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Pa. Lawmakers Reject Bill to Open State Parks to Private Development

June 28, 2016Bay Journal

The Pennsylvania House soundly rejected Tuesday legislation that could have led to state parks with privately developed and run hotels and even amusement parks. The proposal failed on a 77-123 vote, despite the sponsor offering a significantly watered down version of...

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House Rejects Plan to Study, Pilot Plan to Commercialize State Parks

June 28, 2016Penn Live

The state House on Tuesday rejected a a bill that would encourage privately operated recreational and hospitality development in state parks amid fears it would destroy the natural beauty of these 121 public-owned facilities scattered across 61 of Pennsylvania’s 67...

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Should Pennsylvania Allow Water Parks, Golf Courses in State Parks?

June 28, 2016Philly Voice

New Legislation could allow Pennsylvania’s state parks to look more like vacation resorts. House Bill 2013 would pave the way for more private development in state parks. That includes hotels, restaurants, golf courses, amusement and water parks, swimming pools and...

Pa. Legislators Want to Put Golf Courses, Water Slides in State Parks
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Pa. Legislators Want to Put Golf Courses, Water Slides in State Parks

June 27, 2016Philadelphia Magazine

Two state representatives want to give Pennsylvania’s parks a makeover. Pa. Representatives Brian Ellis and Jim Christiana are supporting bills that would allow for Pennsylvania’s award-winning state parks to open up to private golf courses, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks and water slides, among...

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House Panel Revives Park Development Idea

June 27, 2016The Citizens' Voice

HARRISBURG — House lawmakers are reviving the idea of allowing private developers to build amenities like resort lodges, marinas and golf courses in selected state parks. This idea has been debated on and off in Harrisburg since the 1990s. A...

Proposals Would Open State Parks to Golf, Water Slides, and Hotels
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Proposals Would Open State Parks to Golf, Water Slides, and Hotels

June 22, 2016Pittsbirgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s award-winning parks could be better if golf courses, hotels. inns, restaurants, amusement parks, water slides and other outdoor sports facilities were available inside the parks, according to two Republican state representatives who have introduced legislation that would open the...

Experience the 2016 PEC Environment Ride
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Experience the 2016 PEC Environment Ride

June 15, 2016

In what has now become a summer tradition, PEC hosted the sixth annual Environment Ride from June 3-5. Participants spent the weekend biking through the scenic trails of Southeast Pennsylvania, showcasing the beauty of Doylestown, Bethlehem, and Northern Bucks County...

Partners break ground on mountain bike trail around Quemahoning Lake
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Partners break ground on mountain bike trail around Quemahoning Lake

May 20, 2016The Tribune-Democrat

If May 2017 brings the region another breezy Friday of sunshine and temperatures just under 70 degrees, visitors to Quemahoning Lake should have another vantage point to take in the views: a bicycle seat. Partners in a proposed 17-mile mountain-bike...