Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Alexa Rose as manager of the Ridley Creek State Park Complex, based in Delaware County. Rose is the former assistant manager at Marsh Creek State Park, Chester County.
"Having honed her managerial and public relations skills at the always-busy Marsh Creek, Alexa is a natural selection to head yet another popular park in southeastern Pennsylvania," Dunn said. "Her presence can only improve the visitor experience at the Ridley Creek State Park Complex."
Rose will lead operations at the historic 2,606-acre Ridley Creek State Park near Edgemont, in Middletown and Upper Providence townships. Located 16 miles from center city Philadelphia, the park is a very popular public wedding venue encompassing remains of an historic 18th century village; working Colonial-style farm; and stables and pastures reflecting a rich equestrian history.
The new park manager also will oversee operations at White Clay Creek Preserve in lower Chester County. Because of its outstanding scenic, wildlife, recreational and cultural value, White Clay Creek has been designated by Congress as a National Wild and Scenic River.
"Growing up, my family spent many weekends in Pennsylvania state parks, and they shaped some of my most cherished memories. As my family grows, I look forward to making new memories and affording that opportunity to park visitors at the Ridley Creek Complex," Rose said. "My family is so excited for this new opportunity. The Ridley Creek State Park Complex is a unique operation with lots of interesting aspects. I'm looking forward to moving to the area and getting my feet wet with all that there is to offer."
Rose succeeds Phillip Schmidt, who was named manager at Tyler State Park, Bucks County.
Rose began her Bureau of State Parks career as a ranger in 2013 at Caledonia State Park, Franklin County. She entered the manager trainee program in 2015 at the bureau's Region 4, based in Bucks County, and was assigned Marsh Creek assistant park manager in 2017.
A native of Shippensburg, Franklin County, Rose, 30, holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife conservation from Juniata College. She and husband Shawn are the parents of 17-month-old daughter, Catherine.
For more information on the Ridley Creek State Park Complex call 1-888-PA-PARKS from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday, or visit the Ridley Creek State Park webpage.
MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-877-6315