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Longtime City of Salida Recreation Manager Teresa Casey was the guest of honor April 5, at a party thrown for her by the city as she retired.

“It’s been a great ride,” Casey said, adding that she felt lucky.

Retiring Salida Recreation Manager Teresa Casey (holding flowers) with Salida Mayor P.T. Wood at the retirement party hosted in her honor at the Scout Hut on Friday, April 5. Photo by Avery Martinez.

Members of the Salida City Council, Salida Fire Department, city personnel and more crowded into the Salida Scout Hut, (the recent remodeling was a Casey special project), to celebrate her accomplishments. Pool noodles, flowers, balloons, treats and rec-themed decorations adorned the ceilings, floors and roof beams.

“Salida’s a great place,” Casey said. “You know that.”

She added she had worked with great people, and added that it was an odd feeling to be going out in the world without a job.

Drew Nelson, the city administrator, described many of Casey’s accomplishments including her work at the Salida Aquatic Center, the Steamplant, local parks and playgrounds, and the renovation of the Salida Rotary Scout Hut, which Casey mentioned was one of her favorite projects. Casey also filled the role of acting city administrator during recent city administrator transitions.

Mayor P. T. Wood sang Casey’s praises, explaining that she had left a legacy behind her including a solid parks program, a city arts program and of course a thriving Salida pool and aquatic program. “All were well-stewarded,” said Wood. “She’s been quite the asset to the city.”

The mayor added, “She’s really laid the groundwork for some of the really awesome and exciting things that we want to do moving forward.”