Where the Heart Is



People are the heart of every community. A little advanced thinking helps keep that heart in the right place. Like creating parks and recreational areas. Gracefully meshing tourist draws with the needs of local residents. Skirting roads with pedestrian and bike trails. Bringing multi-discipline expertise to municipal planning. Coordinating the zoning, infrastructure needs, and development plans of adjacent communities. SSM's certified planners work hand-in-hand with municipalities to help manage growth, protect resources, and enhance communities and the quality of life of the people living there.

A Walk in the Park

On March 30th we celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day an (unofficial) annual holiday encouraging people to get active and enjoy the physical and mental benefits that come from walking in nature. It’s a perfect day to go out for a walk in the park. Enjoy nature’s beauty and being outside. According to timeanddate.com, “Walking in nature - away from the dust and pollution of streets and cars - can boost moods and reduce stress.”

How can you celebrate?

  • Grab your favorite walking shoes, leave your phone behind and breathe in the fresh air as you walk around your local park.

  • Bring a good friend or a family member with you on your walk. What better way to enjoy nature and maintain your health than to share it with a loved one?

  • Join the online conversation and share a post of you enjoying nature’s beauty. #TakeAWalkInTheParkDay

We’re celebrating some of our community recreational projects:

  • Jordan Greenway Trail - SSM prepared construction drawings for a one-mile section of paved multi-use trail along the Jordan Creek within property owned by Whitehall Township.

  • Structural Assessment for Coal Breaker at Eckley Miner’s Village - SSM's structural engineers assessed the existing condition of the timber-framed structure and provided engineering analysis and design to replace or reconstruct a portion of the coal breaker, called the tipple.

  • Bingaman House Recreational Center - Lake Antietam Park