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Memorial Day Ceremony Slated for May 27 at Noon

Borough of Carlisle to Accept Army War College Class of 2019 Gift During Annual Haines-Stackfield Event at Hope Station

On Monday, May 27, 2019, the Haines-Stackfield American Legion Post 826 will hold their annual Memorial Day Observance Ceremony at Lincoln Cemetery located at Memorial Park, 149 West Penn Street, Carlisle.

As part of this year’s ceremony, the Borough of Carlisle will accept a gift from the United States Army War College Class of 2019. The Borough formed a working group comprised of Jordan descendants (the family of the remaining stone in the cemetery); the USAWC Class of 2019; Hope Station; and, Borough staff and elected officials to determine what form the gift would take. The group decided on an archway leading into Lincoln Cemetery. The archway is the beginning of potential improvements to this area to include paying homage to the site’s historical significance as a burial ground for African Americans in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including Civil War veterans and community leaders. More significantly, to rededicate the cemetery as a sacred place of reflection and create an opportunity for truth, racial healing, and transformation.

The Borough of Carlisle encourages residents and interested parties to attend this ceremony.  A reception will be held at Haines-Stackfield immediately following the service.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, the service will take place inside the Haines-Stackfield American Legion, 148 West Penn Street, Carlisle.

Spring Hydrant Flushing

From Sunday, May 19, 2019 through Saturday, May 25, 2019 (weather permitting), the Carlisle Public Works Department will conduct fire hydrant testing and flushing.  This work involves the routine testing, maintenance and inspection of Carlisle’s fire hydrant system, which helps maintain water quality and system reliability.

Hydrants will be flushed between the hours of 7 PM and 5 AM to keep disruption of the water system and traffic concerns to a minimum. The semiannual flushing is necessary to maintain high water quality in the distribution system and to test fire hydrants for proper function.

During this time, water customers may experience a slight discoloration of their tap water, which should subside.  Should you experience discolored water, you can flush your service lateral by allowing your service to flow for a short duration of 5 to 10 minutes.  Although we hope to keep these occurrences to a minimum, they are unavoidable.

Thornwald Park Gatehouse For Rent

637 South College Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

Located in Thornwald Park in Carlisle, the Gatehouse is maintained and operated by the Borough of Carlisle. Built in 1912, the Gatehouse has plenty of character and is located within a 32 acre park. The house is within walking distance of schools, shopping, restaurants and downtown Carlisle.


Date Available: July 15, 2019
Bed/Bath: 3 bedrooms /2 full baths
Living Area: 2,160 sq. ft.
Parking: driveway, garage
Rent: $1,300 + utilities
Lease Term: 1 year
Security Deposit: $1,300

Contact: Andrea Crouse, Director of Parks and Recreation, 717-240-6951 or

The Borough wishes to share the following link of a documentary that was created by a Dickinson College student as part of a research and documentary class.  This documentary, along with others, was first screened to the public in December 2018 and is now available via YouTube.

The video is just one example of the work that has been, or is currently being, undertaken by those featured in the video, as well as others, to tell the untold/forgotten story of Lincoln Cemetery’s history and evolution to what is now known as Memorial Park.

A working group comprised of Jordan descendants (featured in the film); the U.S. Army War College; Hope Station; and, Borough elected officials and staff was formed in fall 2018 to partner and advance the research work of the Cumberland County Historical Society. Moreover, to explore potential improvements – one being, paying homage to the past through the rededication of this site as a sacred place of reflection and creating an opportunity for truth, racial healing and transformation.

Anyone having an interest in joining the working group, or participating in an upcoming community outreach meeting, is encouraged to contact the Borough Manager’s Office or Parks and Recreation at 717-249-4422 or 717-243-3318 respectively.

Look for future announcements and events planned for May 2019 and beyond.

Blasting Activities Along Carlisle Springs Road

Contractors are tentatively scheduled to begin blasting activities on Wednesday, March 13 at the former IAC/Masland site.

Blasting will occur on the west side of Carlisle Springs Road from D Street south to the railroad tracks and on the east side from C Street south to Hamilton Street. This blasting will require a temporary closure of Carlisle Springs Road before, during, and after each blast, lasting approximately 15 minutes. Flaggers will be on the road between E Street and North Hanover Street. The blasting will be performed after 9:00 AM and before 3:00 PM on weekdays. It’s best to avoid the road during that time frame if possible until the blasting work is completed. Residents in the area will be notified by the contractor.

This blasting along Carlisle Springs Road is the first step on the installation of new stormwater piping along the road. The work is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 13 and run through the first week of April. We will keep you updated on any changes to the schedule.

Pump Track Presentation

The Cumberland Youth Cycling Development (CYCD) will be at the March 7 Carlisle Parks and Recreation Board meeting to discuss possible pump track at Valley Meadows park. A pump track is a self-contained bicycle circuit.

The CYCD will give a formal presentation on the pump track to the board at the meeting. The meeting will be held in Multi-Purpose Room 3 at the Stuart Community Center, 415 Franklin Street on Thursday, Match 7 at 7:00 PM. Please consider attending this meeting. Your comments and feedback on the project are valuable to us.

Exploring Pennsylvania Boroughs

On Thursday, February 7, Carlisle Borough was featured on a episode of Exploring Pennsylvania Boroughs. The show is a partnership between PCN and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB). Each month, PCN travels to a new Borough to highlight the industry and culture these communities contribute to the commonwealth.

Carlisle’s episode focused on the history, culture, and commerce of the Borough. You can view the episode in it’s entirety below:

Exploring Pennsylvania Boroughs – Carlisle Borough from Triscari on Vimeo.

First Night Carlisle Road Closures

First Night Carlisle, a New Year’s Eve celebration, will cause some parking restrictions and road closures on Monday, December 31.

Beginning at 3:00 PM, no parking will be permitted on High Street from Hanover Street to College Street. There will also be no parking on the first blocks of North and South Pitt Street and North and South West Street.

Those roads will then be closed to traffic beginning at 4:00 PM. All alleys in the area will be closed as well. Everything should reopen by 2:00 AM on January 1.

First Night Carlisle is not a Borough-sponsored event. For questions about the actual event, please visit First Night Carlisle’s website.