Spring has sprung and warm days are here, at least for now. My town, Foster City, is a Planned Community
that sits on about four square miles of bog. When it was first planned, back in the late 1960s, two Planned Communities were being developed simultaneously in the US. In the west was Foster City, and in the
east, Columbia, Maryland; very similar in feeling but different in climate, for sure. Within the four square miles are 18 parks sitting on about 100 acres of land set aside. That’s pretty amazing for such a small town. There are five miles of lagoons winding through town which is why the city is called the “City of Blue
Lagoons”. The Army Corps of Engineers designed the pumps that maintain water levels throughout the lagoons.
People spend a great deal of time outdoors all year round whether playing tennis, running on the Bayside Path, rollerblading around the lake at Leo Ryan Park, or participating in one of the many sports on
the many fields in use for soccer, baseball or other sports.
Since recreation is big here, you can learn how to wind sail in the Lake, where lessons are given
during the summer. Boating is a great activity and what makes it even better is that no motor boats are allowed in the lagoons only sailboats, electric boats (Duffys), or paddle boats can be used. You can often see sculling practice taking place with teams from Stanford and other local universities. Dragon Boat races have taken place here and its great fun to watch the various teams practicing this interesting sport. Kayaks glide through the waters regularly and last summer, kayaking was taught through the Park & Rec. department. If youre lucky enough to live on the water, its possible to take your boat and go shopping at Albertsons, meet friends for dinner at one of several restaurants with docks, or during the Fourth Of July fireworks, sit in the water under the fireworks and freezing your you-know-what-off.
For a town with a population around 30,000, the Fourth of July is a big, big deal. The Pancake Breakfast starts the day and many activities continue on until evening. By 4 PM, two major streets (Shell Blvd. and Hillsdale Blvd) are closed to all traffic in anticipation of the huge crowd that will descend on our town. By 9 PM, when its finally dark, its estimated that over 100,000 people have crowed in to see the 15 minutes of fireworks. If its a clear evening, and it isn’t always, you can often see fireworks from two other locations around here as well as ours. The fireworks are set off from a barge sitting in the lake across from the shopping center.