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08/26/2019

DCNR Names New Manager at Memorial Lake State Park Complex

Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Courtney Troutman, former assistant manager at Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, as manager of the Memorial Lake State Park Complex in Lebanon County.

"Since college graduation, Courtney has amassed a solid outdoors recreation and conservation background that included helping to manage three of our most heavily visited state parks in southeastern Pennsylvania," said Dunn. "She clearly enjoys working with people, and the public will enjoy working with this enthusiastic new manager."

Troutman will oversee Memorial Lake State Park's 230 acres near the base of Blue Mountain in East Hanover Township. The park is surrounded by Fort Indiantown Gap, headquarters for the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard. With two launching ramps and more than 50 overnight mooring slips, the 85-acre Memorial Lake is the focal point of the state park. 

The complex also includes the largely undeveloped Swatara State Park, a tract on the Lebanon-Schuylkill county border that offers more than 3,500 acres of rolling fields and woodlands bisected by Swatara Creek. Recreational opportunities at both parks include boating, fishing, walking trails, and picnic facilities. 

"Growing up personally and professionally in Pennsylvania state parks has left me passionate about them and believing in their mission, value and community," Troutman said. "With this appointment, I am proud and honored to have my dream come true. I look forward to working with park staff, volunteers and community in the continued development of Memorial Lake and Swatara state parks.

Having held several recreation-oriented positions with private resorts and Girl Scouts of America, Troutman joined the Bureau of State Parks in 2018, working as a manager trainee at Promised Land State Park, Pike County, and Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County. She then served as assistant state manager at Marsh Creek, Chester County; French Creek, Berks County; and, most recently, Nockamixon. 

A native of Millerstown, Perry County, Troutman, 27, succeeds Christopher Houck, who was named assistant manager at French Creek State Park. She holds a bachelor's degree in recreation, parks, and tourism management from The Pennsylvania State University. 

To learn more about Pennsylvania's 121 state parks visit the DCNR website

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