Parks Group Applauds Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for Denying the Application to Open a Casino Near Gettysburg National Military Park

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   April 14, 2011
Contact:   Alison Zemanski, National Parks Conservation Association, P: 202.454.3332 or C: 202.384.8762


Parks Group Applauds Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for Denying the Application to Open a Casino Near Gettysburg National Military Park

Statement by NPCA Pennsylvania Senior Program Manager Cinda Waldbuesser

“On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association, and our more than 16,000 Pennsylvania members, we would like to commend the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for their decision to deny the application for a license to open a casino within one-half mile from Gettysburg National Military Park.  The denial of this application represents the Board’s commitment to protecting one of our nation’s most sacred places.

“The Board’s decision shows that the public outcry by concerned Pennsylvania citizens was heard loud and clear.  As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, thankfully, the Board considered the damaging effects that the proposed casino would have on the historic charm of this national icon and the community.  After months of debate, the Board also agrees that a casino is at odds with the family friendly atmosphere of Gettysburg and with the sacred land on which so many gave their lives for our country.

“As the nation’s premier classroom for the American Civil War, Gettysburg National Military Park is already a strong economic engine for the area. In 2009, National Park Service data showed that park visitors spent more than $61 million at local businesses and supported almost 1,000 local jobs. The combination of Civil War preservation and the family-friendly nature of Adams County have created a proven, winning formula for the national park and its neighboring communities. 

“We praise the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for recognizing the importance of protecting the character of this national treasure and the memory of all those who fought during the battle at Gettysburg.  Gettysburg is a unique and compelling piece of our nation’s history that must be preserved and protected for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.”

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