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Stone Harbor Hires Recreation Director

Posted June 27th 2022

Shannon MacPherson was announced as Stone Harbor’s new Director of Recreation at a recent Borough Council meeting. MacPherson, who comes from a background in corporate wellness, currently works with the Pennsbury School District as a physical education teacher at the high school level, a lacrosse coach, and a teacher.

Councilwoman Jennifer Gensemer introduced MacPherson at the meeting, and addressed her with a welcome: “We look forward to having you here, and you will greatly improve the quality of life here in Stone Harbor. You have a magnetic personality, and we are so excited to have you as part of the Borough of Stone Harbor.”

In addition to the new appointment, interim recreation director Jenny Olson and interim assistant director Justin Ricciardi offered updates on the department’s improvements, staffing, and capital projects. The resurfacing of the 82nd Street tennis and pickleball courts is in progress, with additional enhancements including shade umbrellas and water coolers.

Also planned is a complete overhaul of all basketball courts. This includes resurfacing and the installation of weatherproof rims for the inside and outside courts at 82nd Street, and rim replacements for the 96th Street court with galvanized materials that will withstand the shore elements. The bocce court is also on the schedule for leveling and maintenance.

Ricciardi also reported that the department will have a dedicated staff member for all courts and surfaces to address facility updates, equipment needs, and required improvements immediately.

Moving forward, the department reported record numbers of sign-ups for seasonal camps and activities, including a waiting list for a number of youth basketball league groups.

MacPherson will begin her tenure at the end of June following the completion of the school year. For more information and current updates for the department, go to

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