Grants to Repair Pennsylvania Park Left Unused
Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County has $150,000 in two state grants to make upgrades at the campground at Moon Lake Park, according to the Wilkes Bare Times-Leader. But don’t expect work to begin anytime soon to renovate and reopen the park for all its activities because a portion of this money, which was received more than two years ago, has been left unused that entire time.
The grants from state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which were awarded in December 2007 and November 2008, were supposed to be used to renovate and prepare a 10-year master site development plan for the 650-acre park.
Former Park Director Clif Madrack said the county actually has $300,000 to make improvements to the park because these grants were awarded based on a 50-50 match requiring the county to also contribute $150,000. He said the county set money aside from bond revenue.
Madrack explained that renovation plans included:
- Installing electricity at some more campgrounds.
- Replacing the rusting fencing around the pool.
- Resurfacing the severely cracked paved asphalt basketball and tennis courts.
- Building a new concession stand.
- Making campsites comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
- Replacing rotten wood signs throughout the park.
- Landscaping to improve the aesthetics of the park’s entrance.
In an unrelated matter, as a means of raising revenue and providing funds to operate the park, the commissioners are exploring the possibility of a lease with a natural gas company. But many people object to drilling at the park, including local Sierra Club members who believe leasing Moon Lake could violate state and county laws.