They are big, bold and blue. They are also enough to make avid runner Dan Schmedlen choke up while reciting William Wordsworth at a public hearing held by Capital Blue Cross.
"I run over at least 3 to 5 days a week and (over ten years) it made my heart hurt a little bit," he said.
It is funding the 50-thousand dollar project that will install equipment to do natural exercises like log hops.
"We want to help city residents and people in the Harrisburg area exercise. We saw the get up, get out get active signs as a real positive message to be sending to our community," Vice President of CBC Dave Skerpon said.
The community sent a message right back saying the the row of signs is an eyesore and blocks the scenic view of the riverfront.
"We thought at the time it was fun, added color and created the excitement of the exercise equipment," Skerpon said.
But with the public outcry and also some support, Capital Blue Cross is taking another look at the decision.
Some members of Harrisburg City Council also came to the meeting to say the board wasn't aware the signs would be intrusive and the approval the deal was given by city administrators was against ordinances.
"What we plan to do after this is sit down and talk with members of council and figure out where we have to go next in terms of instructions to the administration," Councilwoman Gloria Martin-Roberts said.
A spokesperson for Mayor Stephen Reed said the equipment is a generous donation, that many are thankful for regardless of the resistance.
Capital Blue Cross plans to make a decision early next week on what to do with the signs.
Signs Cause Controversy
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