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Contact: Jennie Vasarhelyi, 440-546-5990
Brecksville, Ohio – Craig Kenkel, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP), First Ladies National Historic Site, and James A. Garfield National Historic Site, has been appointed Acting General Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA).
The position is a homecoming for Kenkel, who served previously as Superintendent of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, as well as Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Cultural Resources at GGNRA. Kenkel's 33-year career with the National Park Service includes extensive experience managing parks in urban areas.
Kenkel arrives December 22 and will serve until a new superintendent is selected and in place. "GGNRA is one of the country’s most dynamic and innovative parks," said Kenkel. "I have a huge admiration for its staff, partners, volunteers, and visitors, and I am excited to work with them during this time of leadership transition.
Cuyahoga Valley Deputy Superintendent Paul Stoehr will be the acting park Superintendent while Kenkel is in San Francisco.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) was established by Congress in 1972 as part of a movement known as "Parks to the People". The park has grown into one of the country's largest national park units in an urban area and includes under its management two additional units of the National Park Service: Fort Point National Historic Site and Muir Woods National Monument.
GGNRA spans three counties: Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. With nearly 20 million annual visitors, it is both an international destination and a local treasure for the 7 million people who call the Bay Area home.
The park includes world-renowned destinations such as Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, as well as many sites of regional and national importance, such as Crissy Field, the Presidio, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Fort Mason, Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Sweeney Ridge, and Mori Point.
About Cuyahoga Valley National Park
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.