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Sandwich welcomes new Parks and Rec Director

New Sandwich Parks and Recreation Director Leo Greene talks with Eric Morse and Catherine Graham during an ice cream social welcoming him to the position. Erin Plummer. (click for larger version)
June 16, 2010
SANDWICH — An ice cream social gave residents the opportunity to meet their new Parks and Recreation Director.

Leo Greene was hired as Sandwich's new Parks and Recreation Director two weeks ago.

On Thursday, residents gathered at Quimby Field to meet Greene and have some ice cream, despite cold temperatures and steady rain.

Greene is a Sandwich resident who has previously done work with the Parks and Recreation Department. He applied for the position around a month ago and went through a series of interviews and reviews before being hired.

Greene currently works with Moultonboro Academy's athletic program as a Game Day Director and coach.

In college, Greene majored in Creative Writing and Literature though he had been coaching for years before and throughout his college experience.

Greene is from Sandwich and has lived in the area most of his life, save for a few stints in Boston and California.

He has been well received by members of the community, many of whom spoke in support of him during the hiring process. During the Board of Selectmen's May 17 meeting, several people attended and voiced their support for Greene's hiring.

"We've received letters, emails, phone calls, great support from the community," said Catherine Graham, Administrative Assistant to the Board of Selectmen.

Board Chair Leo Dwyer said Greene was hired because he was simply "the right choice."

"His experience with sports and recreation programs, I think his enthusiasm," Dwyer said.

"A lot of people know me and they feel pretty comfortable just saying what they want," Greene said.

Greene said will come into the position looking at how long-standing programs have worked while bringing in new ones.

"The first thing it to see what we've got," Greene said, saying he wants to look at the departments programs and equipment as well as those interested in taking part.

The programs he will look at first are those that have been going on for several years.

He is also looking to bring new programs in, such as disc golf. What he will primarily look at right now is who is taking part in the programs.

"Seeing what it is the community wants," Greene said. "What do seniors want to do, what do kids want to do?"

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