Portersville, PA -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today visited Moraine State Park in Butler County to tour the park and to call attention to the park’s infrastructure need, also highlighting how pandemic recovery funds could be used to address outdated facilities and public safety preparedness across the state.
“DCNR strives to maintain safe infrastructure on public lands and that requires investment in critical infrastructure,” Dunn said. “To that end, the use of recovery funds are key in addressing the infrastructure needs of our state forests and state parks as we work to serve the public and to maintain safe recreation opportunities to our visitors."
Moraine has more than $20 million in infrastructure needs at the park including replacing and repairing sewage lines and pumping stations, roadway repaving, constructing of new comfort stations, replacing the bike rental concession building and public restrooms, and rehabilitating the docks and bulkheads at Davis Hollow Marina.
Dunn noted Gov. Tom Wolf’s $1.7 billion plan to help Pennsylvania recover from the COVID-19 pandemic includes designating $450 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars for conservation, recreation and preservation.
DCNR has a documented need of more than $1.4 billion for infrastructure repairs and improvements. Issues such as addressing wear and tear, extreme weather and climate change impacts, and a high demand for outdoor recreation require investments, which also allow incorporation of sustainable design and energy efficiency.
Pennsylvania made its last major injection of funding for conservation and outdoor recreation in 2005 with the Growing Greener II initiative, which funded hundreds of trail projects, conserved thousands of acres of threatened and open space and helped with hundreds of water projects to reduce pollution and flooding.
Statewide, outdoor recreation is a multibillion-dollar industry that directly supports 150,000 jobs. For every dollar invested in state parks, $12.41 returns to the commonwealth.
DCNR manages 121 state parks, 2.2 million acres of state forest lands, and is tasked with conserving and sustaining Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ use and enjoyment.
Full of gently rolling hills, lush forests, and sparkling waters, Moraine State Park disguises a land that has endured the effects of continental glaciers and massive mineral extraction. The central feature of the park is the 3,225-acre Lake Arthur with 42 miles of shoreline. Each year, more than one million boaters, picnickers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders, cabin renters, and swimmers visit the 16,725-acre park, yet never realize that many people helped restore the park after prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices.
Visit DCNR’s website for more information about Moraine State Park.
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