HOLTWOOD, Pa. (AP) – A power company has agreed to give a popular Pennsylvania park to a nature conservancy after getting zapped for closing it in the spring.
In late April, Talen Energy of Allentown booted the public from Holtwood Picnic & Recreation Area, a 400-acre tract in a rural farming area in Lancaster County that had served the public for at least 50 years.
After it sold a nearby hydroelectric plant, Talen was no longer required to provide the public with recreational opportunities.
Residents complained the company gave zero notice of the closure.
A spokesman says Talen recently reached a deal to donate 200 acres to the Lancaster County Conservancy by the end of the year.
Access to a popular trailhead reopened in July. The park remains closed while details are worked out.