Representatives from Harrisburg City, Susquehanna and Swatara Townships, Penbrook and Paxtang Boroughs, Dauphin County, Capital Region Water, Tri-County Planning Commission and respective police departments met in October to develop 2022 priorities for the Greenbelt.
Four subcommittees were formed. These committees will be advancing future capital projects and connections, addressing safety concerns, developing maintenance agreements, and strengthening our public/private partnerships.
CAGA is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that was formed over 30 years ago to improve, maintain and protect the Greenbelt.
In August, CAGA representatives invited municipal and county partners to talk about the future of the Greenbelt. CAGA with these municipal/county partners, have successfully completed over $7 million in capital projects that improved intersections and connected Wildwood and Fort Hunter Parks.
The Greenbelt trail and surrounding landscape are owned by Harrisburg City, Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County, and Paxtang Borough. There are still a few sections that are privately owned but owners have allowed walkers and bikers to use the trail for decades.
(See ownership map below.)
CAGA does not own any of the Greenbelt’s 24 miles, but does own a maintenance shed and maintenance equipment. About one-third of the Greenbelt is maintained by CAGA volunteers. These volunteers spend about 6,000 hours annually caring for the Greenbelt and its popular gardens. 2021 was a rebuilding year for CAGA’s maintenance crew with the loss of several dedicated volunteers. In 2022, CAGA intends to grow its volunteer crew, improve our directional signage, hopefully eliminate ATVs illegally using the Greenbelt, and improve safety.
CAGA thanks representatives from Harrisburg City, Susquehanna and Swatara Townships, Penbrook and Paxtang Boroughs, Dauphin County, Capital Region Water, and Tri-County Planning Commission for their steadfast support and interest in caring for and improving the Greenbelt not just for today’s users but for generations to come.