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Contact: Nathan Hale Sargent, 415-561-4732SAN FRANCISCO -- Craig Kenkel, Superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 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 arrives in mid-December, following the departure of Aaron Roth, who was named Associate Regional Director for Facilities and Lands for the National Park Service Intermountain Region.
"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 return as the National Park Service heads into its next century."
Kenkel's 33-year career with the National Park Service includes extensive experience managing parks in urban areas.
Cuyahoga Valley is a 33,000-acre park in northeast Ohio. The park provides diverse visitor opportunities for outdoor recreation, history, arts, and culture in a region home to millions of people. Three park partners—the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Countryside Conservancy and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad—collaborate with NPS to achieve the park's operational and strategic purposes.
In his role as Cuyahoga Valley Superintendent, Kenkel also serves as superintendent of James A. Garfield National Historic Site and First Ladies National Historic Site.
Kenkel has an architecture degree from Iowa State University.
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 the Crissy Field, the Presidio, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Fort Mason, Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Sweeney Ridge, and Mori Point.