A new name opens doors for Lewisburg NeighborhoodsJan 24, 2020 08:59AM ● By Erica Shames
The Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation is shortening its name and growing its vision. The name change to Lewisburg Neighborhoods reflects the non-profit organization’s moving beyond its original mandate of “promoting cooperative efforts” between the Borough and Bucknell University. These days it has quite a few programs and initiatives of its own – and it wants Lewisburg residents to know they can be a part of those efforts.
Recently, for example, Lewisburg Neighborhoods made the Susquehanna River more accessible to the community by providing public access kayaks and canoes at Lewisburg Landing. Working on behalf of the Borough, Lewisburg Neighborhoods staff applied for and secured $1,350,000 in state funding for the Bull Run Greenway project to restore the floodplain, mitigate flooding, extend the rail trail, and develop nature-play areas in Hufnagle Park. In addition to those projects, the group conducts regular cleanups in and along waterways around the Borough and in other public spaces several times each year, involving dozens of volunteers.
“We are always looking for people who want to get involved and make a difference,” says Samantha Pearson, Lewisburg Neighborhoods Executive Director.
Founded in 2006, Lewisburg Neighborhoods originally was tasked with neighborhood revitalization in the Bull Run Neighborhood on South 6th Street, an area that housed many Bucknell students. Today that mission has grown into a broader vision of environmental stewardship, community development, and inclusivity. Preserving natural landscapes as well as streetscapes, strengthening community ties, and advocating for residential issues are now all at the heart of the non-profit’s efforts.
To implement this vision, Lewisburg Neighborhoods is focusing on encouraging residents to become a part of the organization, through volunteering at events, attending board meetings, or in some other capacity. The name change is part of this wider effort to encourage the input and contributions of Lewisburg’s residents.
“We’ve been here for over a decade. Our organization has grown considerably since we started,” said Mayor Judy Wagner, a founding member of Lewisburg Neighborhoods. “It’s time our name and how we talk about ourselves reflects that.”
If you’d like to attend an upcoming activity, there will be a Walk It Bike It public program on Tuesday, February 4, at 7:00pm, at the Public Library for Union County. (The library is simply the host. The library is not sponsoring or endorsing this program or any goods or services offered.) Jack Miller of the Sierra Club will give a slide show on Rail Trails of Pennsylvania, including ratings for the various options. This is the second in a series of first Tuesday programs on general interest walking and biking topics this year.
For more information about the organization, look up www.LewisburgNeighborhoods.org.