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Local Rec Authority Gets Praise From State

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn commended three Pennsylvania communities including Elizabethtown for their efforts to raise funds for local park improvements by engaging supporters online.

“For most Pennsylvanians, local parks serve as their primary location for outdoor recreation, so it’s a real priority of our statewide outdoor recreation plan to enhance close-to-home opportunities and provide innovative funding sources for local parks and recreation,” Dunn said on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation and Community Services, also known as GEARS, was among the agencies Dunn lauded. The others were the Centre Region Parks and Recreation Authority in Centre County, and Richland Township Parks and Recreation in Bucks County. All will take part in the National Recreation and Park Association Fund Your Park campaign.

Fund Your Park is an online platform coordinated by NRPA where communities can post exciting and innovative project for donors to fund. The three Pennsylvania projects are among 12 nationwide that will seek donations for a period of 30 days.

GEARS is seeking donations for a new playground at the Poplar Street Park, Elizabethtown, geared towards 2-to-5 year olds. The fundraising goal is $5,000.

“Local parks are healthful touchstones for their communities,” said Tim Herd, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society. “It’s there we connect nature and neighborhoods for our own personal, social, environmental and economic wellbeing. Investment in these community assets is always rewarding.”

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