Erie, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials toured Presque Isle State Park and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.
"Future improvements are essential to meeting visitor expectations here at Presque Isle, just as Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing infrastructure needs throughout the state," Dunn said. "Restore Pennsylvania is the only proposal that can truly aid needed green infrastructure improvements at state parks and state forests 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. Accompanying Secretary Dunn and others on the tour, Presque Isle State Park Manager Greene pointed out park needs that include:
Funding for beach nourishment to help combat climate change effects, including high water levels and frequent and intense storms, causing large-scale erosion on park beaches.
Renovations to the concession, bathhouses, beachfront trail and parking areas, to include sustainable infrastructure that would better handle storm water; and inclusion of solar power production that would assist the park reduce the carbon footprint at Beach 6.
Renovation or replacement of a public safety building to provide a more visitor-oriented operation, energy efficiencies, and decreased overall building footprint on the park.
A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula arching into Lake Erie. In addition to the acclaimed Tom Ridge Environmental Center, the park offers visitors a scenic coastline rich with bird life, swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and other recreational activities.
Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan.
For more information on Presque Isle or any of Pennsylvania's 121 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS (727-2757) between 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday; or visit the DCNR website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-877-6315