Upper Black Eddy, PA - Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn toured Delaware Canal and Washington Crossing Historic parks to discuss how the Governor Tom Wolf's Restore Pennsylvania proposal would help address a deteriorating canal system, roadway repairs, erosion and other green infrastructure needs at the two parks bordering the Delaware River.
"Nature and history merge at these parks in a rich blend that draws more than a million visitors each year, but nature has been taking a heavy toll on park infrastructure," Dunn said. "We have deteriorating canal locks and gates, eroding towpath banks and roadways, and none can be repaired easily or cheaply. All require the type financial commitment Restore Pennsylvania can provide."
Governor Wolf's Restore Pennsylvania plan would aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.
Stretching 60 miles north along the Delaware -- from Bristol, Bucks County, to Easton, Northampton County -- Delaware Canal State Park has been beset by river flooding and other high-water events in recent years. Gate, lock and other canal repairs carry a $90 million price tag, according to Bureau of State Parks officials accompanying the secretary.
Dunn and others also toured deteriorating roadways and restroom facilities at Washington Crossing Historic Park, which also is located on the Delaware. A National Historic Landmark, the park offers Colonial buildings that introduce visitors to living conditions during the Revolutionary era. The park provides historical and environmental education programs, as well as hosting special events and re-enactments.
Washington Crossing originally was established as a state park in July 1917. The park was transferred to the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission in 1971, then returned to the state park system to be managed by DCNR's Bureau of State Parks.
Delaware Canal State Park's focal point is the river and its historic canal and tow path, with original canal locks and bridges. Among the state's more diverse parks, Delaware Canal contains a 90-acre pond, many miles of river shoreline and 11 river islands. Also included in this state park complex is Ralph Stover State Park, along the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County.
To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).
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