The Daily Item
MILLERSBURG — Millersburg Borough representatives accepted an award for the revitalization of Riverfront Park at a ceremony at the Civic Club of Harrisburg on Jan. 15.
The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission recently created the Dauphin County Premier Projects Award. Judges appointed by the planning commission considered 12 projects in four categories. Projects had to be completed in 2012 in order to be considered.
The Millersburg Project won for the infrastructure category, topping two other nominations. The project is officially known as the Riverfront Park Gateway to the Lykens Valley Rail Trail and consists of a trail spanning the length of the park, a restroom and concession stand as well as a number of new site amenities.
The Riverfront project began to take shape during 2007 and 2008 when Millersburg created a master parks plan. The trail and restroom/concession stand emerged as high priority projects recommended by the plan. Millersburg received grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnership Program, Dauphin County Local Municipal Share Grant Program, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), the Paul A. Troutman Foundation and the Tour de Millersburg for the trail and building.
Millersburg also received a TreeVitalize Grant to plant 20 new trees in the park. The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership worked with us to fund the information kiosk, and the Millersburg Bicentennial Legacy fund underwrote the logo paver art on the trail. A number of individuals and organizations donated money for the site amenities, which include benches, a swing, trash cans, bike racks, and a pet waste station. The total cost of the project was nearly $600,000.
H. Edward Black and Associates of Harrisburg coordinated the Master Parks Plan and engineered the site and construction plans for the Gateway project. Crabtree, Rohrbaugh and Associates of Mechanicsburg designed the building. Flyway Excavating of Lititz did the site work and East Coast Contracting of New Cumberland built the building.
The Gateway project is only the first stage of a number of planned upgrades. The borough has secured $207,000 in funding toward construction of a segment of the Lykens Valley Rail Trail near the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Upper Paxton Township. The borough is also exploring strategies to control erosion along the riverfront, and is planning improvements to both MYO Park and Seal Park.