New rec. director chosen

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Officials have announced that Keith Fonseca is Middle Township's new recreation director.

He replaces Chuck McDonnell, who left for another job in November.


"Keith Fonseca has been hired to take our Recreation Department to the next level. He brings a 21st century approach to recreation that excited us all in the interview process," Township Committeeman Tim Donohue said in a news release. 

Fonseca will begin full time with Middle on April 1. The news released submitted by Donohue on Thursday night did not include Fonseca's salary.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and sports studies and a master’s degree in recreation and sports management from Indiana State University.

Fonseca comes to Middle Township from Montclair State University in North Jersey, where he served as assistant director of programs and facilities for campus recreation. He supervised professional staff coordinators and 100 student employees, managing a budget of $15 million a year.

He spent three years as assistant director of marketing and community relations for Montclair State Recreation, reaching out to build partnerships with corporate and community leaders, as well as managing technological solutions, including website and social media.

"The future of recreation is in creative partnering with both for-profit and non-profit entities, as well integration and involvement of our schools and business community," Donohue said. "Our goal is to have the best Recreation Department in Cape May County. We will develop a mission statement that focuses on bringing a diverse range of recreation opportunities, in a safe and positive environment, for residents of all ages, at a price we can afford.”


For the last several months, Middle Township has been developing a plan for its open space and recreation sites. The process has included a comprehensive inventory of the township’s open space and recreation and an online survey to get opinions on recreation and a vision for the future.

People will have their say on the plan March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Samuel S. DeVico Senior Center at 23 Romney Place Cape May Court House. Featured topics will be the planned development of the Robert “Ockie” Wisting Recreation Complex in Rio Grande, proposals for the reconfiguration of the Clarence and Georgiana Davies Sports Complex in Goshen and passive recreation opportunities at bayside beaches.

The search for a new recreation director included input from staff, coaches, residents and the Recreation Advisory Board.

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