VERMILION — Vermilion Parks Supervisor Dana Corogin retired Friday — leaving behind a legacy of beautification and volunteerism.
After 10 years of service, Corogin was honored by Vermilion Mayor Jim Forthofer, who presented her with a proclamation at her retirement party May 7 at Martino’s International Cafe.
“Dana has led a legion of volunteers to not only love and groom every corner of our parks, but form bonds of friendship in service to the community,” the proclamation read.
In addition, Corogin has been responsible for many accomplishments in the city, Forthofer said, including partial founding of Vermilion in Bloom in 2003. Vermilion in Bloom is an organization of volunteers dedicated to beautifying the streetscape of downtown Vermilion.
Corogin used much of her time and budget working to improve the city as well as being a catalyst for volunteerism, Forthofer said. In fact, he said, her positive reputation was nearly unrivaled in the city.
“I would never have run for mayor if Dana was running against me, she has never had any political aspirations but she was so loved that I wouldn’t have stood a chance,” he said.
Corogin was a key player in the conception and completion of Friendship Park in 2014. For her efforts with the park and the rest of her volunteer work, Heritage Ohio also presented her with the “Volunteer of the Year” award in September of that year.
Marc Weisenberger took Corogin’s position as parks supervisor shortly after her retirement. He works part time while still serving as a worker for the Norwalk Catholic Schools Maintenance Department. Weisenberger has 30 years of experience in management, including working as a director of Parks and Recreation for the cities of Bellevue and Port Clinton in the 1980s and 1990s.
“(The city of Vermilion has) a vision for where they want the parks go, and I want to help the city realize that vision,” he said.