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03/29/2019

Wolf Administration Dedicates New Caledonia State Park Campgrounds Discusses How Restore Pennsylvania Could Address Infrastructure Needs

​Fayetteville, Franklin County, PA - Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials dedicated new campgrounds and other facilities at Caledonia State Park and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.

"We know our visitors will appreciate all the new upgrades and work done at Caledonia in a project that has brought new, modern facilities and full-service camping, while maintaining the character and charm of the park," Dunn said. "Just as these improvements are essential to meeting camper expectations, Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing infrastructure needs of our state forests and state parks throughout the state."

Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to 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. 

Overseeing 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, DCNR faces green infrastructure needs totaling $1 billion. Caledonia facilities upgraded at the state park's Chinquapin Hill Campgrounds dated back almost 60 years.

Today's event marked completion of Phase 1 of the Caledonia Campgrounds Rehabilitation project and included removal of six shower houses; complete rebuilding of three bathroom facilities; and installation of 18 full-service campsites.

Facilities on Chinquapin Hill originally were built in the early 1960s and included 130 non-electric campsites. Over the next 50 years, 10 electric sites were added to Chinquapin Hill, but the majority remained non-electric. The park's Hosack Run Campground housed most of the modern amenities for travel trailers and RVs.

"This project is a good example of how our recreational assets in the South Mountain landscape, and throughout Pennsylvania, are in need of continued investment," said Katie Hess, Director of South Mountain Partnership, operating in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties. "This type of work could have dedicated funding in the future through the Restore Pennsylvania proposal, which would build on past successes and boost returns on the state's conservation investments. We could see lasting and diverse benefits here and across Pennsylvania, including reducing flood losses, cheaper and safer drinking water costs, assistance for municipal MS4 work, restoration of streams for recreation and economic use, leverage to attract more federal investments, boosts to our agricultural and outdoor recreation industries, plus more. Even better – over 75 percent of all voters support spending more on conservation in Pennsylvania."

Starting in January of 2018, Chinquapin Hill was closed for the entire camping season to complete new shower and restroom facilities, and install water, sewer, and electric lines needed to modernize the campground for current public needs.

Contractors finished the work in January 2019, with the intent of opening the campground for the 2019 season.

Comprised of 1,125-acres, Caledonia State Park is in Adams and Franklin counties, midway between Chambersburg and Gettysburg along Route 30.

It is home to the popular Totem Pole Playhouse which, since 1952, has offered quality stage performances during the summer.

Also in the state park complex is nearby Mont Alto, Pennsylvania's oldest state park. It offers a pavilion, picnicking, and trout fishing on its 24 acres adjoining the Penn State Mont Alto campus.

For more details on the Caledonia State Park Complex, visit DCNR's website.

To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF)

 MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-2225

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