About the Project

For over a century, people in York have looked at the Codorus Creek as a body of water abounding with opportunity. The YCEA’s Codorus Creek Beautification Initiative moves these prior design and planning efforts forward by hydraulically modeling and re-envisioning the creek channel in the City of York and Spring Garden Township.


Our concept includes improving public access along both sides of the creek, installing recreational amenities, and enhancing the ecological habitat of the creek through stormwater mitigation, urban flood control, and native plantings – all done without private land acquisition. These improvements will connect neighborhoods, people and services, and will reimagine the Codorus Creek as a true public space for all.

This project brings together partners from across the City of York and York County and will serve to better connect residents and visitors to our creek. The engineering effort by local partners Buchart Horn and C.S. Davidson is integral to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ mission of flood control, ensuring the design enhances the ecological health of the Codorus Creek as well as maintains urban flood capacity as a primary service, bringing new life to our waterway.

Please explore this web page to learn more about the project, and engage with us by taking the survey found below so we can learn more about what you’d like to see included in our work.


2024 RAISE Grant Application

In February 2024, YCEA re-submitted a $15 million application to the US Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. If awarded, the federal funding will match $17.2 million in state funding previously secured through Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and other sources to complete a $32.5 million phase of the Codorus Greenway. The components of the RAISE grant application package are listed below for public review:

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