After a career of serving as both Ranger, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent at Arkansas State Parks for more than three decades, Tracy King has been named as the new Region 2 Supervisor. This position oversees 11 Arkansas State Parks in the north central region of the state.
“Tracy King was selected as Region 2 Supervisor due to his numerous years in leadership as a Park Ranger at various locations within the state park system,” said Operations Manager Jon Brown. “His Last appointment was at Bull Shoals White River State Park as Superintendent and he had an outstanding record in protecting our natural and cultural resources and providing top-quality services to our guests. I am confident that he will be just as successful in his new role.”
A key part of effective management of Arkansas State Parks is to divide the system into 5 regions. Each region has a Manager who is charged with ensuring that the parks under their watch have the resources they need to maintain the level of quality that is expected. This includes guest services, physical facilities and protection of our natural, cultural and historical resources.
“Tracy King has been an effective and efficient park superintendent for many years,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann. “He is respected by his team members, peers and park leadership. He has always performed at the highest level and is an exemplary park professional. His dedication to Arkansas State Parks and proven leadership will serve Region 2 and the entire parks system very well.”
King has lived his life as a team member of Arkansas State Parks both professionally and personally. In addition to his last assignment at Bull Shoals-White River State Park he has also worked at Petit Jean, Lake Chicot, Jacksonport and Lake Catherine.
“It was while working at Lake Catherine as a seasonal Ranger, I met my wife of 31 years,” said King. “We have two children, Ryan and Alyssa and one granddaughter, Rooke.”
King grew up in Decaturville, Tennessee and received his Park Ranger Training at Memphis State University. He has made Arkansas his home since 1985.
“I am honored to serve the parks of Region 2 and am equally honored to be chosen for this position the leadership of Arkansas State Parks,” said King. “I hope to enhance the quality of customer service at all of the parks and build upon the foundations that already exist because of the great group of Park professionals that are currently in Region 2. I want to take what they have and try to improve it in any way I can. My tenure has taught me a lot in many ways, and those successes are my focus. “
About Arkansas State Parks:
Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,353 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities and unique historic and cultural resources. The system includes 1,100 buildings (including 183 historic structures), six National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark and 16 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.
The state parks have 1,771 camp sites, 1,050 picnic sites, 208 cabins, four lodges, eight restaurants, 10 marinas and 415 miles of trails. Eight million visitors annually come from all regions of the country. Park staffs provide over 42,000 education programs, activities and special events to more than 700,000 participants each year.
Established in 1927, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism, and provide leadership in resource conservation.