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​Penn’s Parks for All

It’s been 25 years since DCNR's Bureau of State Parks underwent its last strategic planning effort -- StateParks 2000 -- which has guided state park improvements, including:

  • The modernization of facilities
  • Expanding environmental education program offerings
  • Designating natural areas in parks to better protect sensitive or special natural resources

The goal of the new strategic planning process -- Penn’s Parks for All -- is to help guide Pennsylvania’s state park professionals in carrying out the important work of caring for the 121 state parks in our system for the next 25 years.

Preliminary Report

A series of surveys was conducted by Penn State in 2017 and 2018 to assess the attitudes and opinions of Pennsylvania state park visitors and the public regarding key issues affecting the future of the state parks.

The results of these surveys will help inform the Penn’s Parks for All
strategic plan -- guiding DCNR’s work for the next 25 years.

Presented in the Penn's Parks for All Preliminary Report (PDF) is a summary of results from the various surveys , along with proposed recommendations to guide the management of Pennsylvania state parks for the future.

We invite all Pennsylvanians to review this report and provide comments.

Comment on Preliminary Report Recommendations

Please review the survey findings and recommendations below to provide comments to help shape the final plan for the state park system.

More detailed background information can be found in the Penn's Parks for All Preliminary Report (PDF).

Comments about the report may also be mailed to:

PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
Bureau of State Parks
Planning Section
P.O. Box 8551
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551

Comments will be accepted until December 31, 2019.

Draft Recommendations and Online Comment Forms



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​1. Improving Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

​2. Expanding Overnight Accommodations

​3. Protecting the Parks’ Natural & Cultural Resources

​4. Paying for State Parks

5. ​Improving Services & Facilities