"We. Are. Fam-il-y."
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"We. Are. Fam-il-y."

In keeping with my theme as your councilman who loves to incorporate song lyrics into my articles…

Sister Sledge wrote this song in the late 70's. So why refer to it now? Foster City is home to some of the finest parks in the county and even California. At our last City Council meeting, I had the pleasure to read and present a proclamation declaring July as "Parks Make Life Better Month." Our staff who maintains our parks act as a family and treat each park as their own personal home. Kevin Miller, Director of Parks & Recreation, has instilled a team mantra, PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION, which carries through to each person. In January of this year, the Park & Recreation Department met for their annual retreat. As the council liaison to the Park & Recreation Committee and a new council member, I had the privilege to speak with them for a few minutes. My message was simple – "WE ARE FAMILY!"

For more than 40 years, Foster City has held true that our park system needs to be the model for every other city to emulate. Our athletic fields need to be first class so the youth in Foster City have fantastic places to practice and play – just like the fields at Sea Cloud Park, Catamaran and Port Royal and soon a much needed improvement to Edgewater Park.

Under the leadership of Parks & Recreation Director, Kevin Miller, one thing has been consistent - that "youth sports" play a vital part in our community. Thus, our fields need to represent a quality second to none. A philosophy Kevin and his staff have adopted.

My personal involvement in Foster City youth sports comes from being a coach in Little League and Pony/Colt leagues. I saw firsthand how our athletic fields were being taken care of. In fact, when other teams visited from other cities, they all raved about how well our fields are maintained.

During my tenure as President of FCYBA (Foster City Youth Baseball Association), I had the chance once again to interact with the parks staff, who I could tell continued to take pride in their job and made sure that our fields were always in top shape! They did it expertly and with a smile.

Last week while out in the community, I was talking with a parent whose daughter plays on the 10U(b) girl's softball team - FLASH! She told me that over the past month, they played in four weekend tournaments in the Bay Area and ended with a perfect 23-0 record. Wow. Great job, girls. The team is coached by Steve Sutter. It appears that these girls have been playing together for over three years, go to school together and best of all – the parents are all close friends…one might even say like FAMILY.

I, too, had the same experience when my sons were in youth sports. Today, the kids (now young adults!) and parents remain just as close as family!

Their next tournament is the Nor-Cal ASA Junior Olympic Championship Tournament in Sunnyvale California (June 27-29), where they will compete with teams from all over Northern CA. (ASA: Amateur Softball Association of America) The top 10 teams go on to Western Nationals which will be held July 30-Aug 3 in Roseville, CA.

For more information on the FCYSA and to follow the team, go to http://www.fcysa.org

As we get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, get out of your home and enjoy YOUR parks, because PARKS MAKE LIFE BETTER!

Please share any comments with me at gpollard@fostercity.org or 650-286-3505 

"We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing!"

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Council Corner

June 25, 2014
"We. Are. Fam-il-y."

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