Park Maintenance Supervisor Retires After 21 Years of Service

Park Maintenance Supervisor Retires After 21 Years of Service

Park Maintenance Supervisor Retires After 21 Years of Service

By / Local News / Monday, 25 July 2022 16:54

The Carolina Beach Parks and Recreation Department sent out a HUGE THANK YOU to Margaret Wehrman Dowling for her many years of service to the Town of Carolina Beach! “Margaret retired today with over 21 years of service.  She started with the Town on October 10, 2000 and accomplished so much through various projects at the Recreation Center and parks.  She will be missed, but I’m sure we will continue to see her at events and parks throughout town.  Enjoy your well-earned retirement!!!”

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 and 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 is also guaranteed to be spotted at the Katie B. Hines Senior Center, especially their Pancake Breakfast fundraiser held on the first Saturday of each month! 

 

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