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Pender County Hires New Parks and Rec Director

BURGAW – Pender County Manager Randell Woodruff announced the hiring of Doug Shipley as the director of the county’s new parks and recreation department.

Shipley, of Wilmington, has a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College in Maryland. He has extensive experience in athletic and recreation facility management, recreation management, and event management.

“This is a new director position in Pender County,” said Woodruff. “Mr. Shipley has the skills and experience to bring recreational programming and park development to the residents of Pender County.”

“I have experience spanning two decades in the parks and recreation field,” said Shipley. “I look forward to contributing to the development of the Pender County Parks and Recreation Department.”

Pender County is expanding the parks and recreation department to grow programs and activities for all the county’s growing population.

Pender County currently operates three parks – Hampstead Kiwanis Park, Miller’s Pond, and Pender Memorial Park ballfields. Additionally, Pender County operates the Holly Shelter Shooting Range in conjunction with North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.

For more information regarding Pender County’s parks system call 910-259-1330 or visit online at

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