A Roseburg public works employee has earned national recognition for the work he did in renovating one of the city’s oldest parks.
Rick Castle, an engineering technician who has worked in the city’s public works department for 20 years, won an Everyday Heroes Award last week from the Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association, during its fall conference.
Castle won the award for his critical role in renovating Beulah Park, located at 1284 NE Beulah Ave., between Lincoln and Nash streets, in Northeast Roseburg. The 6.85-acre park was completely renovated, and city officials celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in July. The renovation included removing the old playground equipment and installing new equipment, which included ADA-accessible equipment, and adding access paths, sidewalks, landscaping, shade trees and a new basketball court surface.
Castle designed the entire project, and also managed and coordinated the work of about 20 city employees plus contractors throughout the course of the project, which began in late February, according to a news release from the city of Roseburg.
Castle designed the renovation and served as project manager to help stretch a roughly $158,000 Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant farther. The total project cost was about $260,000.
Knowing the grant would only fund approximately 60% of the project, the city decided to manage the project and perform as much of the work as possible.
Castle designed the project; performed project surveying work; coordinated purchase, delivery and installation of ADA-accessible playground equipment; managed a construction contract for concrete work; coordinated installation of the Forever Lawn synthetic grass playground surface; coordinated work by city street and parks crews; and maintained proper records for the grant, according to the news release.
“Beulah Park would not be what it is without Rick’s efforts,” Roseburg Public Works Director Brice Perkins said. “It was really above and beyond the call of duty what he did there and I just wanted to see him get recognized.”
The American Public Works Association’s Everyday Heroes Award is a recognition program that honors public works employees identified by their peers, supervisors and customers for providing good customer service, making the best use of public resources, helping coworkers succeed and being a great person to work with, according to the association.
“Thousands of men and women in Oregon provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as ‘public works.’ Their efforts improve the quality of life for present and future generations. These public servants often serve society and the public good, every day, with quiet dedication but without public recognition,” the association stated in the online nomination form.