Bloomsburg is the county seat of Columbia County and also holds the distinction of being the only incorporated town in the state of Pennsylvania. The relaxed atmosphere, characteristic of central PA, is balanced by stimulating cultural and recreational activities. In 2002, Bloomsburg celebrated it’s bicentennial with events and activities throughout the year. Visit the Town of Bloomsburg’s website for information about Town Government, Police, ordinances and recycling.
Today, as with many communities, the downtown business district is a focal point. Downtown Bloomsburg has become a model to other communities involved in revitalization. A section of the town has been named a National Historical District, opening the way for the refurbishing of its fine residential architecture. The Chamber’s Downtown Division has also received awards from the PA Downtown Center for its efforts relating to community activities, cultural diversity, community pride, and economic restructuring. In early 2006, the Chamber created Downtown Bloomsburg Inc., a separate, non-profit organization to focus solely on economic revitalization in the Downtown, based upon a structured, four point approach. For information about these efforts or locating your business in Downtown Bloomsburg, contact Downtown Manager Adrienne Mael at 570-784-2522 or dbimanager@ColumbiaMontourChamber.com.
In addition to a strong business community, numerous clubs and organizations represent a full range of volunteer, social and human service involvement. The Boy and Girl Scouts, Rotary, and Kiwanis are just a few of the opportunities for citizens to become more involved in the community.
Another of Bloomsburg’s best known features is Town Park, which offers many acres of recreational activities including baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, a fitness trail, the Bicentennial Bandshell and a skate park. Also available are picnic pavilions, charcoal grills and a pond that is stocked with fish for an annual fishing derby. In the mid 1990’s, the community pulled together to raise funds to build an extensive children’s play area known as Kidsburg. The Town Pool adjoins the park.
Live theatre, art galleries, concerts in Town Park and annual festivals contribute to the town’s rich cultural diversity. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble features a variety of classical and modern plays. Several local art galleries offer hometown paintings to modern sculpture. The annual Town Park Festival, Covered Bridge Festival, and Renaissance Jamboree provide opportunities for residents to gather and celebrate their community.
The Bloomsburg Fair brings over 400,000 visitors to the area each year. Held at the end of September, this annual event includes a wealth of attractions, entertainment, rides, and plenty of food for everyone. Other events are held at the fairgrounds throughout the year.
The campus of Bloomsburg University adjoins the downtown and also contributes to the community in many ways. The University’s expanded public library facility contains over 400,000 volumes, plus periodicals and microform. The Haas Gallery of Art, with changing exhibits, displays works by faculty, students, local residents, and special guest artists. The Celebrity Artist series, with renowned artists, plays, and musicals, contributes to the cultural opportunities available. For more information about Bloomsburg University and local school districts, click on the Education link.