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Region 8 park recognized by state

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 park is receiving state recognition, as representatives from the State Parks Division traveled from Little Rock to Pocahontas on Tuesday.

The Region III Park of the Year Award was presented to staff of the Davidsonville State Park. Park Superintendent Kendra Harris says this means a lot to both she and the park staff. "I was so excited," Harris said. "I knew how much it meant to the employees here and they work so hard. They put a lot of care and effort into this park and I know they enjoy doing it. So, it meant a lot to them. And to see them excited made me excited."

State Parks Director, Greg Butts, says it's Harris and the park staff that make it so special. "This is an incredible honor for Harris and the entire staff," Butts stated. "Each year we recognize an outstanding state park in the four administrative regions. This year Davidsonville competed with sixteen other parks in their region and were selected. They've just done outstanding work."

Harris says the staff has a variety of daily duties they work hard at, such as keeping the camp sites, picnic tables, bathrooms, pavilions, playgrounds and trails all clean for visitors. "Any part of this park, we look at, is to keep safe and clean for park visitors," Harris commented. "In the office we do camping registrations, pavilion rentals and deal with contact with the public on what we have going on. Special events, programs, what is available when. So, there are a number of things that go on behind the scenes that people are unaware of."

Believe it or not, there are only seven employees at Davidsonville State Park, and two of that already small staff are also only seasonal.

Butts says the Davidsonville staff have definitely raised the bar for other state parks. "It's a small staff for this park, but the output and how well maintained they keep the park is amazing."

Harris says while the park is a wonderful place to visit for recreational activities, and visitors also get a peek at Arkansas history.

"This park is unique," Harris said. "Davidsonville is the site of the first post office, land office and the courthouse in Arkansas territories. So, a lot of the justice and government started here."

Harris says a little over 80, 000 people visited Davidsonville State Park last year alone.

For additional information about Davidsonville State Park, log onto this website.

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