Columbia River Park Master Site Development Plan

Columbia, PA


Master Planning
Sustainable Design
Public Engagement
Planting Design
Cost Estimation
Site Design and Construction Documentation
Project Team Management


To develop a Master Plan for the third phase of Columbia River Park located between the Susquehanna River and multiple Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.


Columbia Borough

Situated along the Susquehanna River in Columbia, PA, the historically-rich site features canal remains, notable bridge piers, and natural water outfalls. Thousands of visitors currently flock to the park to access the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail, a 14-mile hiking and biking trail. Today, the Park is in it’s third phase of development for the 10 acres of land which is purely open space and river shoreline.

The Master Plan addresses the shoreline of the Susquehanna River and Columbia River Park’s previous phases of development. Programmatic drivers such as access into the park, dealing with the immediate, industrial neighbors and responding to the results of the community survey drove the conceptual design. In an effort to improve the Susquehanna River’s water quality and create interactive spaces, EPD analyzed the ecosystems on site and work through green infrastructure possibilities. Our team gathered additional information about the potential archaeological and historic resources in the project area.