Clarendon, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials dedicated improvements to Chapman State Park’s dam and lake, and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.
“Dating back more than 65 years, this state park dam needed these types of improvements to meet visitor expectations here at Chapman, 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 a tour and dedication of dam improvements, Chapman State Park Manager Tyson Martin pointed out park improvements that included:
- Extensive repairs to the dam spillway, embankment and outlet stilling basin;
- Dredging and removal of 90,000 cubic yards of sediment;
- Installation of fish habitat structures, angler platforms and dry fire hydrants;
- Culvert replacement and repaving of roads throughout the park.
Encompassing 862 acres, Chapman State Park includes the 68-acre Chapman Lake on the West Branch of Tionesta Creek.
The park is one of many state parks and several state forestlands gracing the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan.
For more information on Chapman, 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