First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania announces new Rider Park manager
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.