Within a matter of days, Staunton River opens for a new season and this year that’s not all that’s new.
At Staunton River State Park, preparations are under way for the 2014 summer season opening. Although park manager Adam Layman is certainly not new to the park, he officially assumed the position of manager last November. Over the winter, he and his staff have been staying busy with planning and preparing for the busy months ahead.
According to Pat Eastwood, Virginia State Parks Visitor Services Specialist for the Southern region, Layman began working at Staunton River State Park as a seasonal maintenance ranger in 2001. He continued to work as a seasonal employee summers and weekends through high school. While attending college he worked summers and semester breaks at the park. During this time he also worked as a conservation intern.
Layman graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2007 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Forestry, Forest Resource Management. He began full time employment as a park ranger in August of 2007 and then became Park Ranger Law Enforcement in 2008. He became Chief Ranger in 2010 and Assistant Park Manager in January 2012. He has been acting Park Manager since July 2012. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and woodworking.
Layman is a lifelong resident of Halifax County. He saysâ€œ Iâ€™m looking forward to continuing the tradition we have established of providing excellent customer service and satisfaction to all of our guests, and making SRSP the place our guests want to return to year after year.â€ While the park is open year round, the pool and concessions will open for the summer season on May 23 for Memorial Day weekend. The pool will remain open through Labor Day.
For information about programs and activities at Staunton River State Park, you may call the park at 434-572-4623. To make overnight reservations for camping or cabins visit www.virginiastateparks.gov or call the Customer Service Center at 800-933-PARK (7275).
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