Frank Young Named Deputy Superintendent of Rock Creek Park
WASHINGTON – Superintendent Tara Morrison is pleased to announce the selection of Frank Young as the deputy superintendent of Rock Creek Park. In this role, Young will oversee the day-to-day operations of Rock Creek Park and supervise numerous park projects and programs. Young is a veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) with nearly 27 years of experience working in national parks in Washington. He begins his new assignment in mid-December.
“We are excited to have Frank join the staff at Rock Creek Park and look forward to working with him as we prepare to celebrate the park’s 125th anniversary in 2015,” Superintendent Tara Morrison said. “His skill set is a great fit for our team because he has a proven track record of working with park staff, District of Columbia agencies, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions and local organizations to ensure that the National Park Service serves as a good neighbor. Frank is a manager who demonstrates a commitment to resource management and collaborates with others to achieve shared goals.”
Young is currently the acting deputy superintendent of National Capital Parks-East, where he served for the last 18 years. Prior to his post as acting deputy superintendent, Young was the park's chief of maintenance. He has extensive experience in resource protection and management, park operations and community engagement. During his NPS career he has worked as a facility management specialist, maintenance mechanic leader and a maintenance mechanic.
Prior to joining the NPS, Young served as a utility system repair operator for the Smithsonian Institution at the National Museum of African Art and the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
“I'm extremely excited and appreciative of being selected as the deputy superintendent of Rock Creek Park, a place that I have frequented since my youth,” Young said. “Like many Washingtonians, I feel a personal connection to Rock Creek Park and becoming part of its management team is a wonderful new opportunity for me to apply almost 27 years of skills and experience to protecting this historic, scenic and recreational resource for this and future generations.”
“As Rock Creek Park embarks on its 125th anniversary, I look forward to working with the staff, visitors, neighbors and partners in continuing to distinguish it as one of our nation's gems, and contributing to preserving the park’s special character and its natural and historic resources for the next 125 years,” Young said. “I have always felt a part of something extraordinary serving the National Park Service and my journey continues at Rock Creek Park.”