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Web Extra: Lewisburg’s Evolution - Continued

Mar 12, 2015 11:59AM ● By Kevin

Lewisburg's designation as a River Town opens up economic development possibilities.

As part of its efforts to support River Towns, the Susquehanna Greenway coordinates planning and visioning activities for River Town stakeholders. For Lewisburg, these ideas, a mix of existing and new concepts, have been suggested: the continuation of the popular Polar Bear Plunge; Dinner by the River at First Presbyterian Church; a Spring Riverbank Clean-up; Celebrate the Susquehanna Block Party; Picnic in the Park;  art installations celebrating the river site; staging run river float festivals and fall river clean-ups.  River-oriented plans are held back by the lack of an adequate river access for non-motorized watercraft (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, inner tubes, etc.). The one access ramp on St. George Street lacks adequate parking. Five potential launch sites have been identified at Wolfe Field, St. Anthony Street, Soldiers’ Park, Mariah’s Garden and St. George Street.

Ultimately, the River Town Team – headed up by the Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation – invites anyone who is interested in improving the connection to the river in Lewisburg to join the team.  “Whether you are interested in events or activities, like picnics, the Polar Bear Plunge, clean ups or want to focus on policy to improve the conservation standards for maintenance in the public open space of the borough or on planning to craft a vision for the most functional, aesthetic and sustainable future we can imagine for our river interface,” concluded Samantha Pearson.

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