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CSD's Lowery to retire

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Wayne Lowery, general manager of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District for two decades, is planning to step down. “Our community will miss Wayne’s leadership,” said CSD Board President Noelle Mattock. “His stewardship of the CSD over the past 20 years has been vital to making El Dorado Hills such an outstanding place to live.” When Lowery arrived at the CSD in 1990, there were eight public parks. Now there are 19 with a broad range of amenities that include additional athletic fields, spray grounds, courts for various sports, community swimming pool, skate park, Teen Center and other building facilities in addition to picnic areas and playgrounds. There now are 22 Landscape and Lighting Assessment Districts for streetscapes and medians, plus 90 acres of undeveloped parks and open space. During Lowery’s tenure, the CSD has had a 2,000 percent increase in recreation programs and has received awards for safety, communications, and financial reporting, according to a press release issued by the organization. In 1990, the population of El Dorado Hills was 6,395 while the current population is estimated at more than 35,000. “Being at the CSD for the past 20 years has been a tremendous experience,” said Lowery. “I will miss the CSD team and being at the center of so much that’s happening here, but I’m looking forward to having time to do things in retirement that I’ve always wanted to do.” Lowery has been a familiar face at charitable events throughout the community. Locally, he is active in the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and serves as an adviser to the Oak Ridge High School Interact Club. He also is an active member and past president of the California Park and Recreation Society. Lowery has had a 41-year career in parks and recreation that includes positions at the National Recreation & Park Association, Fair Oaks & Arden Manor Park Districts in Sacramento, and City of Mission Viejo. He moved to El Dorado Hills with his family in 1985. Lowery plans to retire later this summer. His successor has not been named. ~ Staff report