Charlie Davis: Local 224, Shorewood

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Charlie Davis at a water-logged Manor Park in Shorewood.

Davis is retiring this year after 29 years working for Shorewood, a western suburb on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. This year’s long winter and rainy spring were among the most challenging of his long career.

“We’re talking grass that was a foot deep,” Davis says. “I mowed one ball field the other day – I found 18 baseballs in it. It was that bad. That’s the kind of year it’s been.”

Even on a bad day, there are fringe benefits. “There’s people, I can tell you what time they’re going to be there, what they’re going to bring – a dog, a kid – I know. I may not know every one of their names, but I know their face. And we always wave.”

Then there’s the senior center at Freeman Park. “Now that I’m up there in age, it’s getting fun to know these people,” he jokes.