Darren Marsh is retired as Director of Dane County Parks on June 30, 2021. The Foundation for Dane County Parks hosted an event to celebrate Darren’s dedicated service to Dane County Parks and recognize the people, partners and places that will sustain his legacy for generations to come. At Darren's request, all proceeds from the event went to the Foundation for Dane County Parks, which he helped develop.
Over the past 28 years he led our park system to new heights. During his tenure, the system added over 7,000 acres of land, expanded the role of the Lussier Family Heritage Center, developed two County forests, planted thousands of trees, managed the Emerald Ash Borer invasion and other invasive threats and helped to ensure that our community has had access to 18,000acres of land, carefully tended to conserve our diverse flora and fauna.
"Darren would be the first to remind us that these accomplishments are not his alone but those of countless volunteers, staff and partners whose passion and dedication nurture our parks every day,” shares Foundation President Bill Lunney. Darren’s special appreciation has empowered volunteers to support and maintain our park lands. He says our volunteers are the “heart and soul” of our parks, with 19 Parks Friends Groups giving 70,000 hours of service each year.
People are welcome to leave farewell messages and share memories for Darren on the Kudoboard (an online space to share messages and pictures) set up by Dane County Parks: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/xHuJ1i2C
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors!
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A Celebration of Darren Marsh
On September 9, 2021 the Foundation to celebrated retired Dane County Parks Director Darren Marsh and his legacy.