Dan Leahy is the newest member of the Play for All Garden and Playground Foundation’s board of directors. He was named to the board early this year.
A Naperville resident, Leahy earned a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2020.
Since June 1, 2021, he has been the Executive Director of the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA). The organization offers in-person and virtual special recreational programming for children and adults with special needs.
Just prior to taking the helm at WDSRA, Leahy served as Marketing and Communications Director of the Fox Valley Park District from 2015 through 2021, where he also served on the district’s special recreation board.
His experience also includes working for the Bolingbrook and Schaumburg park districts, the City of Elmhurst, and for several publishing companies.
He said his broad experience will serve him well in his new role.
“I will bring the board member perspective and I will bring the parent perspective,” he said. His son, Tyler, 23, who has Down syndrome, has been involved with WDSRA programs for at least the past 8 or 9 years, he said.
The programs and initiatives pursued at the Play for All Sensory Garden complement WDSRA’s offerings.
“The Sensory Garden falls right in line with my agency,” Leahy said. “The Sensory Garden is near and dear to WDSRA. It was a no-brainer for me to get involved.”
As a board member, Leahy said he would like to focus on increasing the accessibility of programs and recreational opportunities, reduce wait lists, work in partnership with schools to enhance students’ individual education plans, and concentrate on public awareness of the amenities available at the Sensory Garden.