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Parks and Rec People In the Trenches: The Hardest Working People in Foster City

Parks and Rec Maintenance Workers Deserve Your Thanks

When you look around Foster City it's clear that we have an amazing community. Our public safety workers keep our city free of crime. I receive the Police log daily, and I'm shocked at the number of people who are picked up and arrested for various crimes/outstanding warrants from as far away as Morgan Hill and Fremont. This happens almost daily. If your community is crime free, you should thank the police officers that work here.

In my humble opinion of some of the hardest working Foster City employees are the Maintenance people with the Parks and Rec Dept of Foster City. With one of the highest number of parks in any city  in the bay area, it's astonishing how pristine each and every one of these parks are. You can thank these workers for that.

The first time I visited the park near my home on Marlin Ave, I thought it was amazing and lovely. Over the past 7 years, I periodically would see some of the maintenance workers in the parks, and thought how can they do it? Three years ago, working in near 100 degree temps, I once passed one of these maintenance  workers digging a drainage ditch in the hot sun. He was sweating and clearly working hard, yet he said hello. 

At the Foster City Dog Park these workers must enter the enclosed area to empty the large garbage receptacles that are full of.....well...."doggy stuff" (Even on the Weekends) I have seen large dogs lunge at a woman with Parks and Rec maintenance crew, while she tried to do her job. She was clearly in a precarious situation, yet she would calmly ask the dog owners to please hold onto their dogs while she was in the enclosed area.

There have also been Dog Park visitors that have actually told these workers to stop mowing the greenbelts because the noise disturbed their dogs. I know this to be factual because I was there when it once happened. Imagine someone asking you to stop doing your job, at a park, when you work for the Parks and Rec Dept...... 

On another occasion a Foster City maintenance worker ask a park visitor to not smoke in the park. The visitor, threw his lit cigarette in the the worker's face. If you think these people just mow the lawn, you are mistaken.

I have also seen some of these workers out at 6:30 in the morning.

If you enjoy the many pristine parks in this amazing community these people deserve your thanks. Next time you pass one of these people in the field with Parks and Rec, do just that.

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