Two Valley leaders are vying to gain funds to help state parks to get much-needed improvements, particularly Shikellamy State Park.

Last Friday, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined state Sen. John Gordner and state Rep. Lynda Culver, for a tour of Shikellamy State Park to assess infrastructure needs.

DCNR Secretary Dunn said that several trails, dams, campgrounds, bridges, and educational centers require a financial investment in order to provide better comfort and safety to state park visitors. She also noted that a lot of the state parks were neglected and getting by with the bare minimum.

Senator John Gordner said he has always been an advocate for state parks and that he will continue to push for funding. He has also introduced a bill, Growing Greener III, that would give state parks about $500 million to use for repairs and upgrades.

State rep Culver said she will also be introducing a bill to help with funding.

The Shikellamy State Park has so many infrastructures, buildings, and parts deteriorating and really needs repair, maintenance. Since the pandemic started, rather than going to enclosed spaces, the public is flocking to the outdoors, and maintaining the state parts is a crucial thing to ensure that the outdoors continues to remain a favorite destination for everyone especially Pennsylvania.



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