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Assistant Park Manager David Stapleton Receives Citizen of the Year Award

08 Jun 2017 9:26 PM | Thomas Blackburn (Administrator)


The Mason Neck Citizens Association gave its Citizen of the Year award to David Stapleton, the Assistant Park Manager of Mason Neck State Park, at the May 20 Eagle Festival at the Park. The award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of the historic, archaeological, and environmental resources of Mason Neck.


Dave turned his great love of the outdoors into a 33 year career with our State Parks. He's been a key figure at Mason Neck State Park for the last twenty five years, helping it develop into one of Virginia’s best state parks. He's also been instrumental in producing all 20 Eagle Festivals.


Dave is highly regarded by his coworkers, who feel he has done much for them and the Park. When asked about Dave's best qualities, Park Manager Reinhardt Gray was quick to respond “faith, family, and integrity”. Those of us on the Friends board who have worked with him, concur.


Dave will be retiring at the end of the year and enjoying more time with his wife and 5 sons. While we wish him well, we'll certainly miss him.


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