Presque Isle celebrates 100 years, announces net-zero initiatives | Tuesday Morning Coffee

‘This plan will set a path for another 100 years of recreation,’ DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said

September 21, 2021 6:30 am

Wolf Administration officials today joined local and business officials at Presque Isle State Park to unveil plans to improve traffic flow, facilities and mobility within the park, as well as enhanced connections to and along the Erie Bayfront. (Commonwealth Media Services photo).

Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

As a northwestern Pennsylvania state park celebrates its centennial, state officials announced the park’s new climate and sustainability plan, and it’s intent to reach net-zero energy consumption.

The plan for Presque Isle State Park, which includes improvements such as shoreline enhancements and modifications to the park’s wastewater system, was announced Monday by Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn.

“I could not be more pleased to make this announcement today as this beautiful park celebrates its 100th year of operation,” Dunn said. “This plan will set a path for another 100 years of recreation, education and positive experiences at Presque Isle through adaptation, good stewardship and actively working for greener solutions. I thank DCNR’s Bureau of Facility Construction and Design Team, Presque Isle State Park staff, regional staff, our sustainability team and everyone who had a hand in making this announcement possible.”

According to a statement from DCNR, the park will add, among other things, a 280kW solar array over its Beach 8 parking lot, which will take the park to net-zero energy consumption, and reduce the park’s carbon footprint by 211,000 pounds per year. 

DCNR estimates that the solar array will save the agency $30,000 in electricity each year. 

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“These improvements have and will continue to make this park a safer, more environmentally friendly place to visit and that will have an impact for decades to come,” Presque Isle State Park Manager Matt Greene said. “This already is one of the top destinations in the region and we are hopeful the improvements will reduce interruptions to visitors from issues caused by climate change.”

Greene isn’t wrong about the park’s popularity.

In 2019, Presque Isle State Park was the most popular of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, logging more than 3.7 million visitors.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.