ONLINE UPDATE: County names new parks, gardens director

by Kelly Corbett
Thursday, December 6, 2012

The current New Hanover County Parks and Gardens manager will move up the ranks to director on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Tara Duckworth has been employed as manager since 2010 and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in parks and recreation management from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

County manager Chris Coudriet made the announcement on Thursday, Dec. 6, about the position formerly held by Jim McDaniel, who was terminated on Sept. 24. Since that time, the county parks and gardens department formally separated from the Senior Resources Center.

Duckworth’s responsibilities will include coordination of parks bond projects, supervision of administration staff and community group advocacy.

“Tara Duckworth brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in parks and recreation facilities,” Coudriet stated in a press release. “She is highly regarded among her peers and I’m confident she will help New Hanover County move ahead into a new era with our parks, green spaces and recreation facilities.”

Duckworth will lead 47 full-time and 19 part-time employees who are responsible for managing the 31 county parks and Airlie Gardens.

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