News for Immediate Release
July 14, 2014
Harrisburg - The Pennsylvania Historical and
Museum Commission (PHMC) today released the master plan for Washington Crossing
Historic Park. The master plan focuses on land management, identifying the best
and highest use of the parkland and defining physical improvements that will
support the vitality and long-term sustainability of the park.
and the recommendations were developed with the following guiding principles:
and activities within the park shall promote PHMC values and vision
sustainable land use.
uses compatible with existing historic construction and natural
partnerships to assure economic sustainability.
areas shall enhance the interpretive and educational mission and
surrounding areas shall protect critical viewsheds.
encourages active park use by other entities, consistent with PHMC’s
mission, objectives and protective guidelines.
alterations/additions shall enhance PHMC’s interpretive mission and shall
be consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Treatment
of Historic Properties.
shall undertake or work with others to adopt a new strategic plan for
financial sustainability through collaboration, partnership and
was prepared by Marianna Thomas Architects, Philadelphia, in association with
Toole Recreation Planning, Doylestown and Viridian Landscape Studio,
Philadelphia. It involved over 700 stakeholders including park users, elected
officials, local businesses, park neighbors, other historic organizations and
plan, including an executive summary, background, recommendations and next
steps, is available online at www.phmc.state.pa.us.
Crossing Historic Park, one of 25 historic sites and museums along the
Pennsylvania Trails of History®, is administered by PHMC in partnership with the
Friends of Washington Crossing Park.
established by the commonwealth in 1917, commemorates Gen. George Washington
leading his troops across the icy river for a surprise attack on Hessian troops
at Trenton, N.J., on December 25, 1776. The victory reinvigorated American
forces. Since its creation the park has grown to encompass 500 acres and more
than 40 buildings.
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the official history agency of
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
the PHMC online at: www.phmc.state.pa.us.
Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639