Volunteer Spotlight

Daniel Cleary

Daniel Cleary

Volunteer of the Year Award for Maintenance

More than 18 years ago, Daniel Cleary retired to Florida to be closer to his children and grandchildren. When he became restless, his daughter suggested he should visit the state park up the road. He has been volunteering at Lake Louisa State Park and the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail since then.

Dan has become an integral part of Lake Louisa State Park. Over the years he has taken on just about any work task imaginable and has contributed more than 13,000 hours. In 2020, Dan contributed more than 890 hours.

Dan enjoys getting to know new employees and volunteers as he feels he is constantly learning new perspectives and new skills from them as well as sharing some of his knowledge.

Dan performs a variety of maintenance tasks at the park and he enjoys woodworking. Dan has built countless picnic tables, shelves, trail benches and interpretive showcase cabinets. He repairs pavilions and puts up fences.

During the summer months, Dan helps with mowing the 15 miles of road shoulder in the park along with several event fields, the campground and the cabin area. He has trimmed countless miles of trails for hiking, tram rides and equestrian events. 

2020 Florida State Parks Volunteer Recognition Award Winner

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