ACT Recognition Reception Honoree Douglas Wendell

Doug WendellMany Abingtonians know Douglas Wendell. He and his wife Mary Ann, are longtime residents, having raised their children Megan, Owen, and Tegan here.

Doug earned a B.A. from Temple University in Recreation and a Masters degree, also from Temple University in Recreation Administration.

Doug was hired for the position of Control Building Supervisor at Alverthorpe Park in 1979.  He was promoted to the position of Assistant Recreation Superintendent in 1984. He was promoted to Recreation Superintendent from 1990 until February 5, 1998 when he became Director of Parks and Recreation for the Township.

Doug has been very involved with the Shade Tree Commission.  As Commission Chair Rita Stevens explains, “He is proactive and thoughtful about preservation, planting, and care for our canopy.  He is unwavering in his support and always can be counted on for prompt guidance and assistance in the many steps it takes to tend our forest in a manner that balances the needs of many.   He is willing to try new things – to experiment- to take us to the next level.”

Rita continues:  “Doug has a very long track record of sponsoring successful scout projects.  He is approachable and practical in assisting youth to frame and implement a wide range of projects.”

Abington’s Environmental Advisory Council also holds Doug in high regard, noting that he goes above and beyond his job to help make Abington a better place to live.  He takes it upon himself to get things done.  Several residents talked about recalling Doug on a ladder, in the bed of his truck, installing bird houses on the “Rosie Pole” in Roslyn Park.

Doug’s volunteer work in the community includes:
Community involvement:  Co-Director, 24-Hour Relay Challenge Planning Committee of Citizens and Police Together (C.A.P.T.) ||
Vice President of Abington Township Police Athletic League
The St .Vincent DePaul Society working with Habitat for Humanity
Coaching women’s softball for high school and college teams
Doug has also been very active as a volunteer leader in the PA Parks and Recreation Society, organizing conferences and participating on the executive board, including serving as regional President.

Doug received the 1990 American Cancer Society Outstanding Unit Volunteer Award, 1993 PRPS Programming Award, and Friends of Briar Bush: Griscom Award in 2009