I'm writing in defense of Pennsylvania's great park system. Our numerous state and local parks are incredibly valuable to Pennsylvanians. For example, the local Grove Community Park in Flemington is known for its great playground and its use for other recreational activities, such as an annual Easter egg hunt.
I'm writing to voice my disappointment with efforts underway in Harrisburg, proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett, to dissolve funding for one of Pennsylvania's great conservation programs, the Keystone Fund.
It is one of the state's most important programs when it comes to restoring and protecting parks and other critical outdoor areas all over Pennsylvania. For example, it is allowing for a great deal of development, including a pedestrian walkway, new play equipment, in nearby Grove Community Park within the next few years, enhancing and supporting people's enjoyment of this lovely park.
After decades of saving the places that make Pennsylvania great, it's time for everyday Pennsylvanians to save the Keystone Fund. I hope that people who enjoy our great outdoors will call and write to our local politicians and make sure that they will do whatever is necessary to protect the Keystone Fund, before the final budget passes.
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Kyra Reumann-Moore is an intern at Penn Environment, a statewide, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organization with roughly 80,000 members and activists, including many in Clinton County.