Locals celebrate 125th anniversary of PA’s State Parks and Forests

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People around the commonwealth spent this week celebrating what Pennsylvania’s natural lands have to offer during the 125th anniversary of PA’s State Parks and Forests. 

The PA Parks and Forests Foundation encourages all people in the state to celebrating Pennsylvania’s natural landscapes was the mission during the celebration this week.  In fact, Governor Wolf declared May 23rd to May 30th as Pennsylvania State Park and Forest Week.  

Nick Scott of Scott Enterprises says, “125 years is a wonderful history there,  it just keeps getting better and better and with all the guarded beaches and all the things we have now at the [Tom] Ridge [Environmental] Center… it becomes a regional attraction.”

Locals like Nick Scott and his wife Kim tell us what they love about Erie’s very own Presque Isle State Park.  Kim says, “I think it’s a wonderful thing that everybody is celebrating because some of our state parks have been destroyed or used for homes… but at least they are preserved for state parks.”

Erie Resident Alexandria Batuski says, “It’s like a gem in the middle of the city, it’s a paradise”.  Batuski says she visits Presque Isle often to do a lot of activities, “We kayak a lot and just drive around, just feeling the breeze in your hair is really nice”.

Danielle Hiles spends her time at Presque Isle rollerblading with her children in tow.  “Bring yourself, your family, anyone down here, it’s a lot of fun and the sun is great.”

But, Presque Isle isn’t the only natural resource in our area.  You can enjoy other parks in the area like the Erie Bluffs State Park and Pymatuning State Park.

Although PA’s Park and Forests Week is over, that’s not stopping people celebrating what Presque Isle has to offer.  

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