Managed open spaces and recreational sites enhance quality of life by connecting us to the area in which we live. They provide clean and safe areas to congregate together – or get away from it all. You may not know it, but the City’s Parks Maintenance Division (one permanent employee) tends to 15 separate properties (and 8 pet-waste stations around town to help keep the public areas clean!)
During the summer, daily rounds cover 14 miles of property and take between 2-5 hours each day. The rotation occurs 5-6 days a week and most holidays. From cleaning BBQ Grills and the woodstove at Skater’s Cabin, to emptying trash cans and refilling pet waste bags, to cutting brush and caring for the flowers. How about the fish cleaning station, or the four public bathrooms, two outhouses and Odiak showers? Did you know that the Division also reads the meters at Odiak Camper Park and enforces the rental agreement guidelines at both RV Parks?
The winter is no time to slack off with 3 properties tended to on a daily basis and others rotating two per week. Snow removal is a significant task, taking 4 hours if it only snows once during the day. If it continues to snow, the rounds continue until the end of the work day.
The Division spends an average of 25.5 hours per week maintaining the pool and 16 hours per week performing maintenance at Bidarki. These hours don’t even include the big projects like resurfacing the gym floor, boiler maintenance, and winterizing the outdoor facilities!
Obviously, there’s more work than can be done by one. Temps, volunteers, and teammates all pitch in to make sure our parks and facilities are a great asset. See where your money goes – get outdoors and check out all of the City’s 15 managed properties. While you out looking, be sure to say hello to the Parks and Rec team!