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Penn’s Park’s report released, Chapman Park meeting set

After two years of public input, the Penn’s Parks for All preliminary report has been released.

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources released the report, part of a strategic planning process, on Friday.

“Thousands commented on what they like, dislike, and hope to see someday in their state parks,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “This information shaped recommendations that will help in the creation of a strategic plan to ensure the Pennsylvania state park system remains as relevant and valuable to future generations as it has been to current and past generations.”

The report is not final and the department is looking for more comments.

“As part of an effort to stimulate and encourage public input in this effort, I am requesting all park and park complex managers to schedule public informational meetings before mid-December,” Bureau of State Parks Director John Hallas said. “This will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the preliminary report and how to provide comment through the bureau’s website.”

Chapman State Park’s meeting is on the calendar.

That meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Warren Public Library’s Slater Room.

“In a continuing attempt to gain public feedback, Chapman State Park and other parks across the state will be scheduling public meetings,” Chapman Park Manager Tyson Martin said. “The meeting is an opportunity for citizens to learn what the last strategic plan led to at Chapman, how their voices can be heard for the current effort, and to hear a recap of the recent dam rehabilitation, land acquisition, and other improvements at Chapman.”

The final report is scheduled to be released in summer 2020.

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