Day three of the Weston University program focused on the operations of Weston’s parks and recreation, landscaping, and public works departments.
The day began with an introduction by Don Decker, Weston’s Director of Parks and Recreation. He led students through an exercise to design their own “dream” park and then took the class on a tour of several of the city’s parks.
Assistant City Manager/COO Karl Thompson, PE, provided insight on the City’s Public Works operations including water, sewer, storm water, Geographic Information System services and street maintenance.
Afterward, Thad Bielicki, Director of Landscaping, spoke to students about landscape maintenance and the impact it has on the City’s aesthetics and environment.
The day concluded with a visit to Weston’s mitigation area, where students witnessed a Vac-con truck in action and toured a pumping station.
This month, students will learn about Weston’s Law Enforcement Services with a visit to the Weston Police Services Building and field trip to the Broward Sheriff’s Office gun range at Markham Park. Last month, the Weston U program focused on Development Services including Planning & Zoning as well as Engineering.
Weston University is a one-of-a-kind program that allows students to explore the various departments and agencies that make up our local government. One Wednesday each month, this select group of high school students are excused from class to attend a special civics course taught by Weston’s city leaders.