Swatara Township

Swatara Township In 1799, just twenty-three years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a court order divided Lower Paxton Township into two equal parts.

Swatara was the name chosen for the southern part of the area. The word is thought to be from an Iroquois Indian word meaning "Where we fed on eels." Swatara Township is comprised of 14.6 square miles, equivalent to 9,344 acres. An atlas of 1875 shows Churchville, New Benton, and Highland Village as population centers. Today we know them as Oberlin, Bressler, and Enhaut, respectively. Wheat and co

Swatara was the name chosen for the southern part of the area. The word is thought to be from an Iroquois Indian word meaning "Where we fed on eels." Swatara Township is comprised of 14.6 square miles, equivalent to 9,344 acres. An atlas of 1875 shows Churchville, New Benton, and Highland Village as population centers. Today we know them as Oberlin, Bressler, and Enhaut, respectively. Wheat and co

Operating as usual

10/13/2021

MEETING NOTICE
The Swatara Township Board of Commissioners, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, will hold public meetings to discuss 2022 budget matters and any other business that may come before the Board on the following dates: October 19 (Special Funds), November 8 (Fire Services, Police and Building Codes), and November 9 (Highway, Parks and Recreation, Building and Grounds and Administration). Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at the Swatara Township Municipal Building, 599 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA. The Municipal Building is accessible to persons with disabilities.

10/12/2021

Registration for the 2021-22 Central Dauphin East Elementary Wrestling Season

Date: October 25, 26, 27
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Place: CD East High School gym lobby 626 Rutherford Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109
Season Start: First practice is Monday, November 8, 2021

Coaching staff will be available to tell you about the program, answer any questions you may have, and accept the registration form and fee. No prior wrestling experience is required.

Wrestling is a co-ed sport, and we encourage girls who are interested to join our team. In addition, our league will also be hosting weekly girls-only practices. Women’s wrestling is an Olympic sport, and nationwide participation is exploding. It’s never too early to start!

MISSION: CD East Elementary Wrestling strives to give young athletes the opportunity to develop physically by learning about fitness, skill, and technique; and mentally by gaining self-esteem, commitment, and respect.

GOALS:
• Introduce new wrestlers to the fundamentals of wrestling.
• Provide current wrestlers the best knowledge, skill, and technique.
• Develop a love for wrestling, competition, and teamwork.
• Instill sportsmanship, confidence, hard work, and discipline.
• Encourage leadership both on and off the mat.
• Develop the skill, attitude, and enthusiasm to advance to the Junior High and eventually High school level of competition.
• Our ultimate goal is to teach kids that real success—in wrestling and in life—is not about winning and losing, but it is about getting back up after you get knocked down. NO QUIT!

FEE: $85 per wrestler. This includes:
• CD East Wrestling t-shirt
• CD East Wrestling shorts
• End of the year banquet ticket for each wrestler
• Entry fee to four tournaments:

Checks made payable to CD East Wrestling Association. Registration fees are non-refundable. Cash, check, and credit/debit cards accepted.

PRACTICE: Practices will be held in the CD East Middle School wrestling room approximately 2 – 3 nights a week from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Practice gear should consist of shorts, t-shirt, and wrestling shoes. Headgear is optional. Singlets will be provided for matches and tournaments.

For questions, contact Coach Jeremy Plague at 717-585-5982 or at [email protected].

We are pleased to announce that the sand volleyball court is reopened at Taylor Park.  Sorry this took awhile, but order...
10/08/2021

We are pleased to announce that the sand volleyball court is reopened at Taylor Park. Sorry this took awhile, but ordering materials for certain projects has experienced very long delivery times.

We are pleased to announce that the sand volleyball court is reopened at Taylor Park. Sorry this took awhile, but ordering materials for certain projects has experienced very long delivery times.

Reminder!!!Back to School Clean-up, THIS SATURDAY!Swatara Township will hold the 8th Annual,  Back to School Clean-up on...
10/01/2021

Reminder!!!
Back to School Clean-up, THIS SATURDAY!
Swatara Township will hold the 8th Annual, Back to School Clean-up on Saturday, October 2nd, starting at 9:00am.
The meeting location will be at the Bishop Basketball Courts on Hanshue Street, next to the Swatara Middle School.
Swatara Township will provide trashbags, safety vests, tools and gloves.

Everyone Welcome!

The Clean-up will move to additional locations after 9:45am.
For more information contact Swatara Township at 717-564-2551.
#swatarastrong

Reminder!!!
Back to School Clean-up, THIS SATURDAY!
Swatara Township will hold the 8th Annual, Back to School Clean-up on Saturday, October 2nd, starting at 9:00am.
The meeting location will be at the Bishop Basketball Courts on Hanshue Street, next to the Swatara Middle School.
Swatara Township will provide trashbags, safety vests, tools and gloves.

Everyone Welcome!

The Clean-up will move to additional locations after 9:45am.
For more information contact Swatara Township at 717-564-2551.
#swatarastrong

10/01/2021

PennWaste has advised us that due to an unexpected staffing issue, recycling pick-ups may be delayed. Please feel free to leave your materials out for pick-up and those that are not collected today will be collected tomorrow.

Back to School Clean-up Swatara Township will hold the 8th Annual,  Back to School Clean-up on Saturday,  October 2nd, s...
09/28/2021

Back to School Clean-up

Swatara Township will hold the 8th Annual, Back to School Clean-up on Saturday, October 2nd, starting at 9:00am.

The meeting location will be at the Bishop Basketball Courts on Hanshue Street, next to the Swatara Middle School.

Swatara Township will provide trashbags, safety vests, tools and gloves.

The Clean-up will move to additional locations after 9:45am.

For more information contact Swatara Township at 717-564-2551.
#swatarastrong

Back to School Clean-up

Swatara Township will hold the 8th Annual, Back to School Clean-up on Saturday, October 2nd, starting at 9:00am.

The meeting location will be at the Bishop Basketball Courts on Hanshue Street, next to the Swatara Middle School.

Swatara Township will provide trashbags, safety vests, tools and gloves.

The Clean-up will move to additional locations after 9:45am.

For more information contact Swatara Township at 717-564-2551.
#swatarastrong

09/27/2021

Schiavoni and McNaughton Parks are reopened!

09/24/2021

McNaughton and Schiavoni parks remain closed at this time due to flooding over the walking paths.

09/23/2021

We are repairing the sinkhole on Grayson Road just east of the entrance to Walmart. We are in the process of excavating, backfill with stone and tamp. We will blacktop when we get some time. We investigated the pipe. There is a small section that had the top crimped and appears that is where the issue is. Repair materials are unavailable right now. When we are able to get the necessary materials, the permanent repair will be made.

The road will be open this afternoon.

09/23/2021

As a precaution, we are closing McNaughton and Schiavoni parks as the water rises along the Swatara Creek. We will assess the creek in the morning and will reopen as soon as we confirm the water level is normal.

09/23/2021

Crews are currently securing a sinkhole on Grayson Rd eastbound, near the red light.

09/23/2021

Grayson Rd is currently closed at Feeser's due to flooding.

09/21/2021

Miller Pipeline doing work for UGI will have Hager Avenue closed between Highland and Larch today

09/16/2021

• FALL BRUSH COLLECTION WEEK-Fall Brush collection week will be September 20th-24th ((NEXT WEEK!)

Monday, September 20-Chambers Hill
Tuesday, September 21-Rutherford
Wednesday, September 22-Lawnton/Lenker Manor
Thursday, September 23-Oberlin Gardens/29th Street area
Friday, September 24-Oberlin, Bressler and Enhaut

09/16/2021

Swatara Township (Harrisburg, PA) is hosting a “Trunk-or-Treat” event on Thursday, October 28th, 2021 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the former Rainbow Hills Swim Club (4075 Swatara Drive). This will be a drive-thru event open to anyone who would like to participate! Come on by for some free candy and fun. The event will take place rain or shine. Swatara Township Police and Swatara Fire & Rescue will be in attendance to meet and greet families as they drive through.

Swatara Township’s annual “Trick-or-Treat” night will take place on Sunday, October 31st, 2021 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. rain or shine. We would like to remind everyone to be safe while Trick-or-Treating and follow the below tips:

Avoid Trick-or-Treating alone; instead go with a group or with a trusted adult.

Plan your route in advance.

Use reflective tape, glow sticks or a flashlight to help yourself be visible and to see where you are walking.

Make sure your costume is well-fitted (including your shoes) and avoid masks that do not allow you to see properly.

Visit well-lit houses.

Use sidewalks and crosswalks and check for traffic before crossing the road or driveways.

Always let an adult check candy prior to eating anything.

09/16/2021

On September 15th 2021 at 0821 hours, a Swatara Township Police Officer was dispatched to the Capitol Diner located at 800 Eisenhower Boulevard. The caller was an elderly gentleman who was having difficulty with his credit card when paying his bill. Officer Glass spoke with the gentleman and determined that he had done nothing wrong, his credit card was simply not functioning the way it should. Ofc. Glass took it upon himself to pay the gentleman’s bill out of his own pocket. One of the Core Values of the Swatara Township Police Department is “Caring,” which was demonstrated by Ofc. Glass’ actions this morning. Thank you Ofc. Glass!

The Swatara Township Police Department would like to thank the Capitol Diner for their assistance in helping us to work through this situation.

*Photo credit: Mr. Jason Bias

NEWS POST: K-9 Unit Chicken BBQ Fundraiser this Saturday!
09/09/2021
NEWS POST: K-9 Unit Chicken BBQ Fundraiser this Saturday!

NEWS POST: K-9 Unit Chicken BBQ Fundraiser this Saturday!

Just a reminder that the Swatara Township Police Department will be hosting our 3rd annual Chicken BBQ to support our Police K-9 unit on September 11, 2021. Meals include a 1/2 chicken, baked potato, applesauce and a roll.

09/08/2021

• FALL BRUSH COLLECTION WEEK-Fall Brush collection week will be September 20th-24th

Monday, September 20-Chambers Hill
Tuesday, September 21-Rutherford
Wednesday, September 22-Lawnton/Lenker Manor
Thursday, September 23-Oberlin Gardens/29th Street area
Friday, September 24-Oberlin, Bressler and Enhaut

09/08/2021

McNaughton and Schiavoni park have reopened. Please exercise caution as clean-up and repairs will be on-going.

09/03/2021

The Compost Facility will be closed on 9/6 for Labor Day

09/02/2021

Thank you to all the staff and first responders who have been hard at work during the course of the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Fire, Police, Public Works, Storm Water Staff and Emergency Management have been working diligently to plan, prepare, respond , rescue and evaluate the damage of this storm for the past 48 hours.

Public works and the storm water team did an outstanding job 24 – 48 hours prior to the storm prepping storm drains and pre staging barricades to our known flooding locations in the township. They were out for the duration of the storm adding barricades and assisting with traffic as needed.

Police, Fire, EMS and Emergency Management did an amazing job planning, documenting and managing resources throughout the storm.

We had minimal emergency incidents and this is accredited to the TEAM effort in preparation for the storm.

A HUGE thank you to our residents for their cooperation in adhering to warnings.

We expect that McNaughton and Schiavoni parks will be closed at least until sometime next week.  This is the path into M...
09/02/2021

We expect that McNaughton and Schiavoni parks will be closed at least until sometime next week. This is the path into McNaughton Park. The water level at Swatara Creek has not yet crested.

We expect that McNaughton and Schiavoni parks will be closed at least until sometime next week. This is the path into McNaughton Park. The water level at Swatara Creek has not yet crested.

09/01/2021

⚠️**All roads in Swatara Township are open**⚠️

09/01/2021

Due to the storm tonight's public meeting is cancelled. Township offices are also closed.

Taylor Park is closed due to flooding. Be careful out there.

08/31/2021

Due to the anticipated arrival of the rainfall from Tropical Storm Ida, we have removed the exits stairs from the creek in McNaughton Park and you may notice that we are temporarily removing trash cans and other items that might be hazardous in the storm.

Also, we will be closing both McNaughton and Schiavoni Parks this afternoon. We will evaluate the parks for reopening as conditions permit. Please be cautious as conditions may be hazardous.

Other parks may be closed as conditions warrant. We regret any inconvenience, be safe.

08/28/2021

Access to the Swatara Creek at Schiavoni and McNaughton Parks is restricted due to the rapid rise of the Swatara Creek. The current water levels and floating debris are being monitored and we will restore access as conditions permit.

08/25/2021

Swatara Township Opening Cooling Station
Due to the High Temperatures forecast for Thursday, August 26th and Friday, August 27th the Swatara Township Emergency Management Agency will open a Cooling Station.at the Swatara Township Municipal Building.
The Cooling Station hours will be from Noon until 430pm on the two days listed. This will give folks a place to seek relief from the oppressive heat in a safe, indoor environment.
The Swatara Room is located at 599 Eisenhower Boulevard, it is accessible from the main entrance. The Cooling Station is Open to the Public FREE of Charge.
Cold water and light snacks will be available.
The Cooling Station Hours will be Noon until 430pm. The Cooling Station will be monitored by the Swatara Township Police Department/EMA/Fire-Rescue/ Life Team EMS. Restrooms are available and there is elevator service to and from the lower level.
Swatara Township EMA Coordinator Craig Powers is coordinating this program along with the Swatara Township Public Safety Director Darrell Reider , Swatara Township Fire Chief Mike Ibberson, and Life Team Deputy Chief Joel Hocking.

We hope you all enjoyed Saturday's 2nd Annual Swatty Float.  Due to the recent weather we'll be delayed in removing the ...
08/24/2021

We hope you all enjoyed Saturday's 2nd Annual Swatty Float. Due to the recent weather we'll be delayed in removing the temporary exit steps from the creek into McNaughton Park until after Labor Day. Feel free to safely enjoy the exit and enjoy the photos.

08/23/2021

The Swatara Sewer Authority is replacing 8 manholes on Highland. Weather dependent should be done next Monday.

08/18/2021

Township offices will be closed, Thursday August 19th due to a mechanical issue. Feel free to email and staff will respond as soon as conditions permit. We expect to reopen on Friday.

08/12/2021

**EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING**
Due to the high temperature forecast for Thursday, August 12 and Friday, August 13 the Swatara Township Emergency Management Agency will open a COOLING STATION at the Swatara Township Municipal Building.

The Cooling Station hours will be from noon until 4:30 p.m. on each of the days listed above. This will give folks a place to get relief from the oppressive heat in a safe indoor environment. The Cooling Station will be located in the "Swatara Room" which is accessible from the main entrance at 599 Eisenhower Boulevard, Harrisburg PA 17111. This is open to the public FREE of charge.

Cold water and light snacks will be served. Restrooms will be available, and there is elevator service to and from the Swatara Room. The Swatara Township EMA, Police Department, and Fire-Rescue will personally monitor the Cooling Station.

Swatara Township EMA Director Craig Powers is coordinating this public service in partnership with Swatara Township Public Safety Director Darrell Reider and Swatara Fire Chief Mike Ibberson.

08/09/2021
A great night at National Night Out!
08/04/2021

A great night at National Night Out!

Keep your schedule open for August 3, National Night Out!
07/26/2021
NEWS POST: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2021

Keep your schedule open for August 3, National Night Out!

The Swatara Township Police Department is pleased to announce the return of National Night Out in 2021! This year's National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday August 3rd, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Vanatta Park (behind 7-11 on Derry Street)...

07/26/2021

On Wednesday through Friday this week (July 28-30) portions of Vanatta Park may be unavailable due to preparation work for next Week's "National Night Out."

Address

599 Eisenhower Boulevard
Harrisburg, PA
17111

General information

Board of Commissioners: Thomas Connolly Richard Bouder Jeff Varner Christine Zubeck Shaela Ellis Manager: Jim Fosselman

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm

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(717) 564-2551

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Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center/HCPAC is hosting a Trunk or Treat community event on Sunday, October 24, 2021 from 3 PM to 5 PM on our campus, located at 1000 South Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown. Our Trunk or Treat event is FREE to the community and will include games, activities, trick or treating, music and a vehicle decoration contest. The Trunk or Treat will be held RAIN OR SHINE as the event will be moved inside in the event of rain.
Officers remain at the scene at the East Park Gardens Residential apartments.
CALLING ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 5th - 12th!! We are excited to announce the following upcoming auditions at Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center (HCPAC). Performers do not need to prepare anything to audition and, as always, EVERY STUDENT that auditions at HCPAC will be cast in the production they audition for. Please complete and print the participation form here: https://thehcpac.org/.../HCPAC-Participation-Form... and bring it along to the audition. Online registration must be completed prior to the first rehearsal: https://thehcpac.org/online-registration/. Needs based scholarships are available. Get ready to seize the day!! Questions? Email [email protected].
Tree over the trail at McNaughton Park
I am a very concerned citizen of Swatara township and speak for (some) of my neighbors and businesses in my area. This is a picture of a big sink hole in my front yard caused by major flooding coming from the railroad area behind my home and washing away the soil. The block behind my home has no sewers at all so all the water runs down hill through my yard and my neighbors yards every time there is heavy rain. I have sent flood pictures to the township of all the problems and so far have been ignored. There needs to be something done to correct this problem. We have to pay a run off water tax every year but the run off water that is coming from somewhere else is damaging our properties. Furthermore, Derry Street is a high traffic area and traffic needs to be diverted to avoid the flooding everytime there is heavy rain. Thank you for listening. 😢
Lawnton Elementary PTO is holding a food truck festival. Please consider joining us! https://fb.me/e/8cL3mTi5m
WHY Virtually? WHY NOT BOTH? WHERE are the instructions to join this Special Meeting? CANNOT find any location or instructions and your link doesn't go anywhere! Special Meeting Notice of the Board of Commissioners POSTED ON: FEBRUARY 19, 2021 - 2:15PM SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE The Board of Commissioners of Swatara Township will hold a special meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually, with instructions to join the meeting on the township’s website, www.swataratwp.com. The purpose of the meeting is to review the decision of President Judge John F. Cherry regarding Mushroom Hill LLC, and any other business that may come before the Board.
I was able to take my walk today at the Gerald Vanatta Memorial Park and was thankful to see that the walking path was free of ice and snow. Appreciated so much! Thank you.
Registration for Swatara Paxtang Girls Softball Spring 2021 season is now OPEN. Please pass this on to any girls you know in Swatara Township and Paxtang! Register here - https://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=swatarapaxtang. Scroll down and the link is on the right side. We have t-ball through 14U and we take beginners at ALL age levels.