Cupertino hires new Parks and Rec Director

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While most parks are slowly reopening and recreation departments adjust to COVID-19 realities, Cupertino’s has a new leader.

The city announced Monday that it has hired Joanne Magrini as the new Director of Parks and Recreation. Magrini starts June 1, taking over from Randy Schwartz who has served in an interim capacity.

“[Magrini’s] experience and positive energy will be a wonderful addition to our Parks and Recreation Department,” said City Manager Deb Feng, in a statement.

Cupertino’s Parks and Recreation Department is normally among the most active in the West Valley. In addition to a number of public parks, the department operates Quinlan Community Center, the city’s Senior Center, Teen Center, Sports Center, Blackberry Farm, and Monta Vista Recreation Center.

During the pandemic, the department has stepped up its online engagement efforts, offering online fitness and recreation classes.

Magrini comes from the City of San Bruno where she oversaw part of the Community Services Department, including parks and a number of senior and recreational activities.

“I am extremely excited to join this incredible team and help carry on the excellent work being done to create a positive, healthy, connected community in Cupertino,” Magrini said.

Magrini has a M.A. from the University of San Francisco and a BA from UC Santa Barbara.