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York County receives $400K grant for Codorus Greenway project in York City

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
The 2019 Codorus Creek Parade in York City, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The York County Redevelopment Authority on Monday received a $400,000 state grant to help kick-start a project to beautify and increase public access to Codorus Creek in York City.

The grant, funded by the state's Rivers Conservation program, adds to the $9 million raised by the York County Economic Alliance and Powder Mill Foundation earmarked for the first phase of the roughly $70 million Codorus Greenway project, officials said.

The first of seven phases of the Codorus Greenway project entails moving back flood walls between an area just north of King Street and just north of Philadelphia Street.

“We’ve been talking about doing this for 100 years,” said Silas Chamberlin, YCEA's vice president of community and economic development. "We feel like that if we get phase one underway, it will get something on the ground and lead to those future phases.”

The state grant does not require a local match, officials said. 

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The Codorus Creek for decades has been a "no man's land" because it serves as a levy system to control flooding, Chamberlin said.

Moving back the flood wall would create more space in the channel and open up room for a new access point to the creek itself, he added.

The project's first phase is expected to go out for bid at the end of 2021, with construction beginning sometime in 2022.

Like each of the remaining six phases, it is expected to cost between $10 million and $15 million.

After all seven phases are complete, the 1.4-mile Codorus Greenway project will create several new public access point to the creek while restoring vegetation to its banks and linking it to other parts of the city with a multiuse trail network, officials said.

The project was previously known as the Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative.

In addition, the project is expected to improve water quality through sediment reduction and to bring kayak launches and fishing piers to the creek.

In total, the Codorus Greenway project extends from Grantley Road to North George Street. There is no anticipated completion date for all seven phases, Chamberlin said.

“The goal of the Rivers Conservation grants is to improve watershed health, and this project includes several practices — stream restoration and streamside forest buffers — that will do just that,” said Cindy Adams Dunn, director of the state's conservation and natural resources department.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.