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Blaine Public Works has several divisions. In the summer the Parks Division is one of the most visible in the community with a team of 12 full-time staff and up to 18 seasonal summer employees. Together, they form a cohesive unit, working diligently to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of Blaine’s parks and recreational areas.
The scope of their responsibilities is extensive, covering the care of Lakeside Commons Beach, three athletic complexes, and all 67 parks throughout Blaine. They are also responsible for maintaining buildings, playgrounds, trash pickup, and creating a safe and enjoyable environment for all. They paint field lines at ballparks, trim trees, and assess the health and vitality of Blaine’s urban forest.
Even during the winter season, the Parks Division remains active. You will find them braving the elements, flooding ice rinks and plowing snow. Ensuring that residents can continue to embrace outdoor activities, no matter the weather.
This year, the Parks Division has embarked on several big projects aimed at enhancing Blaine’s parks and recreational facilities. They recently removed over 400 trees infested by emerald ash borer at Pioneer Park and the Blaine Baseball Complex. There are also plans for the replacement of playground equipment at Xylite Park, Palmer Park, and Sunnyside Park, providing children with modern and engaging play areas. Another big project is the rehabilitation of the disc golf course at Lochness Park, creating an exceptional destination for disc golf enthusiasts to enjoy.
The work of the Parks Division ensures that Blaine parks remain a source of joy, relaxation, and inspiration for the entire community.