Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Mark Scarpitti as manager of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, Mercer County. Scarpitti is the former assistant manager at Hickory Run State Park, Carbon County.
“Mark has honed his managerial and public relations skills while serving at some of our busiest and most popular state parks,” Dunn said. “Personable and outgoing, he will help ensure a valued experience for Maurice K. Goddard visitors.”
As the new manager at Goddard, Scarpitti oversees a 2,856-acre tract featuring the 1,680-acre Lake Wilhelm, which is very popular with anglers and boaters.
The park’s multi-purpose trail and many recreational activities attract visitors in all seasons to the park, named in honor of the late Maurice K. Goddard, a secretary of the former Pennsylvania Department of Forests and Waters who oversaw the creation of more than 40 state parks.
The park’s large lake, abundant wetlands, old fields, and mature forests provide a diversity of habitat for wildlife, especially waterfowl, eagles and osprey.
Located off Route 79, the park is adjacent to state game lands.
“It’s humbling to have the opportunity to work in a park that not only reflects the legacies and the work of individuals like Doc Goddard and John C. Oliver,” Scarpitti said, “but it also is a park that stands as a testament to the partners and the communities that support Pennsylvania state parks throughout the state.”
Scarpitti succeeds William Wasser, who retired.
The new manager began his Bureau of State Parks career working as a ranger at the Moraine State Park Complex, based in Butler County.
He served as a manager trainee with the Bureau’s Region 3 before accepting the assistant manager post at Hickory Run.
A native of Edinboro, Erie County, Scarpitti, 37, holds bachelor’s degrees in recreation and park management and secondary education from the Pennsylvania State University.
He and his wife are parents of a 2-year-old daughter.
For more information on Maurice K. Goddard 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