Park Maintenance Supervisor Reflects on Her Over 20 Year Career with Carolina Beach

Park Maintenance Supervisor Reflects on Her Over 20 Year Career with Carolina Beach

By / Life on the Island / Thursday, 26 August 2021 14:41

Upon finding out our friend Margaret Dowling would be retiring next June we knew it was the perfect time to sit down and chat about her over 20 year career with the Town of Carolina Beach. Of course sitting down meant meeting her at Mike Chappell Park while she finished installing the new and improved, teeter-totter!

Dowling currently is the Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department’s “Park Maintenance Supervisor” and will pass the reigns on in June of next year. Dowling has not only been a town employee but also a valued community member. She’s volunteered her time and services for countless events and organizations including helping run PIRA’s weekly BINGO fundraiser for almost 15 years, has been an advocate for our seniors through the Katie B. Hines Senior Center since 2004 while also raising her sons in the Pleasure Island Community. Dowling has proven her inventive “do it all” skills throughout the years maintaining Carolina Beach’s recreation areas including the Lake, Mike Chappell Park and Bill McDonald Park. She redesigned the Rec Center into a winter wonderland this past Christmas and is the reason there are so many amazing decorations each season including Christmas by the Sea, Easter Extravaganza and the Halloween Carnival. Many of the town’

Her very first project after being hired was the Marina Project, she continued noting all the changes in Carolina Beach have been incredible throughout the years! The addition of a walkway around Lake Park, Snow’s Cut Bike Trail, the upgrades in park equipment, how much Mike Chappell Park had grown offering so many different amenities while pointing out which trees she had planted. When asked what project she was most proud of, Dowling led me to the skate park where a retaining wall has stood the test of time. She added I know it’s a small thing but this wall has done its job and is solid!

While retired Dowling plans to spend lots of time spoiling her grandson, Jacob and just spending more time with family. She will still do odd jobs for the Parks and Recreation Department stating, “I really enjoy doing the Boardwalk Fish Tiles and maintaining the beach wheelchairs and plan to keep doing so after I retire.”

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