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Ralph Donnangelo has been selected as the park superintendent for Lake Fort Smith State Park.

Donnangelo, who has served as the chief ranger for Arkansas State Parks since 2006, will be responsible for all operations at the park, according to Arkansas State Parks Director Greg Butts

“Ralph has prepared himself to manage Lake Fort Smith State Park,” Butts said. “Ralph is a knowledgeable park professional with 32 years’ experience in the Arkansas State Park system.”

Donnangelo has been the chief ranger for Arkansas State Parks for the past six years. Prior to becoming chief ranger he worked seven years as a park ranger and 17 years as assistant park superintendent for Lake Dardanelle State Park.”

Donnangelo will assume his new responsibilities July 22.

“Superintendent Donnangelo’s diverse management and law enforcement training, experience and skills will benefit him in his new responsibilities as park superintendent,” Butts said. “Ralph is a proven leader and communicator and he is ready to assume his new duties.”

Donnangelo has completed 69 park management related training courses and workshops spanning his 32-year career with Arkansas State Parks.

“I look forward to the many opportunities to serve the Department, park guests and the area communities in this new capacity,” Donnangelo said.

A native of Miami, Donnangelo earned a bachelor’s degree in parks administration from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville in 1983. He graduated from the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy and is a certified and commissioned law enforcement officer, a licensed waste water treatment plant operator, emergency medical technician and certified first responder.

Lake Fort Smith State Park is one of the 52 state parks managed by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Located near Mountainburg in Crawford County, the park offers outdoor activities including camping, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and hiking trails.

Other facilities include 10 newly constructed cabins, two group lodges with kitchenettes and dining hall, picnic sites, pavilion, swimming pool, boat launch ramp, marina with boat rentals, interpretive programs and a visitor center with exhibits and meeting room.

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