Outdoor Recreation Idea of the Day, December 16, 2010

What Works: Shuttle Service to the National Recreation Area

December 16, 2010 (Washington, DC) - East Stroudsburg-area Pennsylvanians enjoyed easy access to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (NRA) on Saturdays this fall.

The National Park Service and the Monroe County Transit Authority teamed up to provide free "Pocono Pony" shuttle buses to the park -- buses that included a park ranger on board who could suggest places to go in the NRA or simply answered questions.

“Enjoy the fall weather by taking a hike on one of our many trails, spend a day at the beach, pack a picnic or go fishing, visit Pocono Environmental Education Center and attend one of their many programs, or bring your bike and take a ride on the McDade Trail,” suggested NRA Superintendent John Donahue.

Funding for the buses, which could tote bicycles as well, came from the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in the Parks Program. The shuttles from East Stroudsburg ran to several locations within the park starting on September 25 and continued each Saturday through October 30. Schedules and route information can be found at the Monroe County Transit Authority website at www.gomcta.com/schedules.htm.

Information about Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area upcoming events and programs is available on the park’s website (www.nps.gov/dewa).

Thanks to the DWGNRA park leadership and the Paul Sarbanes Transit in the Parks program for making this possible -- and to the National Parks Traveler (www.nationalparkstraveler.com) for highlighting this news.

Idea of the Day is inspired by the President's America's Great Outdoors Initiative to connect Americans to the outdoors and its IdeaJam blog. ARC’s submissions to the blog can be found if you click here. Additional ideas that have been submitted to IdeaJam can be found in our September 2010 newsletter, which is here.