2021 “William V. Haskell” Distinguished Professional of the Year Award Winner Robin Cogger, Director, York Parks & Recreation Department

Robin Cogger has worked for the York Parks & Recreation Department for over 30 years, beginning as a camp counselor as a college student. During this time, she is held many positions, including Special Events Coordinator, Recreation Coordinator, Assistant Director, Director of the Senior Center, and her current role as the Department’s Director. York manages Mount Agamenticus and over 10,000 acres of a conservation region, the famous Nubble Lighthouse and gift shop, maintains academic athletic fields, oversees the town’s lifeguard program and beach bath houses, hosts over 4 road races and challenges annually, manages the Center for Active Living for 50+ community members and has added an ice rink to its facilities this winter. Because of all these moving parts and more, York Parks & Recreation needs a strong leader, who leads by example and this is Robin.

Robin can be found saying any of these phases on a regular basis “how can we make it happen?”, “how does that engage our community”, “how can we make it better?” and encourages group brainstorming during weekly staff meetings to “spitball ideas”. Visit our office in York’s and you will likely hear “hey, what do you think of this?” and programs are developed from there.

Major projects that have been developed during Robin’s time at York include the Bog Road Fields Complex, the Nubble Gift Shop, the Long Sands Bath House and plans for expanding facilities at Mount Agamenticus. Plus, Robin created community traditions like the Annual Charlie Memorial Basketball Classic (which ran for 30 years, finishing in 2020), our annual road race series (Four on the 4th, York Days, Turkey Trot etc.), holiday events like Springtime Surprises, Breakfast with Santa and the Polar Express.