Photos from the National Night Out 2017 event

On August 1, neighbors from Bellevue Park and Melrose Gardens came together at the Girl Scouts building to share our desire for a stronger community and a reduction of crime in Harrisburg. Food was provided by the Salvation Army, who will be relocating to the neighborhood in the future. Games, food, and activities were provided. Thanks to all for making it a success!

Adopt a Classroom


At the Annual Meeting of the Bellevue Park Association held on the evening of June 12th in the Community Building, I reported that the Bellevue Park Board of Directors had approved the Association's continuing support for a third year of collaboration with the Harrisburg Public School Foundation through the Foundation's "Adopt a Classroom" program.  In this program, private organizations like the Bellevue Park Association award grants of $500 to elementary school classes in Harrisburg Public Schools to promote academic enrichment and program development. Over the past two years, supported entirely by money voluntarily contributed by our neighbors in the Park, we have been able to support three classes annually.


On Monday evening, 25 people attending the annual meeting pledged $1,220 toward our continued participation in this program.  The average pledge was just over $48.  If you'd like to contribute to this good cause--in any amount--please contact Steve MacDonald at

Stormwater in Bellevue Park - Mish Run Hydrologic Study

Capital Region Water (CRW) is conducting a study of Mish Run - the steam that flows through Bellevue Park. This is the same stream that feeds the ponds and then goes underground until it flows out to the Susquehanna River.  CRW is seeking to identify potential Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects that will reduce stormwater flow in Bellevue Park and the City. 

Capital Region Water (CRW) and CH2M (consulting engineers) conducted the second stakeholder meeting with residents of the Bellevue Park Association (BPA) on March 30, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm in the BPA Community Center. Approximately 17 residents attended.  As a result of this meeting, the following Action Items will be pursued:  1) CRW to work towards a partnership agreement with the BPA board; 2) CH2M (with CRW input) to conduct cost/benefit analysis on a preferred set of alternatives based on the community input.

The meeting presentation is found here, and the meeting summary is found here.

Bellevue Park will host the 2017 HYP Home Tour

Bellevue Park has been selected to be the host of the 19th Annual HYP (Harrisburg Young Professionals) Home Tour on Saturday, May 13. Tickets can be purchased from the HYP website in advance. Proceed from the ticket sales will go to the HYP Home in the City Program.

Event Registration: 12:00pm @ Bellevue Park Community Building, 143 Briarcliff Rd. Harrisburg 17104
Tour: 12:00pm – 5:00 PM
After Party: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ Oakwood Rd. Reservation (near registration)

Meet & Greet The Candidate Ice Cream Social Announcement

Neighbors and friends, Come "Meet and Greet" Claude Phipps, the candidate for the Magisterial District Judge 12-1-05 on May 7th, 2017 between 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Bellevue Park Community Center.  This is an opportunity to meet the candidate, discuss issues and his position on topics affecting our neighborhood and enjoy some Ice Cream with your neighbors.

Enjoying St. Patrick's Day!

The kids of Bellevue Park enjoyed a party on March 18th at the Community Building with fun and treats. Hosts Liz, Daniel, Jaydee, and Seth created a fun event for neighborhood kids that included cookie decorating (and eating), face painting, twister, crafts, and a "find the pots of gold" scavenger hunt. Great fun for all! Enjoy some of the pictures from the event!

Mish Run Hydrologic Study

Pat Buckley has been working with Capital Region Water on a study of Mish Run - the steam that flows through Bellevue Park. This is the same stream that feeds the ponds and then goes underground until it flows out to the Susquehanna River. Capital Region Water put together this presentation to help educate residents on the considerations and plans that are being formulated.

Election Results - 2016

Here are the results from voting at the Community Building, 9th Ward, 4th Precinct.

Eligible voters - 837
Votes cast - 546
Turnout - 65%

(Previous presidential election year turnouts:  2012 - 607; 2008 - 622; 2004 - 629.)

U.S. President:
Clinton - 416
Trump - 96

U.S. Senator:
McGinty - 393
Toomey - 125

U.S. Representative:
Perry - 138
Burkholder - 372

PA State Senator:
Teplitz - 422
DiSanto - 108

Attorney General:
Shapiro - 395
Rafferty - 118

State Treasurer:
Torsella - 391
Voit - 113

Auditor General:
Depasquale - 410
Brown - 99

Thank you for coming out to Oktoberfest 2016!

On behalf of everyone, I'd like to thank those that enjoyed the beautiful weather, great beer, delicious food, and wonderful company with us. We really had a great time as always and I hope you all did too. Here are some photos from the event (thanks, Doris!)

Bellevue Park Flower Pot Results 2016

As usual, there were so many beautiful pots. Thanks to all who took their time to make this a success!

- Nancy

Best of Show
- Carol Lopus

Most Dramatic
- 1st Place: Wannette Legaspi
- 2nd Place: Tucker Susskind

Most Unusual
- Ken McCann

- Pat Buckley

- Elizabeth Johnson

- Kathleen Bard

Most Compelling
- Kathie Bard

- Kate Quimby

Hidden Treasure
- Allen Lengle & Dave Grove

Most Spirit
- Vicki Bucher

Most Patriotic
- Doris Ulsh

Honorable Mention
- Marty Boone

Best Pot not in the Competition
- Becky Woods

Not in competition but best ceramic container
- Sharyn Peterson

New Bellevue Park signs

The historic “Please Drive Slowly” signs are now installed throughout Bellevue Park.  Thank you to everyone who donated over $5,000 for the project.  A special thank you to the dedicated volunteers who helped dig 7 holes (in the rain) on Friday, and install those signs on Saturday.   I could not have done it without you!  I hope everyone enjoys seeing them in the Park once again.

Primary Election results from our precinct

Here are the election results from the BP Community Building voting site (Precinct 9-4), which covers some of Bellevue Park and other areas.

Total Votes: D - 255; R - 74

Clinton - 167
Sanders - 86

U.S. Senator:
McGinty - 114
Sestak - 70
Fetterman - 43

Attorney General:
Shapiro - 143
Zappala - 41
Morganelli - 27

PA Senator:
Teplitz - 171
Taylor - 52

Trump - 28
Cruz - 22
Kasich - 19

Attorney General:
Rafferty - 40
Peters - 19

PA Senator:
DiSanto - 44
Lewis - 17

Spring Clean Up

On Saturday morning in 2" of ground covering snow, cloudy skies, and cold temperatures, 21 early rising, bundled-up folks showed up at the Community Building for cups of hot coffee and Dunkin' Doughnuts, ready to sign up for spring cleaning jobs in our Park!  Armed with warm gloves, and lots of tools, we mulched around reservation trees and signs, took down a dead tree and cut up a large fallen limb, planted 7 winter berry plants, re-dug the Pentwater trench, and cleaned out some storm drains.  Today, Sunday, under bright sunshine, the work continued, 2 smaller groups cleaned up the paths, planted pansies at the Community Building, and picked up sticks.  

Thanks to Terry Bachmann for the donation of the pansies.

And a huge thank you to all who helped with these projects!!

Carol and Barbara