2009-02-27 / Community

Gets A Push From Gateway Employees

On our last snowy morning Don Rodrigues was headed to the Fisherman's Parking Lot at Gateway National Recreation Area, where, he says, you might think you are walking on the Massachusetts coast.

Rodrigues tried to drive through some 14-inch drifts that had blown across the access road from the playing fields ... and was surprised to find his van stuck, rear wheels spinning. The wind chill made it 5 degrees, he says, and he was without a shovel. "Within ten minutes of digging with my window scraper I had to give up, my fingers and toes were warning me," he says.

"I was very happy to hear a motor approaching — it was one of the white Parks Department trucks you see every now and then. After a quick radio call there were extra helpers on the scene. I was pulled out and able to go on my way," he told The Wave.

Rodrigues wants to thank those who helped him.

"These are the men and women who not only patrol and maintain, they are vigilant and concerned. I hope this note is published, to send thanks and to remind the community of the role our Parks Department employees play," he says. "Our natural areas are precious, a fragile haven that requires the attention given by supporters and keepers."

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