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Bill Foelsch

Township of Morris
Director of Parks & Recreation

Bill Foelsch is Director of Parks and Recreation for the Township of Morris, a residential community of 23,000.  As Director, he manages 18 municipal parks and park preserves, two Olympic- size swimming pools, and oversees an extensive array of recreation programs for the community.  Prior to his service to Morris Township, he was Executive Director of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association for 26 years, managing the membership services, educational activities, and public policy advocacy program of that statewide organization.

He also serves as part-time Park Consultant to the municipality of Chester Township, a position he started in 1981, currently managing seven parks, 60 acres of active recreation area, and 900 acres of preserved open space.  

Bill has served as Chair of the New Jersey Trails Council since his appointment to the Council in 1992.  He also currently serves as Co-Chair of the New Jersey Recreation and Park Association Public Policy Committee and is active on the Program Committee of that organization.  Bill served on the Board of Trustees of the National Recreation and Park Association, was twice Chairman of the National Playground Safety Institute, and served on the NRPA Congress Program Committee for 15 years, chairing Committee in 2005 for the San Antonio Congress.  He has served on nine campaign committees to renew the New Jersey Green Acres and Garden State Preservation Trust funding programs.  He currently serves as the NJRPA liaison to the Keep It Green Campaign, a 185 organization coalition advancing priorities for future GSPT funding for open space, farmland, and historic preservation and new funding for New Jersey’s natural resources and park stewardship needs.

In October 2014, he was elected as a member of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the parks.

Bill spends his recreational time hiking, biking, kayaking, gardening and attending concerts and theater events with his family and friends.