Codorus, Pinchot to hold public meetings about report on future of Pa. state parks

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Keystone Dock Dogs compete during Big Air Wave 2 during Codorus Blast at Codorus State Park in Hanover, Friday, June 15, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A meeting Wednesday and another later this month invite York County residents to learn more about a new report on state parks gleaned from a two-year survey on how to improve and maintain them for the future.

The survey, which gathered public input on the future of Pennsylvania's state parks, has culminated in a 44-page preliminary report detailing recommendations for park improvements for the next 25 years.

“Commenting on everything from pets in campgrounds to trails and beaches, thousands commented on what they like, dislike and hope to see someday in their state parks," said department Secretary Cindy Dunn in a news release. 

A public meeting looking for further input on the report will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Codorus State Park Visitor Center, located at 2600 Smith Station Road in Hanover.

Another meeting to discuss the report will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Gifford Pinchot State Park in the park office, 2200 Rosstown Road, Lewisberry.

The report analyzes several areas of improvement for state parks, including the expansion of outdoor recreation, the protection of natural and cultural resources and the expansion of overnight accommodations, among others. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources compiled results of the public survey, which can be viewed at under the title "Penn's Parks for All."

"This will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the preliminary report and how to provide comment through the bureau's website," said John Hallas, the Bureau of State Parks director. 

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