Thursday, May 18, 2017

DCNR: Penn’s Parks For All - Planning For The State Parks Of Tomorrow Initiative

Pennsylvania’s award-winning system of 121 state parks is now well into its second century of service. With a state park within 25 miles of nearly every Pennsylvanian, there is a remarkable variety of types and sizes of parks located throughout the Commonwealth.
During the last 25 years, DCNR has made tremendous improvements in most parks such as modernizing facilities, adding comfortable cabins, and expanding recreation opportunities. The department also has worked to better conserve and manage the parks’ natural resources, and expand the number of education staff and programs.
This summer, DCNR is launching an initiative called Penn’s Parks for All – Planning for the State Parks of Tomorrow.
In the decades ahead, the department wants to ensure that your Pennsylvania state park system will remain as relevant and valuable to future generations as it has been to current and past generations.
Around the Fourth of July, DCNR will begin survey efforts to poll visitors, staff, and the public on their vision of the future for Pennsylvania state parks.
Questions that will be asked include:
-- Should we change the current outdoor recreation opportunities or experiences?
-- Should we enhance overnight accommodations in our state parks?
-- How should we pay for our state parks?
-- How can we protect our state parks?
-- Should we provide more modern conveniences within state parks?
-- How is visitor satisfaction with park services and facilities?
-- How appropriate are certain facilities and activities in our state parks?
Opportunities to share your comments (which are in the final planning stages) will include:
-- A paper survey and an accompanying state park information document will be distributed this summer and fall in the parks to park visitors.
-- An online survey will be launched in July. This survey, available to everyone to complete, will include additional questions for people who haven’t visited parks before, or in a while.
-- A phone survey of a statistically-significant sampling of Pennsylvanians that can be extrapolated to represent the state’s population.
-- Focused outreach efforts for emerging adults (ages 18–25); Hispanic/Latino audiences; and a series of stakeholder input meetings to drill down on specific topics.
The goal, which will be influenced by the information gathered during the many opportunities for public comment, will be to have a final report in 2019.
For more information on state parks and forests and recreation in Pennsylvania, visit DCNR’s website, Click Here to sign up for the Resource newsletter,  Click Here for upcoming events.  Click Here to be part of DCNR’s Online Community,  Click Here to hook up with DCNR on other social media-- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
(Reprinted from the May 17 edition of DCNR’s Resource newsletter. Click Here to sign up for your own copy.)


  1. We spent the weekend of July 21-23 at Prince Gallitzin State Park and we all really enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere. No worrying about if our "neighbors" would be up till all hours of the night. This was the perfect end to a stressful week for my cousin.

  2. I just took this survey and it wants to know if people are okay with privatizing State Parks. The survey will determine if you would accept turning State Parks into resorts controlled by private businesses where you would pay to enter, instead of how they are now -- free places to enjoy nature with your family.

    I don't normally raise the alarm bell like this, but this is an official DCNR survey, and is headed by a Andrew Mowen, Phd who has many publications promoting the privatization of state parks, including one from 2009 that really sums up this demented mindset and goes into great detail about how state parks need to be privatized and controlled by businesses instead of by you and me.

    Don't let some idiot take something from you that BELONGS to you. Please fill the survey out carefully and let Andrew Mowen know that your state parks are not for sale.


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