HBG, Tiki T’s Mini Donuts and More, Get Rollin’ Gourmet Eggrolls and Bartlebaugh Concessions. A carnival game will also be available. 

A parade map and foodie guide are available at harrisburgpa.gov/holiday-parade.

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

Following the parade, join Santa for hot chocolate and cookies in Strawberry Square, while supplies last, followed by the awards ceremony. Awards will be given to the top Dance, Step & Drill Team Units and cash prizes will be given to the top High School marching bands. All parade participants are eligible to enter the “Best in Theme” contest to win an award.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Comcast, PPL Electric Utilities, Valve, Belco Community Credit Union, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, and SP Plus. 

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

CITY OF HARRISBURG HOLDS DEDICATION EVENT ANNOUNCING COMPLETION OF SINKHOLE MITIGATION PROJECT

HARRISBURG – The 14th Street Sinkhole Mitigation Project has reached completion, and the area has been transformed into a community green space.

What:       Press Conference and Dedication Ceremony To Announce

                  Sinkhole Mitigation Project Completion and Unveiling of

                  Community Green Space

Where:     Corner of South 14th St and Magnolia St, Harrisburg

When:      Thursday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Who:        Mayor Eric Papenfuse, Mr. Steve Ward from FEMA, Mr. Tom Hughes from PEMA, Mr. Richard Vilello from PA DCED, Senator John DiSanto, Commissioner Mike Pries, and officials and representatives from other project partners

Background:

In March 2014, a sinkhole developed in the 1400 block of South 14th Street, affecting 53 homes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved the project application for the City of Harrisburg’s sinkhole mitigation project and provided $1,650,000 in federal funds. This is FEMA’s first Sinkhole Mitigation Project, funded under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, in the United States.

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provided the local match of $550,000 from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds for Phase 1 of the project. The City was also granted $1 million from Dauphin County’s Community Development Block Grant disaster relief funds to rehabilitate the sinkhole site and turn the area into a green space. DCED provided an additional 3 million dollars from HUD for Phase 2 of the project.

With the support of the above entities, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City was able to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site.

The City of Harrisburg began building demolition on the South 14th Street Sinkhole Mitigation Project on April 2, 2019. The site was then excavated to a depth of 10 feet and backfilled. Demolition activities were 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. It has been zoned as green space without the possibility for future construction.

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

DEDICATION EVENT ANNOUNCING COMPLETION OF SINKHOLE MITIGATION PROJECT TO BE HELD THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14TH

What: Press Conference and Dedication Ceremony To Announce Sinkhole Mitigation Project Completion and Unveiling of Community Green Space

Where: Corner of South 14th St and Mulberry St, Harrisburg

When: Thursday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m.

Who: Mayor Papenfuse, Mr. Steve Ward from FEMA, Senator John DiSanto, and officials and representatives from other project partners.

 

HARRISBURG POLLING LOCATIONS FOR NOVEMBER 5TH GENERAL ELECTIONS

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is reminding residents that their polling locations may have changed for the upcoming November 5th General Elections. The full list of Harrisburg polling locations can be found online at http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/elections_and_voter_registration/polling_places/harrisburg_locations.php. 

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. City Government Center, 10 N. 2nd Street, is now a polling location for voters in the City’s 4th Ward. Previously, residents in this ward were voting at St Michael’s Lutheran Church at 118 State St.

MAYOR PAPENFUSE ISSUES PROCLAMATION TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK

HARRISBURG –  Mayor Papenfuse will be presenting a proclamation recognizing October 20-26, 2019 as National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in the City of Harrisburg.

What: Proclamation Presentation for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019

Where: MLK Government Center Atrium, 10 N. 2nd St

When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4:00 P.M.

Who: Mayor Papenfuse, Representatives from the UPMC Pinnacle Lead Poisoning Prevention and Education Program (LPPEP)

 

Harrisburg City Council is now accepting applications for the Unsung Hero Award