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First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania announces new Rider Park manager

Rider Park Manger, Sara Street.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) recently appointed Sara Street as

the Rider Park Manager. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Bonnie Mahoney who served in the role

for more than eight years.

Street’s educational background is in landscape architecture, ecological restoration, arboriculture, and

park management. She loves plants and has developed a “landscape eye.” As she walks through the meadows

and forest at Rider Park, she is constantly mentally editing plants; dreaming of native plants to add and removing

the invasives that compete for space and nutrients. Through her work with a local consulting forester, she has

learned how to look at the forest and notice the successional trends and look for ways to improve reforestation.

It has been her great fortune to have worked for the North Cascades National Park Service trail crew where she

designed and built accessible and backcountry hiking trails.

As Rider Park Manager, Street will oversee the upkeep and development of the 867-acre natural area.

Rider Park is the largest privately owned recreation area in Lycoming County and is open to the public daily from

dawn until dusk. Street’s work will enable visitors to connect with nature and experience the history and beauty

that our region has to offer. Street will lead the Rider Park team of staff and volunteers to maintain over ten miles

of trail systems and facilities.

Rider Park is owned and operated by FCFP. FCFP works to improve the quality of life in north central

Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact

and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets. For more information on the programs and services offered

by the Foundation, or to learn more about ways to make a difference in your community, contact the Foundation

office at (570) 321-1500.

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