Luray, Va. — The National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Gay Vietzke has named Patrick Kenney as the new superintendent of Shenandoah National Park.
Kenney previously served as the deputy superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
“Shenandoah is one of the most iconic of our national park sites,” said Vietzke. “Its vast size is both a treasure and a great responsibility. Shenandoah will be in good hands with Patrick, who has the experience of managing sizable operations at large parks.”
Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park features 200,000 acres of protected lands bursting with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, fields of wildflowers, and quiet wooded hollows. Skyline Drive runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. This national scenic byway is regarded as one of America’s favorite mountain drives; nearly 70 overlooks provide a glimpse over some of the most scenic vistas in the eastern United States.
“I am honored by the opportunity to serve at Shenandoah National Park,” said Kenney. “Exceptional projects, programs, and partnerships are underway, due in large measure to the vision and the dedication of the park staff. I look forward to working on efforts to preserve the park’s natural and cultural resources and enhance the visitor experience of our public lands. Shenandoah National Park has an extraordinary legacy that is in place for all seasons and for all peoples.”
Kenney will also manage Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, a partnership park created in 2002. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, located in Middletown, preserve and interpret key historical sites and the rich cultural heritage of the Shenandoah Valley.
About Shenandoah Valley Travel Association (SVTA)
Founded in 1924, SVTA is one of the oldest regional tourism promotional organizations of its kind in the United States. The association promotes the tourism assets of the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley to the rest of the world. Our beautiful year-round destination offers some of the East Coast’s most spectacular natural landscapes, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, plus charming small cities surrounded by working farms, orchards, vineyards, and craft breweries. VisitShenandoah.org and VisitSkylineDrive.org