New Region 5 Manager Named
Arkansas State Parks Names New Region 5 Manager
First Woman to Fill this Position in ASP History
(Little Rock, AR) February 12, 2018
A long time career veteran with Arkansas State Parks is the new region 5 manager. Becky Bariola is the first woman to ever hold this position in ASP history. As a regional manager, Bariola joins the ranks of five individuals in the system who provide leadership for multiple state parks. Bariola’s position is unique, in that she also oversees the newest property to come under the umbrella of Arkansas State Parks – War Memorial Stadium. Regional Managers provide the needed resources to park staff so they can provide guest services intended to create an atmosphere worthy of memories that will last a lifetime.
“Over the last 31 years, I have witnessed Becky Bariola’s leadership and passion as a member of the Arkansas State Park management team,” said Operations Manager Mike Wilson. “She possesses the knowledge and skills required to guide and improve lodging, restaurant and stadium operations and ensure they are remain mission-based.”
Bariola started with Arkansas State Parks in 1982 as a seasonal desk clerk at Lake Chicot State Park while attending Northeast Louisiana University. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Wildlife Conservation and Management, she went to DeGray Lake Resort State Park as a seasonal park interpreter. In 1990 Bariola was selected for the superintendent program and has 26 years in park management. She served as assistant superintendent at Lake Fort Smith and Queen Wilhelmina State Parks and was then promoted to superintendent at QWSP. In 2006 Bariola became Mount Magazine State Park superintendent and has worked in that position until this most recent advancement.
“I grew up with Lake Chicot State Park as my playground and fell in love with Arkansas State Parks and the uniqueness of each one,” said Bariola. “Once I experienced other parks, I was drawn to the lodges and the opportunities they provide for our visitors. I am amazed with the resources and beauty of these parks each time a visit them. I look forward to supporting the outstanding teams at the five lodge parks and War Memorial Stadium.”
With 8 million visitors a year to Arkansas State Parks, the position of a regional supervisor is a vital one. Bariola will be accountable for 400 employees at 5 state parks and War Memorial Stadium. She has been entrusted with thousands of parks visitors being safe and having fun.
About Arkansas State Parks
Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,400 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities and unique historic and cultural resources. The system includes 1,100 buildings (including 183 historic structures), six National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark and 16 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
The state parks have 1,800 camp sites, 1,050 picnic sites, 208 cabins, five lodges, and 415 miles of trails. Eight million visitors annually come from all regions of the country. Park staffs provide over 42,000 education programs, activities and special events to more than 700,000 participants each year.
Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism, and provide leadership in resource conservation.