Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, PA - Spiritual Significance of Physical Places

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RESERVOIR PARK THE HIGH PLACE IN THE CITY OF HARRISBURG A SIGNIFICANT PLACE IN THE HARRISBURG REGION Prepared by: James Eugene Barbush Former Address Current Address 2448 Emerald Court 2021 Blue Mountain Parkway Emerald Point Harrisburg, PA 17112 Harrisburg, PA 17104 717-514-5549 717-232-9388 [email protected] Written in December 1993 Revised January 28, 1995 Edited December 8, 2012 Original was written prior to Construction of Civil War Museum and Other Items

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  • 1 RESERVOIR PARK ________________________________________________ THE HIGH PLACE IN THE CITY OF HARRISBURG A SIGNIFICANT PLACE IN THE HARRISBURG REGION ________________________________________________ ____________________________ Prepared by: James Eugene Barbush Former Address Current Address 2448 Emerald Court 2021 Blue Mountain Parkway Emerald Point Harrisburg, PA 17112 Harrisburg, PA 17104 717-514-5549 717-232-9388 [email protected] December 1993 (Revised January 28, 1995) Edits made December 8, 2012 (Original was written prior to Construction of Civil War Museum and Other Items)
  • 2 RESERVOIR PARK T H E H I G H P L A C E IN THE CITY OF HARRISBURG A SIGNIFICANT PLACE IN THE HARRISBURG REGION I N D E X I. INTRODUCTION II. DESCRIPTION OF RESERVOIR PARK III. LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHY A. LOCATION B. GEOGRAPHY (THE HIGHEST PLACE IN THE CITY) IV. HISTORY OF RESERVOIR PARK V. SIGNIFICANT PHYSICAL FEATURES & THEIR SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE A. RESERVOIR PARK'S ELEVATION B. RESERVOIRS CONTAINED WITHIN RESERVOIR PARK. C. TWELVE TREES & A PAVED CIRCLE AT THE TOP OF RESERVOIR PARK D. MONUMENTS AND STATUES CONSTRUCTED IN 1893 AND 1993 VI. MONUMENTS AND STATUES CONSTRUCTED IN 1893 AND 1993 A. "DETWEILER MONUMENT" GRANITE MONUMENT, BUILT 1893 B. "EVOLUTION" THE BRONZE STATUE OF A NAKED LADY, BUILT 1993 C. "PARK MOTHER" THE STATUE OF A CAPED WOMAN, BUILT 1993 D. WHY THE RESTORED MONUMENT AND THE NEW STATUES? VII. THE GATES OF THE CITY OF HARRISBURG VIII. SUMMARY & CALL TO ACTION
  • 3 RESERVOIR PARK T H E H I G H P L A C E IN THE CITY OF HARRISBURG A SIGNIFICANT PLACE IN THE HARRISBURG REGION I. INTRODUCTION Today is an exciting time in the history of Harrisburg, an exciting time in my life and the lives of other Christians who live in the City of Harrisburg and in the Harrisburg region. During the weekend from Friday through Sunday, November 19 through November 21, 1993, events occurred in the City of Harrisburg where Christians from all over the region worshipped and prayed to the Lord. The events were conducted by Kent Henry and hosted by local churches, Word Fellowship Christian Center of Harrisburg and Christ Community Church of Camp Hill. The weekend was notable because the significance that some Christians believe the Lord has attributed to the City of Harrisburg is no longer only known by a few people in the city, no longer only known by a few churches in the region, no longer understood by only a few, and no longer known by Christians that are scattered and not connected. The belief that the City of Harrisburg is a key place in the Lord's plans has now been broadcast to the Body of Christ in unity. Therefore, those Christians who have sensed the significance of Harrisburg can be encouraged because the Lord has now broadcast to the Body of Christ what they have known in their hearts for some time. The things that the Lord has prepared them for are now being revealed to the body at large. More believers in the body will understand what is happening in the physical and in the spirit, and what is being talked about because the Lord has spoken them to the body at large. A prophecy, given to Rick Ridings prior to the weekend, was broadcast to the Body of Christ in attendance at the events of the weekend. The prophecy said that if we seek the Lord, He will attribute to the City of Harrisburg the name - "The City of Holiness", and attribute to Camp Hill the name - "The Camp of the Lord" This prophecy has been told to Christians from all over the region. Because of the understanding received by the body during the weekend of worship and prayer, and because of the unity that was entered into during the weekend, there are additional things about the City of Harrisburg that can now be brought forth. That is what this paper is about. I want to tell you about a significant place in the City of Harrisburg and why it is significant. I also want to suggest what the Body of Christ needs to do concerning that place. During 2 or 3 years in the early 1990s, the church in the Harrisburg region has focused on City Island. City Island, an island in the middle of the Susquehanna River, a bridge between the East Shore and the West Shore, is a significant place in the City of Harrisburg. Because the Body of Christ has been uniting in its focus on City Island, changes have occurred in the spiritual atmosphere throughout Harrisburg. Testimonies of those changes happening around the city have been heard.
  • 4 Another significant place in the City of Harrisburg is Reservoir Park,the high place in the city, a place that was been closed for many years,a place that was restored and re-opened again. Reservoir Park is the place that I want to tell you about. I want to give you some facts and insight about the park, some history, and some startling facts about what is happening in the park today. What I tell you should let you know or further confirm to you that Reservoir Park is a very significant place in The City ofHarrisburg and in the Harrisburg region. Reservoir Park is a place that the Body of Christ needs to add to her focus list. The things that I will tell you come from published information and from my own experience as a life long resident of the City of Harrisburg, and my own experiences as a Christian. The Lord is making things clear to His body, in His time, and in His way. Hallelujah!!
  • 5 II. DESCRIPTION OF RESERVOIR PARK Reservoir Park is named for the function that it serves. The park contains the reservoirs that serve the City's water needs. There are two reservoirs in the park. There is a visible, covered reservoir located on the park's west side. The reservoir appears to be an empty basin, but the visible part of the reservoir is its cover. The cover is shaped like a rectangular bowl. Under that cover is the stored water. There is also a buried reservoir located at the top of the park. There is a large field at the top of the park that is grass covered, surrounded by trees, and available to the public for recreation. Underneath the field is the reservoir. The noticeable evidences that there is something underneath are several manholes which extend out of the ground in the field. When standing at two manholes located along the north edge of the field, you can hear the sound of rushing water below. (before the NCWM) Reservoir Park is a 90 acre park having points overlooking the City of Harrisburg and the surrounding area. This is Harrisburg's largest public facility. The park has rolling hills, an abundance of large grassy areas, paved roads, and recreational facilities. There is an outdoor band shell, playgrounds, and buildings for the teaching, display, and creation of art. As described in the October 1993 issue of "Center City News", a monthly publication by the Downtown Harrisburg Association, Reservoir Park is fast becoming "A JEWEL IN THE CITY'S CROWN". This description has been attributed to the park since the city has undertook a two phase Park Rehabilitation Program. The $1.6 million Phase I portion of the program was completed, followed by Phase II completed in late 1994. Reservoir Park is discussed in a unique book about Harrisburg that was written over 65 years ago. The book is beautifully titled "Harrisburg: The City Beautiful, Romantic And Historic". The book was written by Dr. George P. Donehoo and copyrighted by E. J. Stackpole in 1927. The opening paragraph of Chapter One immediately caught my attention as the author tells the reader "...go up to the high point in Reservoir Park and let your eyes sweep over the marvelous panorama which is spread out before you...". Having been at the high point and prayed there, I was struck by what the author wrote. The book leads the reader to appreciate everything about Harrisburg that the title suggests. The author wrote an historical account, but he told about the beauty of Harrisburg, its Capitol, and its history in such a way that one who is a lover of the city and who has persevered with the city to feel an even stronger passion toward the city. I encourage Christians in Harrisburg and in the surrounding region to read that book, go up to that high place, see the city and the surrounding region. I encourage them to pray and meditate on the Word and receive more understanding of what the Lord has planned for this area. There are copies of the book in local libraries. I also have copies.
  • 6 III. LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHY A. LOCATION LOCATION. Reservoir Park is located within Harrisburg's city limits, approximately 1 mile in a northwest direction from the back of Pennsylvania's Capitol Complex. When standing at the back of the Capitol, on the balcony that overlooks the fountain which is on Commonwealth Avenue, Reservoir Park is straight ahead and to the right of State Street. ENTRANCES. Reservoir Park is bounded by Walnut Street to the north and Market Street to the south. The western point of the park touches 18th Street and the east side faces the Borough of Penbrook. There are 5 entrances to the park. Two entrances are currently open - the main entrance on Walnut Street (very near to and seen from State Street) and an entrance located east of Bishop McDevitt on Market Street. Three entrancesare currently closed - one entrance on Market Street to the west of Bishop McDevitt, an entrance on 18th Street that has two tall sandstone pillars on each side of the road, and an eastern entrance. The main entrance was refurbished during Phase I of the Rehabilitation Program. SURROUNDINGS. Most of the park is surrounded by residential neighborhoods and apartments. To the south along Market Street, the park is bounded by