Rotary Club of York breaks ground on "Welcome to York" gateway


Motorists will soon be welcomed to York City with a landscape feature and a greeting sign on the corner of South George Street and Rathton Road.

The Rotary Club of York broke ground on a "Welcome to York" gateway in York City on Monday to commemorate its centennial anniversary.

Dr. Marsha Bornt, the club's president, drove the shovel into the dirt in the patch of land sitting across from WellSpan's York Hospital.

Bornt spoke to a group that included Mayor Kim Bracey, Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, York County Commissioner Doug Hoke and several of the club's 340 members, which make up the 25th-largest rotary club worldwide.

The plans: The project serves as the first major one in Bornt's presidency, which began in June, and is expected to be completed during the fall. A blueprint of the structure was on display Monday with plans for a natural stone wall, running waterfall and message reading "Welcome to York."

Bornt said the project is just one of a large number planned by the club "to celebrate 100 years of serving York County."

During her speech, she reminded attendees of how embedded the club has been in York's development, including a resurfacing project on South George Street, which she pointed to behind her, all the way back in 1919.

The club also plans a mural for the side of the Yorktowne Hotel — the club's meeting place — depicting the city's involvement in the community.

WellSpan and York Water Co. serve as partners on the project.

—Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.