Rec & Park Department News: October 2011

This month, in addition to announcing this year’s Scaregrove in Stern Grove, RPD wanted to take time careplus pharmacy to thank three individuals from the Rec and

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Park family who have really made a difference in our parks over the years, who exemplify the type of employee every city park department across the country would love to have. We’ve been lucky to have all three gardeners serve our city parks for a combined 83 years– Joe Faulkner, Terry McDevitt and Carter Church.

Joe Faulkner retires after 38 years with the city, a career that began in 1973 – only one year before his father Charlie retired from the City in 1974. Together, Joe and his father represent over 76 years of continuous family history working for the City.

As a kid, Joe worked at Harding Park, picking up golf balls at the driving range for golf pro Joey Rey. Joe is an accomplished golfer in his own right, playing in 40 San Francisco City Golf Tournaments. He is a two-time Harding Park Men’s Club champion, and Joe and his son Daniel are two-time Family Golf Tournament champions, held annually at the Golden Gate Park Golf Course.

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In 1980 Joe received a Bachelor of Arts degree in recreation from San Francisco State University. He was a gardener at Lincoln Park for 11 years and has taken care of the Golden Gate Park Golf Course for the past 17 years, keeping it maintained at a high level and even enduring a much-publicized vandalism incident at the course in 2010.

Joe has also worked at Harding Park for the American Express Tournament in 2005 and for the Charles Schwab Cup in 2010, two flagship events that have helped make San Francisco a world-renowned golfing destination.

Joe is married to his beautiful wife Carol and together they have three children, Michael, Daniel and Kelly. Joe is looking forward to retirement, playing golf, staying involved in the golf community and traveling with his wife.


Terry McDevitt is also retiring and has worked for the department for more than 40 years, or as his friend and supervisor Robert Sheets says, since the dawn of time.

Terry first worked as a temp worker along Ocean Beach, cleaning bathrooms, but soon got permanent status as a gardener working in Golden Gate Park’s East End, where he was credited with several improvements to the area.

Terry has also worked at Stern Grove and has spent the last 17 years working at West Sunset Playground, where he has excelled as a groundskeeper, caring for the popular and heavily used soccer fields and ball diamonds. While he started with two other gardeners at West Sunset, staff attrition soon left him there on his own, however, the quality of the park never suffered. To this date, Terry’s diamonds are some of the most requested and least complained about fields in the system.

At one point in his career, Terry took voice lessons to become a DJ. Although he wasn’t cut out for the job, he soon became articulate in the verbal arts. The nickname “Silver Tongue” still follows him genericviagra100mg-quality to this day as he’s often found at public meetings participating in discussions on park issues. Terry also continues to be active in Local 261, where he is a shop steward.

As an employee, Terry is a supervisor’s dream, often taking care of issues before his supervisor even talks to him about them. According to Robert, a typical conversation between him and Terry goes like this:

Robert: “Hey, Terry. Just got a call. We have a line break at West….”

Terry: “Already dug it out and called the plumbers…”

Robert: “Okay…see you at lunch.”


Carter Church has worked for the department for a little over five years. He first worked in the Mission under Adrian Field and then transferred to Section Two in Golden Gate Park, where he was responsible for the Shakespeare Garden and one-third of the Japanese Tea Garden.

While working for the department he personally pursued additional academic status on his own time, elevating his own skills and of those around him by forwarding on whatever he had just learned.

His supervisor, James McCormick recently said, “Every gardener is a painter of the landscape. Some people like chaos and color, others prefer sharp lines, symmetrical angles and clutter, while more desire order and method. Carter’s character and eye were of warmth, patience, and strategy; his personal style brought sensitivity and intelligence to his beats and to his crew. He made everyone want to come to work, because he was never just a coworker but a friend as well. We all miss and love you in Section Two.”

Last month, Food & Wine Magazine, a national publication, named the Shakespeare Garden as one of the nation’s top picnic spots, an honor that is a direct result of Carter’s hard work and passion.

Although Joe, Terry and Carter won’t be part of the everyday dealings at Rec and Park anymore, they’ll always be part of our Rec and Park family and always have a special place in my heart.
Scaregrove Returns to Stern Grove!

It’s a Halloween event for the entire family! Featuring a haunted house, hay rides, arts & crafts, giant inflatables, and carnival rides.

Date: 10/28/2011
Time: 4:00 PM -9:00 PM
Fee: $8 per person for all-access pass
Location: Stern Grove
Address: Sloat at 19th Avenue | San Francisco CA 94116
Ages: Family

Go To: or download the flier for more details!

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