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Historic Washington State Park Names New Superintendent

LITTLE ROCK-Brandon Owen has been selected as the park superintendent for Historic Washington State Park according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. As superintendent, Brandon Owen, who has served as the Assistant Park Superintendent for Historic Washington State Park at Washington since 2011, will be responsible for all operations at the Park.
“Brandon has prepared himself to manage Historic Washington State Park,” said Arkansas States Park Director Greg Butts. “Brandon has 15 years of administration and management experience in the Arkansas State Park system. He has been working at Historic Washington State Park the past year as Assistant Park Superintendent. Prior to his responsibilities at Historic Washington State Park, Brandon was Assistant Superintendent at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, Assistant Superintendent at Historic Washington State Park, and a park ranger at Historic Washington State Park.”
Butts noted that “Superintendent Owen's training, talents, state park related experience and skills will benefit him in his new responsibilities.”
Owen said “This is a great privilege and opportunity to better serve Historic Washington State Park, its staff, and park visitors. I'm very fortunate to have such a talented team and organization to work for.”
Superintendent Owen is a certified commissioned law enforcement officer.
Butts also noted, “Superintendent Owen's 15 years of experience with Arkansas State Parks have prepared him well for his responsibilities at Historic Washington State Park. Superintendent Owen has completed numerous department training programs and workshops that will benefit him in his new position.”
Historic Washington State Park is one of the 52 state parks managed by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Located in Hempstead County at Washington, Historic Washington State Park was the winner of the 2009-2010 Region IV Park of the Year, and Overall Park of the year award. Established in 1973, the park is a National Historic Landmark and contains over 30 restored historic structures, including the 1874 Courthouse, 1836 Courthouse, Blacksmith Shop, Weapons Museum, 1832 Williams Tavern Restaurant, and the Texarkana College/Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing. Park staff provides diverse tours and educational programs for all ages.
For further information, contact: Greg Butts, director, Arkansas State Parks, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. Phone: (501) 682-7743. E-mail: