Woolly Hollow named State Park of the Year

State Park Superintendents Lee Howard (left), Steven Wilson, Vicki Trimble, Jim Gann and Joe Buckley show off their State Park of the Year awards. Wilson is the superintendent at Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier.

A state park in Faulkner County was one of five in Arkansas named Park of the Year for outstanding service.

 

Woolly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier received what park officials in a news release called “a coveted honor, as it is a peer selected accolade.”

Superintendent Steven Wilson said the park had a great year in spite of the flooding it experienced in April.

“We saw a 75 percent increase in visitation,” he said. “As well as a nearly 50 percent increase in revenue and camping occupancy. To top it all off, the Weather Channel named us as best swimming spot in the state.”

The park also saw an increase in volunteer service, he said. Woolly Hollow had 573 volunteers who served more than 3,500 — a value of $76,119.

Other parks that received the award were Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine, Village Creek State Park in Wynne, Logoly State Park in McNeil and Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton.

“All of our parks are doing everything very well, which is what makes these awards so interesting,” Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann said. “Because we operate at such a high level, it’s always achieving just that extra special unique opportunity that usually is what sets that park apart.”

For more information, visit www.arkansasstateparks.com.

 

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