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City Parks Director Gary Robinson announced in a heartfelt note that he is planning to retire after being with the city for 33 years. 

Here is the full text of an email that Robinson has sent...

I have worked for the City of Anacortes for 33 years and every one of those days I have tried hard to do what is best for the majority of our community and believe now that my time has come to retire.  I am planning on working through early next year and am hopeful that a new person can be in place by then to continue the amazing work that has gone on in the Parks and Recreation Department over the past 100 years.

It has been an incredible 33 years.  Collectively this community has accomplished a great deal in the areas of Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space.  I am proud to have been a part of that.  I am honored to have had amazing co-workers in the Parks and Recreation Department and around the rest of the City.  I have had the opportunity to work with incredible Mayors, Council Members and members of various Boards and Commissions.  I have been humbled to work with an inspiring array of community service groups, other public agencies, private donors, volunteers, etc.  My biggest joy has been the community in general and how it supports and enjoys our vast park, open space, trails and recreation systems.  It has been an honor to serve this community.  I thank you all for your support over the years.

Just so you don’t think it’s weird that there won’t be any going away activities that the City does for me, I have asked the City to not recognize me in any way for my years of service to the City.  I firmly believe that it was my privilege to serve our citizens and there is no thanks needed other than the pure joy it brings me to see people using the programs and facilities I played a part in helping our community develop and preserve.

I’m looking forward to being a private citizen and contributing to the politics and conversations of this amazing community.

Thanks again to all it has been an honor to be able to be a public servant for all these years.