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Parks and Recreation Park Ranger Program

Date: October 12, 2007Charles E. Whalen


Veda McMullen, James City County Parks & Recreation, Communications Coordinator
Phone: (757) 259-5415
Fax: (757) 259-5420


Dan Smith, James City County Parks & Recreation, Parks Operations Coordinator
Phone: (757) 259-5364


James City County Parks and Recreation has sworn in the division’s first Special Conservator of the Peace, an existing position with new responsibilities focusing on public relations and user compliance in the County’s park facilities.


County Park Ranger, Charles E. Whalen, assumed the special duties in September. The County’s park ranger program has been existence for over a year; however, the new duties now allow the Ranger to also serve as Conservator of the Peace with the ability to write summons for infractions occurring on County park property. Park infractions include, but are not limited to, consumption of alcohol in park facilities, illegal parking, gambling, possession of weapons, open fires, skateboarding in restricted areas, damage or destruction of park property or equipment, littering, unleashed animals, illegal sale of goods, operation of unauthorized vehicles or illegal use of the facilities in any manner addressed in the County’s use of public facilities guide. Over the past four months, more than 200 infractions have been documented. The Ranger will continue to work in partnership with the County police to provide a safer appropriate environment for park visitors. 


For a copy of James City County Parks and Recreation Public Facilities Rules and Regulation, visit, Parks and Recreation, Parks and Trails, Rules & Regulations or call the Park Ranger at (757) 259-5365.


Photo Caption:

Park Ranger Charlie Whalen, pictured at the Skate Park, will be working with citizens to patrol the County’s parks and facilities keeping them not only safe but free from damage and vandalism.


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