Phillip Schmidt has been appointed manager of Tyler State Park, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced.
Schmidt is the former manager at Ridley Creek State Park, Delaware County.
As new manager at Tyler, Schmidt oversees 1,711 acres divided into sections by the Neshaminy Creek.
The state park offers hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Picnic areas have tables, restrooms and drinking water. The park also provides environmental education and interpretive programs exploring a variety of ecological and historic topics.
“I grew up in Northeast Philadelphia, and we often visited places like Pennypack Park, Neshaminy State Park and Tyler State Park so we could hike, fish, and look for wildlife,” Schmidt said. “I feel Tyler is a priceless piece of public greenspace in an area affected by ever-reaching urban sprawl. It brings me back to my childhood, and I love the diversity of people taking advantage of the outdoors here.”
Schmidt succeeds Cory Snyder, who was transferred to Linn Run State Park, Westmoreland County.
The new manager began his Bureau of State Parks career working as a laborer at Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County, later serving as a ranger there. After entering the Bureau of State Park’s Region 1 manager trainee program, he served as assistant park manager at Codorus State Park, York County, and manager at Ridley Creek.
A native of the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia, Schmidt, 39, holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from the Pennsylvania State University.
He and his fiancée are scheduled to be married in November.