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Columbia Riverfront Revitalization

State of Pennsylvania - 2010 - PA Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence

Summary

Columbia Downtown Development Corporation, Columbia Borough Planning Commission, Borough Council and staff have been working since October 2002 on the Columbia River Park Revitalization. A steering committee of Borough volunteers worked with elected officials and staff to spur economic recovery by connecting recreation assets with downtown commercial enterprises, determine park improvements and procure funding.

Description

Columbia Downtown Development Corporation, Columbia Borough Planning Commission, Borough Council and staff have been working since October 2002 on the Columbia River Park Revitalization. They began with a visioning exercise, which led to a public master planning process, then to construction currently underway. A steering committee of Borough volunteers worked with elected officials and staff to spur economic recovery by connecting recreation assets with downtown commercial enterprises, determine park improvements and procure funding. More than 20 state and local agencies and programs were involved in the project with the mission of promoting, preserving and enhancing the culture, heritage and related commerce and recreational activities in Columbia. DCNR thru its Community Conservation Partnership Program, the local school district, county and regional agencies, and State Representative offices have all played an active role in Columbia's revitalization. Indeed the Borough is blessed with many individuals willing to give of themselves for the betterment of the community.

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Tags: Civic/Public Participation, Economic and Community Development, Public Infrastructure, Sustainability/Green Issues/Environment and Natural Resources





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