Ralph Donnangelo Named Park Superintendent For Lake Fort Smith State Park

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Greg Butts
(501) 682-7743

Ralph Donnangelo Named Park Superintendent
For Lake Fort Smith State Park

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
State Parks Division

LITTLE ROCK-Ralph Donnangelo has been selected as the park superintendent for Lake Fort Smith State Park according to State Parks Director Greg Butts. As superintendent, Ralph Donnangelo, who has served as the Chief Ranger for Arkansas State Parks since 2006, will be responsible for all operations at the park.
 
“Ralph has prepared himself to manage Lake Fort Smith State Park,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts. “Ralph is a knowledgeable park professional with 32 years’ experience in the Arkansas State Park system (ASP). He has been the Chief Ranger for Arkansas State Parks for the past 6 years. Prior to becoming Chief Ranger Donnangelo worked seven years as a Park Ranger and 17 years as Assistant Park Superintendent for Lake Dardanelle State Park.”
 
Butts noted, “Superintendent Donnangelo’s diverse management and law enforcement training, experience and skills will benefit him in his new responsibilities as park superintendent. Ralph is a proven leader and communicator and he is ready to assume his new duties." Superintendent Donnangelo has completed 69 park management related training courses and workshops spanning his 32 year career with ASP.
 
Donnangelo said “I look forward to the many opportunities to serve the Department, park guests and the area communities in this new capacity.”
A native of Miami, Florida, Superintendent Donnangelo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks Administration from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, Arkansas in 1983. He graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and is a certified and commissioned law enforcement officer, a licensed waste water treatment plant operator, and emergency medical technician and certified first responder.
 
Lake Fort Smith State Park is one of the 52 state parks managed by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Located near Mountainburg in Crawford County, the park offers outdoor activities including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and hiking trails. Other facilities include ten newly constructed cabins, two group lodges with kitchenettes and dining hall, picnic sites, pavilion, swimming pool, boat launch ramp, marina with boat rentals, interpretive programs and a visitor center with exhibits and meeting room.
 
For further information, contact: Greg Butts, director, Arkansas State Parks, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. Phone: (501) 682-7743. E-mail: greg.butts@arkansas.gov
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