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Art, Education, and Environmental Stewardship

Artistic Innovation: The Lancaster Gateway Bundle Combines Art, Education, and Environmental Stewardship

It’s amazing what a simple paper placemat and some crayons can do for you.

In the case of the new Lancaster Brewing Company’s kids’ activity sheets—it gave my kids an opportunity to draw while learning about keeping our city clean; inspired a discussion on the role of functional art with my husband; and instilled a good dollop of civic pride — all while relaxing over a cold beer. Who knew?!

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Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA

The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA

This case study estimates the value of several of the co-benefits of Lancaster’s Green Infrastructure Plan. The case study highlights the importance of including the multiple benefits of green infrastructure in cost-benefit assessments, as well as the importance of adding green infrastructure into planned improvement projects.


Events, News

City Passes Stormwater Fee

Lancaster city property owners will begin paying a stormwater management fee this spring to cover costs of dealing with the city’s overflow pollution problem.  Owners of a smaller city row house will be assessed a fee of $4 per quarter, while owners of a larger home face a fee of $12 per quarter.  To view the entire article at LancasterOnline click here.

To view more about the costs of dealing with stormwater click here.

For all details associated with the implementation of the fee please visit the City’s website.

Bioretention / tree trench under construction at the Plum Street Parking lot.  Fact sheets on this and other technologies can be found here.5.21.12 014


New Cistern Installed

A new cistern was installed in early November 2013, outside the Lancaster Brewing Company along E Walnut Street.  It becomes part of a green infrastructure site that also includes permeable paving and bio-retention / rain garden’s.

Known as ‘Lancaster’s Gateway Bundle’ the cistern, not only collects and holds 750 gallons from the Brewery roof, but is also a public art project meant to engage and educate patrons and people passing by.


(The image on the left was taken during installation; The image on the right is after installation with the permeable brick pavers on the left and rain gardens on the right)


Franklin Terrace Riparian Buffer Planting

LIVE Green a program of the Lancaster County Conservancy has been working with the City Arborist to identify tree planting oppoprtunities such as this one along the Conestoga Greenway and River.  The purpose of the planting was two fold: 1) Increase the canopy in the neighborhood from 32% to close to 50%, creating a model for other neighborhoods.  2) Educate local residents and students about the many benefits of trees.  Read more here




Coming to a Neighborhood near you

Green Infrastructure is becoming, almost, common place in neighborhoods throughout Lancaster City, with dozens of projects slated to begin in the coming months.  Two projects of particular significance this fall include the construction taking place along private Alley 117 in NW Lancaster City and construction that has just begun at Two Dudes Painting Company located in the Cabbage Hill Neighborhood of the SW.  (Click the links above to learn more).

These earth moving machines will soon give way to permeable paving and other Green Infrastructure technologies that will capture close to 500,000 gallons annually between these two projects.


Help Fund Public Art at Rodney Park

“Dancing Arches”, a Public Art sculpture, invites guests– with a burst of color and form– to enter the newly renovated Rodney Park.

“Dancing Arches”, a colorful and vibrant sculpture, was selected by Lancaster’s Public Art Advisory Board (PAAB) to be installed in the newly renovated Rodney Park. The artist, Randy Walker, uses the concept of arches as an invitation to enter and move through space to discover something new. He notes that arch forms are woven throughout Lancaster’s history, geography, and urban fabric– from the grand brick facade marking the entry at the downtown Central Market to the narrow passageways between row houses on Coral Street.


Community Meetings – March and April

We’re Polluting our Water.

When it rains, water flows from rooftops, streets, sidewalks and parking lots into our sewer system.  Along the way, it picks up all kinds of pollutants.  Most of the time, the City can clean this polluted water at its treatment plant.  But during heavy storms, the amount of water is too much for the plant to handle, allowing about 750 million gallons of polluted water to flow into the Conestoga River each year.

What’s the Cheapest Way to Solve the Problem ?

Come to a meeting with Mayor Gray and city officials in your neighborhood.

March 28 – Hand Middle School
April 2 – Lancaster Rec Center – Senior Center off parking lot at Brandon Park
April 10 – Reynolds Middle School
April 16 – McCaskey East High School
May 2 – Community United Methodist Church – Tennyson Drive

All meetings start at 7pm