The city of Sunbury, founded in 1772, is located at the point where the west and north branches of the scenic Susquehanna River converge in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. The river forms the basis for many of the numerous recreational opportunities available in the Sunbury and the surrounding area. Sunbury is home to the Adam T. Bower Memorial dam, the world’s largest fabric-tube dam. Each spring the dam is inflated to create the 3,000 acre Lake Augusta, a premier site for water sports and fishing.
The Sunbury River Park Project is in the development stage. A section of floodwall will be removed to allow for the placement of an amphitheater and walking trail along the downtown waterfront. It is hoped that this development will allow the city to make better use of one of its greatest resources, the beautiful Susquehanna River. An environmental education center is also being planned in the nearby Shikellamy state park.
Sunbury has an active youth sports program. There are numerous baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and a community swimming pool. Sunbury has the only indoor ice skating rink in the area, which is home to both several area youth hockey leagues, as well as the Bucknell University ice hockey team. Sunbury was the first municipality in the region to create a skate/bicycle park.
Sunbury is served by the Degenstein Community Library. The library provides a wide range of services for children and youth, including a pre-school story hour and a summer reading program. The library is able to assist adult patrons with any number of educational, professional or recreational reading needs, including internet service. The Sunbury YMCA houses the Degenstein Youth Center, which provides after school and weekend activities and events. The Sunbury YMCA also offers numerous classes for youth, adults, and seniors.
City of Sunbury
Shikellamy School District
Shikellamy State Park
Degenstein Community Library
Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA