Lake Accotink Park Volunteer
7500 Accotink Park Road
Springfield, VA 22150
VOLUNTEER AT LAKE ACCOTINK PARK
Our volunteers make all the difference each and every day as they interact with park staff, expand their knowledge, acquire new experiences, and share their passion for the park. Their work is invaluable because they provide critical services for which staff resources do not exist. They help with maintaining park trails and grounds, observing and reporting safety issues or park use infractions, weeding flower beds, performing clean-up work of the lake and parkland, and make possible the community events for which Lake Accotink Park is known. Equally important, our volunteers serve as our ambassadors and advocates in our community. We are grateful to all who give generously of their time and talent.
In September 2013 Lake Accotink Park welcomed a new volunteer, Donn Grover. Donn has lived in Northern Virginia most of his life and currently resides in Alexandria with his wife of 47 years and their two dogs Pepito the Poodle and Paquito the Dachshund. Donn is an award winning artist and is retired from a wide range of careers. For 15 years he was employed as a carpenter and maintenance worker at a Franciscan monastery in Washington D.C., and in the decades prior to that he served in the US Navy and Coast Guard. His skills as an artist and carpenter and his positive attitude make him a valuable member of the Lake Accotink team.
Donn is an energetic and colorful character who is always looking for more ways to be of help and support the staff. He decorated the employee work areas for the holidays and organized a holiday party for staff. Donn's colorful nature shows through in his work as well. His creativity and artistic skill are demonstrated through his work to refurbish and paint the horses on the park's antique carousel, adding many beautiful designs and details. Donn also suggested the horses be named using names contributed by children in the community. Donn's positive can-do attitude makes him a joy to work with and staff enjoy his entertaining stories. The park and the community are fortunate to have Donn Grover in our midst.
2013 Elly Doyle Park Service Award Winner
Jim Hickey has volunteered at Lake Accotink Park longer than there are records regarding park volunteers. It’s safe to say he has given at least 17 years of volunteer service to this site. After he established the Friends of Lake Accotink Park, he quickly became its president, a post he still holds today.
He is the perfect example of an engaged and dedicated volunteer. His work demonstrates his passion for wildlife preservation and protection as well as environmental education. His efforts have improved the quality of life for the community and made key programs possible. For example, he has served as the announcer for multiple Fairfax County events over the years. He has provided motivation and coordination for the spring and fall watershed clean-ups at the park. Perhaps most importantly, he has been a vocal and effective advocate for the park through the Friends of Lake Accotink.