Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Profile: Darrel Winslow

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Profile: Darrel Winslow

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You could say that Darrell Winslow was destined to work in parks and recreation. Growing in Highpoint, North Carolina, he kept animals in the yard, built (and then accidentally burnt down) a teepee, and even created a four-foot-high see-saw for his friends to climb on. "My yard was the center of activity for the neighborhood," Winslow says.

He would parlay that adventurous spirit and entrepreneurial attitude into a 40-year career in parks and recreation where he would again and again excel at bringing the community together with his imagination.

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As one of the first graduates of NC State's industrial and rural recreation program, Winslow was drafted into the Korean War where he was stationed at Wildflecken, Germany. It was an isolated training post for American troops in the wilderness--it became the proving ground for Winslow's skills.

"They found out I had a recreation background and asked me if I wanted to be athletic director for a brand-new gym that they built for the post," explains Winslow. "I loved it. I just graduated and here I was in charge."

Winslow continued his passion for parks, specializing in creating something from nothing. …

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