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Extended Hours

Borough Hall will be open from 7:30 AM until 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 9 for residents wishing to purchase new orange Borough bags and/or exchange unused green bags. Orange Borough bags are $5.85/bag. Unused green bags can be exchanged for the orange bags by paying the $2.10 price difference. Extended hours will also be held on January 14 & 22 at the Stuart Community Center (415 Franklin Street) and January 27 at Borough Hall.

Beginning January 13, only orange Borough bags will be accepted for trash collection. Bags can currently be purchased at Borough Hall or the Stuart Community Center. Bags will go on sale at outside vendors beginning January 10.

**You will only be able to exchange bags at Borough Hall or the Community Center.**

Free Holiday Parking December 20-27

Free Holiday Parking December 2-6

Happy holidays! We’re pleased to tell you that parking will be free at ALL meters, silver & gold, from December 20 through December 27! Bags and signs are on all the meters to let everyone know they can park for free.

***You will still need to follow the No Parking signage in the areas during the designated timeframes. The Pomfret Street Garage is NOT part of this promotion, so you will need to pay if parking there. There will also still be enforcement of leased spaces.***

Carlisle Borough Holiday Schedule

Borough Hall will be closed on December 24, 25, and January 1. On those days, there will be no parking enforcement (meters & signs) or street cleaning.

There will be trash & recycling pick-up on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but no collection on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The schedule will be delayed by one day for the rest of those weeks.

Happy Holidays!

Carlisle Kiwanis Club Funds Fort LeTort Assessment

In honor of their 100th anniversary, the Carlisle Kiwanis Club looks to improve the Fort LeTort playground area at LeTort Park.

 The Carlisle Kiwanis Club is approaching its 100th anniversary and wishes to mark the occasion by performing a community project at LeTort Park. The service organization, chartered in 1920, places a special emphasis on bettering the lives of children and youth in the community.

The Carlisle Kiwanis Club chose LeTort Park and the Fort LeTort play area for their community project because they actually helped the Borough purchase land for the park in 1953. Built in 1993, the wooden play structure is starting to show its age. The club wants to ensure the playground is up to today’s safety and accessibility standards.

Carlisle Kiwanis Club President Robert Sigrist said, “Fort LeTort is a well-used and well-loved jewel in Carlisle.  The Carlisle Kiwanis Club wants to preserve this Carlisle treasure for future generations.”

The project, in coordination with Carlisle Parks and Recreation, will begin with an assessment of the structure funded by the Kiwanis Club. A Certified Playground Safety Inspector from Leathers & Associates will perform a physical inspection of the playground and evaluate the safety conditions, accessibility levels, and overall condition of the structure.  The assessment and following report will provide a framework to determine the best option for the refurbishment of Fort LeTort.  The goal of the project is to provide a safe play structure, reduce long-term maintenance costs and to continue to maintain Fort LeTort for years to come.

Sharon Wilson, who spearhead the effort to build Fort LeTort in 1993 is serving as a consultant for the revitalization process.  According to Parks and Recreation Director Andrea Crouse, “Sharon’s help and past knowledge of the project is invaluable.  On behalf of Carlisle Parks and Recreation, we thank Sharon and Bob and Nancy Sigrist for the time they have  dedicated to this project to date.”

In addition to funding the assessment, the Carlisle Kiwanis Club wishes to raise money to perform the necessary improvements to Fort LeTort. They plan to spearhead fundraising opportunities with fellow community organizations.

Short-Term Parking Enforcement Suspended Through 12/20

From Wednesday, November 6 through Friday, December 20, metered parking in the short-term areas (silver meters) will NOT be enforced while the new smart meters are installed. So, if you park at a silver meter, you do not need to pay during that time.

If you park at a gold meter, you must still feed the meter. This only applies to silver meters. You also must still obey the “No Parking” signage in the area on the designated days and times.

We will share more information about the smart meters and how they work soon. Stay tuned!

Carlisle Borough Staff Performs Pedestrian Curb Ramp Upgrades

Borough takes on in-house construction of a portion of curb ramp upgrades – $75,000 savings realized in 2019

 In an effort to stretch the Borough’s annual allocation of State Highway Aid that is provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Municipal Liquid Fuels Program*, the Borough has assumed in-house construction of a portion of required curb ramp upgrades.

The Borough depends heavily upon the Liquid Fuels Program to perform maintenance and repairs to Borough-owned streets, pedestrian facilities, and traffic signals. Carlisle has over 57 miles of Borough-owned streets; approximately 1,400 pedestrian curb ramps; and, 44 traffic signals.

From 2015 through 2017, the Borough used an average of about $220,000 per year from its state liquid fuel fund allocation to reconstruct pedestrian curb ramps to meet current accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. During this period, the Borough relied on outside contractors to complete the necessary curb ramp upgrades. In 2018, the Borough assumed responsibility for construction of 30 percent of the required upgrades, with an outside contractor completing the other 70 percent.

Borough Manager Susan Armstrong noted, “Although the Borough receives approximately $540,000+ from the Liquid Fuels Program, the Borough’s road and pedestrian infrastructure needs far outweigh the grant dollars received. Thus, we are always seeking cost-effective ways to stretch each dollar.”

Borough engineer, Mark Malarich added, “We were successful in completing half of the needed pedestrian curb ramp upgrades in-house in 2019, which ultimately saved the Borough over $75,000 in liquid fuel grant funding. The savings realized was then used to pave additional miles of Borough-owned streets.”

The Borough plans to continue this practice in 2020.

* With the Liquid Fuels Tax Act, the Pennsylvania Legislature established a state sales tax on products such as gasoline. PennDOT then allocates a portion of the revenue from these taxes annually to counties and municipalities.

Free Holiday Parking December 2-6

Happy holidays! We’re pleased to tell you that parking will be free at ALL meters, silver & gold, from December 2 through December 6 and December 20 through December 27! Bags and signs are currently being placed on all the meters to let everyone know they can park for free.

***You will still need to follow the No Parking signage in the areas during the designated timeframes. The Pomfret Street Garage is NOT part of this promotion, so you will need to pay if parking there. There will also still be enforcement of leased spaces.***

Thank you to all the businesses and groups who assisted us with spreading the word about the free holiday parking during the week of December 2-6.

  • Carlisle Financial Group
  • Destination Carlisle
  • Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy
  • Pat Craig Studios
  • Seve-N-Dots Publik Pizza Place
  • Tutto Venue & Boutique

Watch for future updates from Destination Carlisle, the Downtown Carlisle Association, and the Borough regarding the next free holiday parking event.

Small Business Saturday: Support & Celebrate Local Small Businesses

MAYOR SCOTT Declares November 30, 2019,
Small Business Saturday to Support and Celebrate Local Small Businesses

CARLISLE, PA November 25, 2019 Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott today announced his endorsement of and participation in the tenth annual Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2019. Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting the independent businesses that make our communities unique and provide valuable contributions to our economy.

“I encourage folks in the Carlisle region to join me and celebrate small businesses everywhere, but especially here in Downtown Carlisle. Shopping small not only supports the places we love, but it also supports and makes special our unique community. Today, the Borough of Carlisle joins in a national effort to help America’s small businesses do what they do best – grow their business, create jobs, and ensure our communities remain as vibrant tomorrow as they are today,” Mayor Scott said.

Created in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. In 2018, U.S. shoppers reported spending an estimated $17.8 billion at independent retailers and restaurants on the day, according to the American Express Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.1 In addition, the 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study2 from American Express found that an average two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at small businesses in the U.S. stays in the local community, meaning consumers’ local impact during the important holiday shopping season could be significant.

In recognizing the importance of supporting independent businesses in Carlisle, Mayor Scott:

  • Plans to #ShopSmall on November 30th in Downtown Carlisle and invites Carlisle residents to join him.
  • Announced a Mayoral Proclamation at the November 14th meeting of Borough Council proclaiming November 30, 2019 as “Small Business Saturday”, urging residents to support small business and merchants throughout the year.
  • Supports the efforts of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s local office in Shippensburg, PA, Carlisle Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Carlisle Association, and Destination Carlisle in recognizing the entrepreneurs who enrich our community.  
  • Calls on residents to share the small businesses that they love on social media using #LoveCarlisle, #ShopSmall and/or #SmallBizSat

    Merchants and consumers can learn more about Small Business Saturday and how to get involved by visiting

Turkey Trot Road Closures

Gobble, gobble! The YMCA’s annual Turkey Trot race will be held on Thanksgiving morning. There are some road closures on and around the course to tell you about.

The following roads will be closed on Thursday morning from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.:

  • South West Street
  • West South Street to Orange Street
  • Orange Street to Georgetown Circle
  • Orange Street to Hillside Drive
  • Hillside Drive to Belvedere Street
  • Belvedere Street to Noble Boulevard
  • Noble Boulevard to Wilson Street
  • Wilson Street to South Street
  • South Street to West Street
  • West Street to Finish Line

Good luck to those participating!