Luray hires new Parks and Recreation director

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Jennifer Jenkins

~ PVN staff report

The Town of Luray recently announced on its Facebook page that Jennifer Jenkins has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Parks and Recreation effective Aug. 31.

Jenkins, an ISA Certified Arborist, has worked more than 20 years in the areas of landscaping, tree care, environmental education and program coordination. She replaces Dakota Baker, who held the position for nearly two years before announcing in June that she was following her husband to South Dakota. An employee of the National Park Service, Baker’s husband was transferred from his position as a ranger in Shenandoah National Park to the same position at Mount Rushmore.

Baker replaced Luray’s longtime Parks and Rec Director Pat O’Brien in October 2018. She previously served as assistant director under O’Brien before being named the town’s planning, zoning and administrative assistant.

The new superintendent of Luray’s Parks and Rec graduated from Page County High School in 1995, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bridgewater College. Jenkins then attended graduate school at West Virginia University for Wildlife and Fisheries Management.

Jenkins served as Urban Forestry Technical Specialist for the West Virginia Division of Forestry from 2002 to 2011, and held the position of Arborist for the City of Winchester from 2011 to 2020. She served on the Virginia Urban Forestry Council from 2012 to 2015 and graduated from the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute in 2013.

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