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11/09/2018

DCNR Plans Information Session Focusing on Beltzville State Park

​Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of State Parks has announced a planned public meeting for park visitors and residents living near the Carbon County facility to discuss the operation of Beltzville State Park on high-visitation days.

The informational meeting will be held Thursday, November 15, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Towamensing Fire Company, 105 Firehouse Rd, Palmerton, PA. It is being offered by the joint stakeholder group formed to investigate and address crowd and parking concerns, and study possible corrective measures.

Representatives from The Pennsylvania State University and Toole Recreation Planning will be on hand to provide an update on progress and future steps in their study of local community and visitor experiences at the 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park.

Attendees are invited to visit and ask questions of the stakeholder group which includes bureau operational, resource, and planning specialists, and representatives of Beltsville State Park. the Pa. Game Commission, Pa. Fish and Boat Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation, and Friends of Beltzville State Park. Local state lawmakers Sen. John Yudichak and Rep. Doyle Hefley also will be represented to help address community questions or concerns.

Beltzville State Park’s land and lake are owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control, and managed for recreation by DCNR and the Game Commission.

Beltzville is recognized as an outstanding water resource, with the capacity to accommodate unlimited horsepower motorboats. The park, which includes the 949-acre Beltzville Lake, draws boaters, swimmers, and picnickers during the peak summer season of Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other attractions include Pohopoco Creek, an excellent trout stream that feeds the lake; more than 500 feet of sand swimming beach, and many picnic areas.

For more information about Beltzville, and Pennsylvania’s other 120 state parks, visit the DCNR website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-2225; tbrady@pa.gov

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