The City Beautiful Movement arrived in Harrisburg in 1900. During the nineteenth century, sewage and trash were dumped directly into the Susquehanna River. Water was then pumped out of the Susquehanna into people’s homes. Typhoid was wide-spread throughout the City. Through the City Beautiful Movement, Harrisburg issued bonds to create a riverfront park. Today the riverfront park is part of the Capital Area Greenbelt.
The Capital Area Greenbelt Association wants you to get involved! Please visit their website to provide comments on if you use the riverfront walk, how often, and what improvements you’d like to see! They would also love for you to join them on one of their guided walks, each with a different theme – history of the area, gardening, and environmental conservation.
Below are pictures of the river from the late nineteenth century and today.
Please check out the YouTube video!