Department of Parks and Recreation

Bruce Spillchuck, Tanwater Park RangerPark Ranger Bruce Spillchuck, who heads the Down County Department of Parks and Recreation, is seen here taking a moment to try his luck at the various slot machines scattered throughout the county’s parks and campgrounds.

As a naturalist with a bark beetle fascination and a Masters in Incendiary Science, Bruce brings a wealth of skills and expertise to a department too often castigated lacking both.

His recent initiatives have included the installation of heat lamps at Spotter’s Field to dissuade car thefts , emergency aid stations for Tanwater Toe injuries and a screen with seasonal images hung outside the Tanwater Summit Lodge to obscure the clear cut.