Mary E. Grogan previously worked as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Modesto, CA; Recreation Superintendent for the City of Modesto; Recreation Supervisor for the City of Modesto; and Recreation Leader for the City of Fresno, CA.
She received her B.A. degree in Physical Education from Fresno State College and graduate work from San Francisco State College and the University of California at Berkeley.
Mary E. Grogan
- A Lady of Leisure??
Not true, you say!
college years, in fact even before she
graduated from high school, she
was already working as a Recreation Leader for the City of Fresno.
After receving her degree from Fresno State University, Mary was hired as Recreation Supervisor for the City of Modesto.
She became the Recreation Superintendent, the Acting Director, and then Director of Parks and Recreation.
For the next 35 years, she
built the department and enhanced the quality of life for people in the city and in the surrounding areas.
She retired from this position in June 1992.
said that she
would not trade her
career, and that she
loved every minute of her
However, each of us knows when it is the right time to retire and she
appreciates the freedom to decide what to do with her
When asked to name two accomplishments during her tenure that bring her special pride and pleasure, she described an early policy adopted by the Modesto City Council (with her encouragement) that a park site would be acquired and developed adjacent to each elementary and high school as well as the community college.
This action took the politics out of park locations.
The policy also promoted cooperation between the city and the schools in the development of swimming pools and multipurpose facilities.
It seems fitting that one of these sites is named Grogan Community Park.
reviewed the development of Two Rivers Regional Park.
This was cooperative venture by the City of Modesto
, the City of Ceres and Stanislaus County.
It is a linear regional park along the Tuolome River with its own Regional Park Board.
seemed especially pleased that a four-mile stretch of the park is named "Grogan's Groves"!
also takes pride in the extensive street tree planting program throughout Modesto - noting that trees are especially selected for their fall color.
Mary is the first and only woman to serve as President to her State Society and the National Recreation and Park Association.
When asked about the value of these organizations to young people entering the field today, she
emphasized the importance of networking and the opportunities for ideas to enhance the services provided for people in our communities.
promotes the attitude of, "What can I do for the national movement?
Its members are experienced professionals and Mary, a charter member, believes that this is its value and its uniqueness.
, a leader of leaders, who has contributed pragmatic advice, ideas, and policy to so many groups, organizations, and governmental bodies, is now directing - and enjoying - her
own leisure time.