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Retiring Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission director Frank Overcash, in assessing his work over 28 years, was expectedly modest about the job he’s done.
“All I did was keep something running,” Overcash said.
He did keep it running, but in the right direction.
There has been a lot of progress at the recreation commission during Overcash’s 28 years of service, including the last five as director.
When Overcash first came to work, there were only three full-time employees, including himself, and the four area coordinators.
“We had very few facilities and had to beg, borrow and steal for things,” he said.
At that time, the LCPRC had 10 parks, mostly in the city of Lancaster.
The number of parks is now five times that number spread across Lancaster County.
“We now have 300 acres, four recreation centers and a few thousand volunteers,” Overcash said, “We’ve grown from a small agency to a much larger agency.”
Overcash has played no small part because of some extraordinary characteristics, according to former director Jim Bull, who hired Overcash in 1982.
“I liked Frank’s work ethic and how he felt recreation should be in the community and just his good, old common sense,” Bull said.
“Everything seems to be working right,” he said. “I thought we made a great team working together and he’s kept it going.”
Overcash, as the team player he is, shares in the success.
“A lot of people came together to make this happen,” Overcash said. “It’s good to be part of something and see it happen.”
Overcash noted the work of the LCPRC is due to those, who over the years, have worked in a variety of capacities. One of many is veteran worker Sandy Drum, who has worked the gate at a host of events over the years.
“Frank has been outstanding for the Rec Department,” Drum said. “I’ve enjoyed working with Frank because he was always supportive and did all he could to help this department reach its potential.”
Overcash, a North Carolina native who sought the LCPRC position due to its growth potential, said Lancaster is a special place to him for more than one reason.
“Lancaster has been good to me,” Overcash said. “My family is here and I’ve raised my kids here.
“I have a lot of deep roots here and I’ve been fortunate to get to know and work with good people. That’s about all you can ask and I’m truly grateful.”
Lancaster County should also be thankful for a dedicated worker, who saw potential for recreation and helped it make major strides with a touch of class.