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Delaware & Lehigh - Wilkes-Barre's River Common a Reality

Wilkes-Barre’s annual RiverFest is always a good time, but this year was special. Not only did the festival celebrate its tenth anniversary, but it also included the dedication of the recently completed, $30 million River Common.Visitors stroll through the River Common entrance, which will double as a flood gate during periods of high water.

The complex is situated between the Susquehanna River and the levees that protect the city from periodic flooding. For many years, residents were cut off from the river by the necessary but daunting banks of the earthen levees.Congressman Paul Kanjorski speaks at the River Commons dedication.

Now, the Commons provides access (through new flood gates) to the water’s edge, a 700-seat amphitheater, two fishing piers, and a paved walking trail.Visitors enjoy the new walkways and steps along the water.  The paths connect to the 12-mile Susquehanna River Levee System Trail.

The Susquehanna Levee Trail System is a hidden treasure of northeastern Pennsylvania. Hopefully the Common will earn it the reputation it deserves.