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Happy Holidays

Hello, my Washington City friends,

I hope all is well with you. We as a city council want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. When I was a teenager, we used to go swimming a lot at the Boiler’s Pond which was just about a ½ mile from my house. We had all sorts of fun hanging out together and cooling off in the water. At times, in those days, the pond would collect a lot of trash from the nearby freeway and from people dumping nearby or leaving their bottles and garbage from parties held at the site. One summer afternoon my friend Shane Chandler and I (Shane was the son of the Washington City police chief) hiked over to the pond and went for a swim. While walking in the soft sand at the bottom of the pond Shane cut his foot deeply on a broken beer bottle. We wrapped his bleeding foot up the best we could with one of our shirts and with his arm over my shoulder, I helped him hop all the way home to get some first aid on his foot. We wore shoes or sandals at the pond from that time forward. When I go to our award-winning Boiler’s Park, I always remember that experience. I am so glad that previous city council members had the wisdom and the foresight to turn that beautiful pond into an area that our entire community can enjoy. We are blessed with many parks, trails and recreational opportunities in our city that provide wonderful places for us to gather. It is important for residents old and young to be able to get out and enjoy our wonderful area with places to have wholesome and healthy recreational experiences. Our Parks and Recreation Department under the leadership of Barry Blake is second to none. I am excited about our new Wheels Park coming to the South Washington Fields area. We have needed a park in this area for a long time. It will be another award-winning park with all kinds of features and amenities that individuals and families will be able to enjoy for generations to come. As always, we on the city council and the mayor are here to serve and represent you to the best of our abilities. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email us or give us a call.

 –Bret Henderson, Washington City Council


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