|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||May 17, 2006|
Cinda M. Waldbuesser, NPCA, 215-327-2529
Parks Group Opposes Proposal to Build Casino Near Gettysburg
Statement by NPCA Pennsylvania Program Manager Cinda Waldbuesser:
“NPCA is concerned that constructing and marketing a casino would conflict with and detract from Gettysburg’s unique and compelling history, and its proven economic engine¾heritage tourism.
Gettysburg National Military Park is already a strong economic engine for the area. As the nation’s premier classroom on the American Civil War, Gettysburg National Military Park attracts more than two million people each year. In 2003, park visitors spent more than $92 million at local businesses and supported 2,852 local jobs. The combination of Civil War preservation and the family friendly nature of Adams County have created a proven, winning formula for the park and its neighboring communities.
Gettysburg is a unique family friendly town that allows children and adults to learn about a time in our history that shaped who we are today. A casino seems at odds with this atmosphere and with the sacred nature of the land on which so many gave their life for our country.”