Dallas – Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) offered the following remarks at today’s announcement of plans to transfer ownership of Moon Lake Park to the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:
This place is a considerable asset, natural and recreational. The lake. The habitat. The woods. The wetlands. The wildlife. The trails. The boating. The vantage points. Over the years, there has been a lot of effort and investment and partnership devoted to preserving the park and creating opportunities for public use and enjoyment.
Today, we begin to see a welcome turnaround in the future of the park. The story will again be about the ways in which the park provides for appreciation of diverse and appealing natural resources, rather than a sad tale of physical decline and the loss of what once was.
There is more involved than just local impacts. There is contribution to a broader community interest, with some of the planned improvements constituting another step toward upgrading the Susquehanna River Basin and the Chesapeake Bay.
It does not seem often enough that state government warrants praise for engaging cooperatively and constructively, for acting wisely and promptly to solve a problem, for decisively moving past legal and financial obstacles, all to better serve the public interest. The outcome here is commendable and worthy of recognition.
This is a place to be treasured, protected, maintained, and improved. This new operating arrangement enables those things to happen. As such, it is a wonderful demonstration of the politics of the possible.
I would like to offer a special thanks to Secretary Ellen Ferretti for her commitment to this project and to our community.