Mooney named Trail Master of Year

Published 12:44 am Thursday, May 5, 2016

Donnie Mooney has been selected this year’s Trail Master of the Year.

Mooney will be honored at this year’s Opp Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Membership Banquet set for next Thursday evening.

0505-MooneyMooney joined the Frank Jackson Trail Masters in 2010 after he retired.

Mooney’s parents Dorphas and Hazel Mooney were charter members of the organization that helps with upkeep and special projects at the state park.

He has been involved in numerous projects to help maintain the natural beauty of Frank Jackson State Park.

He worked tirelessly clearing and creating trails on the island, reroofed the pavilion and cleared and made drainage ditches throughout the park.

Additionally, he helped build three bridges and planted flower beds.

Using his expertise in wiring and plumbing, during the renovations of new cabins at the park.

Mooney also helped in the creation of primitive campgrounds, one of the new options available and restored the old Boy Scout hut.

He has also served as camp host of Frank Jackson State Park, which means he was selected to serve one-month to help welcome guests and maintain the grounds.

Last year, he took the lead in organizing Scarecrows in the Park and scheduled and chaperoned golf cart tours.

At the Rattlesnake Rodeo, he worked in the Trail Masters’ concessions frying rattlesnake.