THOMASVILLE — After 35 years of service to the City of Thomasville, Vickie McKiver will retire effective Dec. 31.

McKiver began with the city as a recreation center director in June of 1985, then was promoted to a program director, and for the last nine years has served as the recreation director.

During her tenure as Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, McKiver helped lead projects such as the renovation of five new playgrounds, renovations and additions to Carver Park and the Reginald Strickland Center, the addition of a 9-hole disc golf course at Memorial Park, Skate Park renovations and the major renovation project at the Central Recreation Center completed this year.

During her tenure, programs for the community have been a focal point and the recreation department has seen a steady rise in outreach to the community. These efforts were and continue to be supported by community partners such as the Thomasville Rotary Club, Tom A. Finch YMCA, Thomasville City School System, Novant Thomasville Medical Center and local foundations.

McKiver has had the opportunity to serve on a variety of community boards and still currently serves on the Communities in Schools, Thomasville board, as well as the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Davidson County.

In recognition of her work, McKiver has received the Martin Luther King Award in Thomasville. She has 34 years of service with the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association. She also has received the Arts and Humanity Award for the Dot Slick Chick Cloggers.

“Vickie was the first female recreation director for the City of Thomasville,” said Thomasville City Manager Kelly Craver. “She brought a different perspective to the job and was a large part of a number of great improvements to our recreation facilities and programming.”

— Staff report