Danville has successfully completed the process to be designated a River Town by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and a brief ceremony was held on Friday, Sept. 8 to unveil the official River Town signage at River Front Park in downtown Danville.
The Montour County Commissioners and representatives from Danville Borough, Columbia Montour Chamber, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Danville Business Alliance and the Montour Area Recreation Commission were all on hand to celebrate this achievement.
The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership is a nonprofit that seeks to:
- Determine the status of regional greenway efforts;
- Build upon public participation activities previously conducted in the corridor;
- Promote the importance of strong community involvement in present and future greenway development;
- Provide a diverse and inclusive program to maximize input from all segments of the population; and
- Promote local ownership of the greenway plan and its implementation!
The SGP’s River Town program provides assistance to communities that are located on the Susquehanna Greenway “that seek to revitalize and celebrate their River connection, based on four key principles:
- Respect and work with the nature of the Susquehanna River
- Connect with the River (physically, visually, spiritually)
- Involve people with the River and with their River Town
- Recognize that economic development favors River Towns
Communities that would like to become an official SGP-designed River Town need to go through a process including a River Town assessment, define a community vision and goals, develop an action plan for revitalization projects, identify partners for implementation and collectively promote all River Towns. Through the help of many local community leaders and partners, Danville recently joined its nearby neighbors Lewisburg and Selinsgrove, among many others, as a SGP-designed River Towns. Berwick is also currently in the process of becoming a River Town.