At their Volunteer Appreciation Night on Thursday, January 25th, Astoria Parks and Recreation’s Maintenance Supervisor, Jonah Dart-McLean, was awarded Outstanding Volunteer of the year. The evening honored the many volunteers who contributed over 4,600 hours of Volunteer work to raise money to support the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA), whose mission is to promote, invest, and preserve the health and future of Astoria’s historic downtown.
At the event, Dart-McLean was praised for always being ready, willing, and able to assist the organization with setting up for the major events put on by the ADHDA. He has also participated as a “Jane” in their annual Jane Barnes Revue and volunteers at events such as Brew Cup.
“We nicknamed this year’s award, ‘Jonah on the Spot,’” says Dulcye Taylor, President of ADHDA, “Jonah is always ready to lend us a hand and provide us with equipment or backup at all of our events. We wanted to honor his commitment to our organization and the excellent service he provides the City.”
Dart-McLean has been with the Astoria Parks and Recreation Department since winter of 2014, where he was initially hired as the Grounds Coordinator. He was quickly promoted to Maintenance Supervisor in fall of 2015. He supervises two full-time employees and manages over 300 acres of park lands, 11 miles of trails, and 10 facilities.