PPL Donates $10K to Pocono Mountains Visitors Center


Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center Receives Funds

Pocono Mountains, PA – The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) is proud to announce that it has received a donation of $10,000 from PPL Corporation.  The funds were donated to the PMVB (www.800poconos.com) for use at its newest visitors center, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, located on Route 6 in Palmyra Township, Pike County.

“We are very grateful to PPL Corporation for the generous donation and continued support of tourism and in particular, the Lake Region of the Pocono Mountains,” said Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the PMVB.

The funds will be used for the production of 10,000 trail maps for the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail, extending from the Tafton Dike to the Dam, and the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail, which starts at the Dam and travels between the water pipeline and old creek bed.  In addition, the landscaping will be updated in spring 2011, outdoor lighting will be installed for the main sign along Route 6 and an interior fish display will be erected representing eight major fish species found in Lake Wallenpaupack.

“PPL believes in corporate citizenship and has supported community programs in the Lake Region for more than 80 years,” said Paul Canevari, PPL community relations director for the Pocono Region.  “We appreciate the importance of Lake Wallenpaupack to the region’s economy and the commitment of the PMVB to support the local tourism industry.”

The Visitors Center is a partnership of the PMVB, Palmyra Township, Pike County and the Hawley-Lake Wallenpaupack (HLW) Chamber of Commerce.  PPL Corporation played a significant role in making the center a reality by donating 10 acres of land to the township, which includes the footprint of the center and The Palmyra Township Public Beach.

Positioned along the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack, this 5,300-square foot building opened in April 2009.  The PMVB’s Visitors Center certified Brand Ambassadors assist both local residents and visitors with immediate tourism information including referrals, reservations, directions and brochures.  A complete collection of current information on a variety of activities, attractions, dining and lodging options is available in addition to displays and exhibits interpreting not only the Lake Region of the Pocono Mountains, but also the surrounding communities.

About the Pocono Mountains

With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers.  Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 185 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities.  This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains.

Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).  Follow @PoconoTourism on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information.  Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization.  The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.