Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis requested we publish this letter she wrote to City of Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite, who is leaving later this month for a job in Redmond.
Thank you for your wonderful service and dedication that you have given the City and Community. I know there are many folks that have the same feelings of admiration and respect for you as you have crossed so many paths during your tenure with the City.
As you know we have had many wonderful joyful events after each major project completion and worked side by side on many projects that are still on the books continuing, but on track. Your dedication to your staff and all the many hats you had to wear has not gone unnoticed. I know I speak for many as it has been an honor working with you and helping you achieve a wonderful legacy within the Parks and Recreations Department.
I know when opportunity knocks — one must move through the open door and I am happy for you. But I am also sad as we will all miss that twinkle in your eye, that cackle in you laugh and your unbelievably seemingly endless energy. I still chuckle at how we rushed through those museums in DC – but we saw a lot, especially in the Portrait Gallery. Your exuberance is always positive and heartwarming and I will miss that for sure.
But I know you will be back to experience the finales of the Edmonds Waterfront Center, Civic Field, and completion of the Edmonds Marsh Estuary Restoration.
Happy park trails Ms. Hite and best of luck in creating a new legacy in the wonderful environmentally friendly City of Redmond that has over 1,350 acres of park land!