WILMINGTON — Lori Kersey Williams, retiring Superintendent of Wilmington Parks and Recreation, spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon about what has been happening at the city parks.
Williams stated that so much has been accomplished in the five years of her tenure because individuals took initiative and because the county commissioners recognized that the parks are for the entire county and surrounding areas.
She said $450,000 has been raised for the Splash Park and Skate Park. The Splash Park is off to a great start and has been well used over these past hot days.
The Dog Park is also well utilized and dog owners are taking initiative it keeping it well maintained and stock with dog toys.
When asked what she has taken away from her five years as superintendent, Williams said that she has realized, “You can do more than you thought you could with less than you need.”
Williams introduced the new superintendent, Jermaine Isaac.
Isaac is a native of Detroit and came to Wilmington as a student-athlete at Wilmington College. He was a member of the football and track teams at Wilmington College.
He graduated with a degree in Sports Management. After graduation, he was the Camp Director at Camp Joy for eight years.
Most recently, he was the senior recreation sports director for the City of Dayton.
Isaac is excited to be returning to Wilmington and hopes to continue the standard of excellence set by Williams during her tenure. He would like to expand the impact of the Parks on the community and continue community involvement with the Parks system.
Future projects at the park will include:
• Fitness zone
• Remodel restrooms
• Wooden playground needs to be replaced with a modern play-set.
• Big dreams – an indoor recreation center.
“I’m excited to be joining the city in this role and looking forward to continuing the standard of excellence of our parks, trails and programming,” hIsaac said. “Wilmington has been great to my family and me. We love it here and can’t wait to play, discover and celebrate with our community!”