Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation’s Bill Webster receives the NCRPA Meritorious Service Award

Post Date:09/18/2019 2:30 PM

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    Bill Webster, Senior Planning
    and Development Manager
    Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation

Founded in 1944, the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) is the premier nonprofit education and advocacy organization, dedicated to the advancement of the park, recreation and leisure professions in our state. NCRPA empowers park and recreation professionals and citizen board members through educational opportunities that enhance their ability to change lives and impact communities on a daily basis for the citizens of North Carolina.

Each year, the NCRPA recognizes and honors individuals who have made substantial contributions to, and impact on, the recreation and park movement. This year’s awards were presented at the 2019 Carolinas Joint Recreation & Parks Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Sept. 18.

This year’s Meritorious Service award was awarded to our very own Bill Webster, Senior Planning and Development Manager for the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department. The Meritorious Service award honors long term tenure of faithful and accomplished service to the field of recreation and parks in a local setting. 

For 29 years Bill Webster has worked as a full-time Planning and Development Manager for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. Ten years previously, he held several other positions in the Department (some simultaneously) including Interim Director, Interim Recreation Superintendent, Administrative Coordinator, Recreation Specialist I and Recreation Specialist II. 

Bill has always believed that the residents of Chapel Hill deserve the best, and he has sought out the development of innovative and unique facilities and services. For example, Bill led successful efforts to develop one of the first skate parks in the state, a batting cage complex and the nation’s first municipally owned indoor climbing wall which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. (The climbing wall also hosts the longest-running indoor climbing competition in the USA!)

Bill Webster contributed heavily toward the development of a unified Town Mobility Plan in Chapel Hill that connects all forms of non-motorized transportation within the Town in an effort to reduce carbon footprint and expand our bike and pedestrian greenways. For the past 5 years he has assisted Pilot Mt. State Park in North Carolina with its rock climbing management program.

Bill was the founder of the Friends of Chapel Hill Parks, Recreation and Greenways and served as the staff liaison for 31 years.  Bill has been project leader on two department master plans, three greenways master plans, three community parks, an aquatics center, a new gymnasium, several new community playgrounds, and a neighborhood park.

Bill’s passion, commitment, and vision for the future has paved a way for future generations to enjoy our many precious outdoor resources and preserve them for years to come. The team at the Town of Chapel Hill can attest that he will truly leave a legacy through his hard work that all of Chapel Hill will enjoy for years to come.

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