Mayor Gray to Re-Route Conestoga River Through Downtown

The Lancaster River Walk will rival River Walk in San Antonio

Lancaster – Outgoing Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray has done much to improve the quality of life in the City since his election in 2006. We have an arts, culinary, tourism, and night-life scene envied by the likes of York, Reading, and Harrisburg — even Brooklyn. While he’s stepping down as Mayor after his term ends, he announced today his legacy, and boldest plan to date: Re-routing the Conestoga River through the downtown tourist area.

Frankly, the City of Lancaster is missing out on the commercial, recreational, and transportation opportunities this river can provide. Imagine walking outside your home and catching native shad, wading in the water on a hot summer day, or enjoying a drink at one of the 98 new waterfront restaurants that will pop-up in the city.

The new path would follow the existing route of New Holland avenue to East Walnut St. and will continue to follow Walnut east to Prince St. where it will turn south, following Prince St. past Mayor Gray’s home on Gallery Row, eventually reconnecting with the existing confluence at Engleside near The Dirty ol’ Tavern.

City nautical expert Christopher Cross¬†also suggested that the portion south of King St. would make a convenient dumping point for “shooting and stabbing victims”.¬†No cost has been set for the project, but it is expected to be paid for by record profits from the Lancaster County Convention Center’s expansion.

This graphic shows the existing course of the Conestoga River, and the proposed new course in green.
This graphic shows the existing course of the Conestoga River, and the proposed new course in green.