Pittsburgh City Council is considering a proposal to allow youth groups to camp recreationally in city parks.
Councilor Bobby Wilson, who sponsored the measure, said he worked with the Outdoor Inclusion Coalition to introduce the law.
“In Riverview Park on the North Side, these organizations plan to open a Gear Lending Library so families and children who live near this great regional park but don’t have access to hiking and camping gear can check out the supplies they need to go outside. ‘ said Wilson.
“Access to backpacks, sleeping bags and tents will improve physical and mental health and build a stronger and more diverse outdoor community,” he added.
Wilson represents the area where Riverview Park is located.
“The first step into nature was the introduction of a bill that would allow camping in our city’s major parks,” he said.
The measure would direct the Parks and Recreation Department to develop regulations and guidelines for camping in the parks.
“Camping is a unique experience that can create a life-changing connection with nature,” said Kathryn Vargas, director of Parks and Recreation. “By offering this experience in our own backyard, we are expanding access to quality outdoor recreation for all young people living in the city of Pittsburgh.”
The measure was introduced to the city council on Monday without discussion. It could be ready for a pre-vote as early as next week, with a final vote as early as the following week.
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