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June 29, 2022
Contact: Melissa Mesones-Ortiz, Deputy Communications Director
[email protected], (717) 255-6584

HARRISBURG – One of Harrisburg’s most beautiful settings is about to become more environmentally friendly.

On Tuesday, June 28, representatives from The Giant Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful awarded The City of Harrisburg’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Facilities (DPRF) a $5,000 grant. This money will go towards installing a rain garden and wetland area at the Italian Lake park in Uptown Harrisburg. The rain garden will help restore the area to its natural environment and alleviate ongoing maintenance issues.

“The rain garden will improve the natural beauty of the Italian Lake park, air quality in the area and the habitat for the area’s population of birds, bees, and other pollinators,” said David Baker, City of Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Director. “I can’t wait to start with the project and bring our community together.”

The City of Harrisburg was one of five Dauphin County recipients of The Giant Company and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Healing the Planet grant program. The grants were announced at the Camp Curtin Branch YMCA Garden, which was also awarded a $10,000 grant. Other recipients at the award event included Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Londonderry Township, and The Salvation Army. Each received a grant for their water quality-relate