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Special Assistant To the Assistant Secretary
Kym Hall New superintendent at Colonial National Historical Park reaching out to community Kym Hall took over as superintendent of the Colonial National Historical Park in July. Kym Hall took over as superintendent of the Colonial National Historical Park in July. Kym Hall visited Jamestown Island on a family vacation 12 years ago, thinking she wanted her National Park Service career to bring her there. In July she took over as superintendent of the Colonial National Historical Park. "I saw the resources and saw the stories, and said this is phenomenal," Hall said, sitting in her glass-fronted office with the green park spilling out behind her. "Since that time, I think they've done a lot of the work on the Yorktown end of things," Hall said. Hall, 48 and the mother of three sons, is a 28-year veteran of the National Park Service who grew up on the West Coast. She comes to Colonial after short stints as acting superintendent for the Outer Banks Group parks in North Carolina and Glacier National Park in Montana. Hall had worked as deputy superintendent at Glacier since 2011. She began her career at Olympic National Bank in Washington state before working on various regulations at the NPS headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as serving as superintendent of the Southeast Arizona Group parks and acting superintendent of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Arizona. Hall hit a few key points, then addressed several issues raised by board members in a 45-minute portion of the meeting. Hall told the board members she wants to get businesses into vacant buildings in Yorktown Village, and asked for their patience while she looks at a parking plan for the Fourth of July and other big events. When asked, she also briefly addressed the controversial replica tobacco press that was installed in the village and a road safety issue on the Colonial Parkway near Queens Lake "They are issues that need to be dealt with," Hall said, stressing that her approach is to always try to be a "good neighbor" and to work collaboratively with other groups to find solutions. Those issues have been prioritized, and Hall said this past week that she is addressing attracting businesses and parking first. The tobacco press, for right now, is being left in place until more research on its historical authenticity can be done. Officials from the NPS regional office will visit next week to start assessing buildings and working on details about putting out bids and making leases with potential businesses. Parking for big events will stay the same right now, but Hall is seeking money from the park service to do an archaeological study on the Yorktown Battlefield and village areas. In the past, parking around the village and setting off fireworks have been points of contention for the Fourth of July because of possible damage to the historical grounds and the risk for lightning strikes. "I don't know that there's a perfect answer," Hall said. Hall said that she appreciates those who have advocated for preserving views at Jamestown Island with regard to Dominion Virginia Power's proposal to install overheard power lines across the James River there. "The view should be protected," she said. Her biggest request for the general public is to drive more carefully on the parkway and battlefield roads, watching speed limits and being mindful of bicyclists and people stopping to enjoy the views. All, of course, while not littering. "Obey speed limits, be cautious, use it as a time to slow down and really take in the beauty of where we live," Hall said.
Kym Hall previously served as Deputy Superintendent and accepted a new position as Superintendent of Colonial National Historic Park.
Nick & Karen Chickering with Deputy Superintendent Kym Hall and Ranger Dan Jacobs
Nick & Karen Chickering with Deputy Superintendent Kym Hall and Ranger Dan Jacobs Deputy Superintendent Kym Hall meets the mules Deputy Superintendent Kym Hall meets the mules
The rainy, June evening didn't dampen the spirit of attendees as they enjoyed informative presentations by GNPC co-director Jane Ratzlaff and acting Glacier National Park Superintendent, Kym Hall.
Kym Hall gave an update on activities in the Park for the summer, current challenges, and informed everyone about summer projects such as the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor management study, road rehabilitation update, and Logan Pass Mountain Goat study. Kym also discussed the importance of the strong partnership with the Glacier National Park Conservancy, and how we can work through the future challenges that the Park Service will be addressing by working together to help support the needs of Glacier National Park.
Deputy Superintendent Kym Hall meets the mules