Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Jennifer Park, former assistant manager at Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, as manager of Washington Crossing Historic park, also in Bucks County.
"A true 'people person,' Jennifer is a natural fit for this position at a heavily visited park where historical outreach and educational programs are emphasized," Dunn said. "Honing her managerial and resource skills at Nockamixon, one of our larger state parks, Jen can only add to the visitor experience at Washington Crossing."
The new manager oversees the newest of Pennsylvania's state parks, which was transferred to DCNR from the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC) in early 2016. A National Historic Landmark, rich with historic buildings and sites, the 500-acre park lies along the Delaware River and is within Delaware Canal State Park.
Recreational opportunities include river access for boating, fishing, walking trails, and pavilions for picnicking. The park provides historical and environmental education programs, as well as hosting special events and reenactments.
In her new position, Park will work closely with many volunteer and stakeholder groups, including the Friends of Washington Crossing Historic Park, which currently operates the visitor center; and Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, which is included on the property.
"I am proud and honored to have the opportunity to continue fostering community partnerships with the incredibly dedicated and award-winning members of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park at DCNR's newest state park," the new manager said. "I look forward to working with this amazing group that has tirelessly dedicated its efforts to preserving history and educating and inspiring park visitors for years to come."
A self-proclaimed "state parks kid," Park began her career in 2006 as an intern with the nonprofit Moraine Preservation Fund at Moraine State Park, Butler County. She joined the Bureau of State Parks in 2008 as an environmental education specialist at Chapman State Park, Warren County, later moving to the bureau's Harrisburg headquarters where she worked as a park manager overseeing statewide concession, radio, and other park programs. In 2012, Park was promoted to assistant manager at Nockamixon, where she oversaw ranger, environmental education, concession, and marina programs.
A native of Fredonia, Mercer County, Park, 34, succeeds George Calaba, who was named manager of Delaware Canal State Park. She holds a bachelor's degree in park and resource management from Slippery Rock State University of Pennsylvania.
To learn more about Pennsylvania's 121 state parks visit the DCNR website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-2225
# # #