Charleston native David Bennett has devoted more than 35 years to serving his community and the park and recreation industry. His professional career started at Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission (CCPRC) as a part-time Recreation Program Specialist in 1987 and within a year and a half became the Assistant Recreation Director. In 1993, he was promoted to the Director of Recreation. In 2006, David was promoted to Associate Executive Director. In 2016, he was appointed Executive Director until his retirement in 2022.
David now serves as Charleston County Parks Foundation executive director. David has been active in a variety of professional and community organizations while maintaining a Nationally Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP). He has served on the boards of the National Recreation and Parks Association, South Carolina Parks and Recreation Association, James Island Charter High School, Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project, Charleston Heritage Education Forum, Charleston County Greenbelt Project’s Urban Grants Review Committee, Lowcountry Local First, Family Corps, Bishop Gadsden Trustees, President of the Wallingford Presbyterian Church Trustees, and the Cooper River Bridge Run Board of Directors. In addition, David’s a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the James Island Exchange Club. He is a graduate of Middleton High School and holds a Bachelor of Science in Park, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Mars Hill College, where he was recruited on a full athletic football scholarship.
David and his wife Cheryl are the proud parents of Austin, Dale, Cydney, and two rescue dogs named Jack and Little Bear. David and his wife own the Audacy Creative Arts Preschool and Audacy Rental LLC.