Director of York Parks and Recreation retires after 30 years

YORK, Maine — Robin Cogger was planning a career as a teacher when she took a summer job at York Parks and Recreation.

She never thought she would stay or one day end up running the department.

The love of bringing people together, however, took hold of Cogger early on. Now, after more than 30 years with the department and five at the helm, Cogger is retiring.

“I think it’s probably a little earlier than expected, but that’s okay,” said Cogger, 53, whose last day will be October 14. During her tenure, she helped grow the department by organizing long-running events like York Days while introducing new ones like the Polar Express Ride to the Nubble Lighthouse.

“I’ve had the opportunity to build some pretty incredible relationships over 30 years,” Cogger said. “It’s the people I have these relationships with that I will miss the most.”

A new appreciation for life outside of work

Cogger said her family developed a new appreciation for life when her husband, Scott, a longtime police officer and DARE officer in York, discovered he had thymus cancer this year. He underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has since learned from doctors that the cancer has been cleared. Cogger took two months off to spend time with her husband this summer, and now she’s looking forward to spending even more time together.

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