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06/25/2020

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Cowans Gap State Park Complex

​Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Jennifer Park as manager of Cowans Gap State Park Complex, based in Fulton County.

Park is the former manager at Washington Crossing Historic Park, Bucks County.

“Cowans Gap is gaining a skilled administrator whose management background and public relations skills were valued highly in her past assignment,” said Dunn. “Jennifer’s qualifications are an excellent match for one of our more popular parks where lake-based recreation draws more than 440,000 visitors a year to Cowans Gap.”

Surrounded by Buchanan State Forest, Cowans Gap’s 1,085 acres are nestled in the Allens Valley area of Fulton County.

Its 42-acre lake supports fishing, boating, and other water-based activities. Visitors also are drawn to its large campground, rustic cabins, and network of hiking trails.

The complex also includes nearby Buchanan's Birthplace State Park, an 18.5-acre park near Cove Gap, Franklin County, that marks the 1791 birth of James Buchanan Jr., the United States’ 15th president.

The park is on Route 16, along Tuscarora Mountain.

“As a child, some of my most cherished memories were made with my family at Pennsylvania’s state parks,” Park said. “I carried those memories with me and it sparked a passion to protect these special places and to do my part to help facilitate those same types of experiences for generations to come. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity and privilege to manage the Cowans Gap park complex and to oversee the places where families will gather and create their own special memories.”

Park succeeds Ken Gwin, who retired.

Park began her Bureau of State Parks career in 2008 as an environmental education specialist at Chapman State Park, Warren County.

After overseeing concession and radio programs at bureau headquarters in Harrisburg, she was assigned in 2012 assistant park manager at Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County.

Seven years later she assumed the manager’s post at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Park, 35, is a native of Fredonia, Mercer County. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock State University of Pennsylvania where she majored in park and resource management and environmental geosciences.

For more information on Cowans Gap State Park, call 1-888-PA-PARKS, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Saturday.

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-877-6315

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