Hare New Manager of Evansburg, Ft. Washington Parks

A winter view (at top) of Skippack Creek, taken from a trail in Evansburg State Park, Collegeville

COLLEGEVILLE PA – Bethany Hare, who most recently worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as an assistant park manager in Bucks County, has been named manager of both Evansburg State Park in Collegeville and the highly visited Fort Washington State Park in Fort Washington PA.

Both facilities, located in Montgomery County, are part of the department’s Fort Washington State Park Complex. Hare said she looked “forward to being a part of the parks’ growth to better serve our visitors.” She will be based in Evansburg’s offices, 851 May Hall Rd., and succeeds Eric Ihlein, who retired.

Hare last served for five years as assistant park manager of the Delaware Canal State Park Complex, which includes Ralph Stover State Park in Bucks County, and Delaware Canal in Bucks and Northampton counties. Her “keen administrative skills and field experience … will serve her well as she takes over” at Fort Washington, department Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said.

Hare’s appointment was announced Wednesday (Feb. 10, 2021).

At Evansburg, 3,349 acres of greenery separate the Collegeville and Norristown areas. With the Skippack Creek as its focal point, the state park has a variety of habitats including forests, meadows, old fields, and farmland. It is spread across portions of Lower Providence, Lower Salford, Skippack, Towamencin, and Worcester townships.

Rich in modern recreational facilities and historical significance, Fort Washington’s blossoming dogwoods draw springtime visitors, and annual fall raptor migrations overhead draw thousands of observers, the department added.

Photo by the Montgomery County Planning Commission, via Flickr and Wikimedia Commons, used under a Creative Commons license