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Pioneer In the Field of Parks and...

City of Modesto Parks and Recreation Department
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • B.A. degree , Physical Education
    Fresno State College
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The community park is named for ...
www.modesto.org, 30 May 2013 [cached]
The community park is named for Mary E. Grogan, a pioneer in the field of parks and recreation and the Director of the City of Modesto Parks and Recreation Department for 30 years and was a champion for park development.
Mary E. Grogan
www.aapra.org, 13 Oct 2013 [cached]
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.
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Mary E. Grogan - A Lady of Leisure?? Not true, you say! During her 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. She said that she would not trade her career, and that she loved every minute of her job. 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 time.
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.
Mary 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. She seemed especially pleased that a four-mile stretch of the park is named "Grogan's Groves"!
She 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. She promotes the attitude of, "What can I do for the national movement?
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Its members are experienced professionals and Mary, a charter member, believes that this is its value and its uniqueness.
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Mary Grogan, 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.
Regarding "Out on a Limb" (Feb. ...
www.modbee.com, 7 Feb 2010 [cached]
Regarding "Out on a Limb" (Feb. 1, Page A-1): How ironic it is to have this happen so soon after the death of Mary E. Grogan, one of our true community visionaries. In 1981, when she was director of the Modesto Parks and Recreation Department, a tree maintenance approach was developed known as "programmed tree pruning.
Mary E. Grogan
www.aapra.org, 16 Jan 2009 [cached]
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.
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Mary E. Grogan - A Lady of Leisure??Not true, you say!During her 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.She said that she would not trade her career, and that she loved every minute of her job.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 time.
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.
Mary 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.She seemed especially pleased that a four-mile stretch of the park is named "Grogan's Groves"!
She 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.She 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.
...
Mary Grogan, 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.
Ralph Wilson
www.aapra.org, 19 Sept 2012 [cached]
Several long-time friends and colleagues, including NRPA Chairman Harry G. Haskell Jr., trustees James D. Ruth and Mary E. Grogan, past trustees Roger K. Brown and Ruth E. Pike, and Executive Director Davis, shared their feelings, their memories, and their appreciation for Ralph C. Wilson.
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