It was a ribbon cutting of sorts.
photo by Jonathan Smith

photo by Jonathan Smith

On Thursday, the Capital Area Greenbelt Association (CAGA) unveiled one of the new signs that will be placed along the Greenbelt, the 20-mile loop and parkway that passes through five municipalities in the Harrisburg area. The installation of these signs is part of a comprehensive plan to increase safety on the “Emerald Necklace.”

The new signage is phase one of a five-year strategic that also addresses road crossings where the Greenbelt intersects precariously with such busy streets as Front and Cameron Streets in the city.

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photo credit: Dauphin County

The current signs on the Greenbelt are 20 years old. Over the next weeks, 140 old signs with be replaced to establish a more visible and consistent system of about 180 signs.

“This is what we’ve been working on for awhile now,” President Kyle Shenk said of the premiere sign. “And we’re excited it’s finally happening.”

CAGA raised $47,500 in private funds from the ArcelorMittal Steel Company, Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Rails to Trails Conservancy, McCormick Family Foundation, McClure Company and Quality Bicycle Products for placement of the new signs.

 

Further reading: 

• Kyle Shenk: A Sign of Good Things to Come
• Kyle Shenk–The Start of the Greenbelt
• Kyle Shenk–What’s In Store For the Greenbelt This Year
• The Plan for Capital Area Greenbelt Safety Improvements
• Volunteers Needed for Maintenance of Native Plants on the Greenbelt
• Scott Shepler: The Paxtang Parkway’s Problems

Tara Leo Auchey

Tara Leo Auchey

Creator & editor of today's the day Harrisburg, started in 2009. Resident, engaged citizen, community activist, teacher, strategist, writer.
Tara Leo Auchey