Bizzarro joins in recognizing Pa. amusement parks, Waldameer Park and Water World in Erie County

HARRISBURG, June 8 – In an effort to help promote and recognize the economic and social benefits of Pennsylvania’s amusement and water parks, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, today voted to designate June 10 as Amusement Park Day in Pennsylvania.

The House unanimously adopted the resolution (H.R. 877) to recognize Pennsylvania’s 18 family theme parks and water parks that entertain more than 12 million visitors annually and support more than 16,000 jobs, including Waldameer Park and Water World in Erie County.

“From its beginnings as a popular family picnic area in the late 1800s to its thrill rides and giant wave pool today, Waldameer Park and Water World remains a treasure of the Erie community,” Bizzarro said. “Waldameer and all of Pennsylvania's theme parks are among the best vacation attractions for families and friends in the nation, and it is an honor to recognize their important contributions to our overall state economy and local communities.”

“Our parks have something to offer everyone. Whether you are looking for a leisurely stroll with family, heart-pounding thrill rides or fun in the water, Pennsylvania parks provide outstanding adventure, fun and memories to last a lifetime. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to get out and have some fun at our parks this summer,” Bizzarro added.  

In addition to Waldameer, H.R. 877 honored the long-established Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, Conneaut Lake Park, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Dutch Wonderland, Great Wolf Lodge, Hersheypark, Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Kennywood, Knoebels Amusement Resort, Lakemont Park and The Island Waterpark, Sesame Place and Split Rock Resort Indoor Waterpark.

Bizzarro said tourism is Pennsylvania’s leading industry, injecting nearly $40 billion annually into the economy and supporting 304,000 Pennsylvania jobs.