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Enhance Penn’s Woods brings comfort and convenience to state park overnight facilities
Options for an overnight adventure at one of Pennsylvania’s State Parks are expanding once again. The Bureau of State Parks is applying Enhance Penn’s Woods funding toward improvements at many of our overnight facilities. Parks are working to renovate existing campgrounds, cabins, cottages, and yurts. Renovations at existing campsites include installation of electric service, water lines, and resizing, re-grading and application of new camping pad surface materials.

The Bureau is also using the funds to build additional camping cottages and to develop full service campsites. These improvements are designed to accommodate change in visitor preferences and reach out to the new generation of campers. Recent studies of outdoor recreation trends indicate that one in twelve U.S. households own a RV or other towable camper and the number is expanding despite changes in gas prices. In an effort to provide for the needs of RV campers, many parks are working to redesign camping loops to include full service resources (at-site water, electric, and sewer). As of October 2014, accommodations for 73 full service sites have been installed at nine state parks. Eleven parks are actively installing full service receptacles.

For additional information about overnight accommodations visit here.

Enhance Penn’s Woods is a 2-year, more than 200 million dollar effort to repair and upgrade our natural treasures. The department estimates about 200 projects will be covered under the 2-year investment that will include road, dam, bridge and other infrastructure repair, public access improvement projects and key land acquisitions.

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October 15, 2014

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