Two girls dressed as moths, 1943. This image comes from one of Dorothea Lensch’s scrapbooks. Lensch served at the Director of Recreation from 1937 to 1973. As the first Director of Recreation, she revitalized the Parks Department by expanding existing programming and developing new programs that included the arts, dance, and other forms of play. During a time of economic, political, and social upheaval, as well substantial growth within the City of Portland, Lensch was a leader within the community by promoting her belief that recreation was central to a strong and healthy community.