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    Bill would allow building in state parks

    New bill would require DCNR, at the behest of a new, to-be-created commission, to contract with private entities to build and operate "recreational, lodging and ancillary facilities in State parks[.]" It's a total joke because the definition of "recreational, lodging and ancillary facilities" is "[h]otels, inns, restaurants, amusement or water parks, outdoor sports facilities, golf courses, swimming pools or other public recreational facilities, office buildings or maintenance structures or facilities." Since do office buildings or "maintenance structures", whatever that is, constitute recreational facilities by anyone's definition? State park land turned into golf courses, resorts and water parks? Pennsylvania must need more golf courses, office buildings and water parks, and fewer trails.

    This link has the bill sponsors and a link to the Bill text: Bill Information (History) - House Bill 2013; Regular Session 2015-2016 - PA General Assembly


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    I don't get it. Doesn't every park already have this to one degree or another? They have third party companies renting out canoes and kayaks at marsh creek. And another that runs the pool club. Ridley creek has a company there that does weddings and corporate events at the mansion, and another one that does horse rides.

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    The proposed bill is qualitatively different. Currently DCNR is authorized to lease land "as a site for buildings and facilities to be used for health, recreational or educational purposes, or for parking areas or concessions for the convenience and comfort of the public." It must ensure the facilities are "so designed and constructed as to retain, so far as may be, the naturalistic appearance of State park areas, surroundings and approaches, and conceal the hand of man as ordinarily visible in urban, industrial and commercial activities."

    The proposed bill creates a new commission whose sole purpose is to solicit and entertain projects, which can include, for example, office buildings, golf courses and amusement parks, under the terms of the bill. If passed, it would permit building and "development" on a whole different scale than currently.

    The text of an IMBA update on the subject is as follows:

    Legislation has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would require the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), which is responsible for managing all state parks and forests, to consider private proposals for commercial development in state parks. Your favorite rides in places like Nockamixon State Park and Bald Eagle State Park could be lost to office buildings, amusement parks, golf courses and other development contrary to the open and scenic qualities of our public lands.

    House Bill 2013 could be wrapped up in budget negotiations and quickly passed without sufficient public consideration and input. If your state representative is a sponsor of the bill, please contact your representative and Governor Wolf today to tell them that protecting Pennsylvania's open spaces is of utmost importance.

    DCNR is a nationally recognized leader in state land management, and already works with more than a dozen advisory groups to improve public access and recreational opportunities. House Bill 2013 places extraordinary cost and pressure on DCNR to allow private use of public land.

    The Pennsylvania Environmental Council has already expressed its opposition to this bill, and it is critical that all Pennsylvanians who care about our state lands have their voice heard.

    Thanks,

    Anthony Duncan
    Atlantic Region Director

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    This is all such a crime. That is why just ride where and when you want is a good motto. PA is a butthole of a state. Why care about the state when it has no regard for the public!
    LOVE THE RIDE!

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    Amusement parks at state parks...
    ...nuff said

    Ferris wheel anyone?

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    I think it is also a sign of how much the state (legislators) want income and how far they are willing to go get it.

    It's not just Luzerne county that has corrupt officials, IMO.

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    How about passing a bill that makes it legal to ride at night. No logical reason to ban people from public lands at night.

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