Safety improvements and connectivity to Presque Isle State Park was at the forefront of an announcement today on park grounds.
Today, the Wolf administration announced changes to the Bayfront and Presque Isle as a result of the collaboration of three state departments. Three secretaries from three departments: the Department of Transportation, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Community and Economic Development, made the trip to Erie today. These groups spoke about why their departments are working together to increase safety and mobility in Presque Isle State Park and enhancing connections along the Bayfront, in terms of transportation, from downtown to Presque Isle.
Presque Isle is the state's most heavily visited park with an estimated 4 million visits a year, that's why the DCNR is working with PennDOT, beginning two initiatives this year, a multi-modal study within the park; as well as refining some concepts for projects along Erie's Bayfront Parkway.
Park leaders are excited about the announcement and for the future. "This comprehensive look at first concept and then planning and construction is huge because it will provide the platform for the park and its improvements for the next 50 years," says Matt Greene, Presque Isle State Park Operations Manager.
Presque Isle is currently working off of a master plan designed in 1957. Greene says this will help bring them up to speed to meet the needs of today's park visitors. Again, they are still in the preliminary phase, but park officials have identified the parks issues and what needs attention.
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