The original 1970’s Foster City recreation center was an indoor/outdoor space connected by outdoor patios. It had large wind enclosed areas for childcare and pottery uses. The architectural style inside was to be ‘Polynesian’ and to this day you will see that style mirrored in homes across Foster City, but the city has more or less given up on that style and theme for Foster City civic buildings. It was eventually re-done in the 1990’s and now, again, in the 2020’s.
You’re just 15 miles south of downtown San Francisco. But in some ways, Foster City is like a resort town.
Because there’s water all around you. There’s the quiet Grand Lagoon, a 60-acre lake and canals, reserved for sailing and swimming and sunbathing on the sandy beaches. Then on the Bay side of the island, there’ll be a Marina for power boats and water-skiing -with’ enough docking space for big cabin cruisers.
Port O’ Call, Foster City’s shopping plaza, has a parking lot for boats, as well as cars!
Foster City is part of the San Mateo School District -with excellent education from kindergarten through junior college. Foster City has the two newest schools in San Mateo with the latest advancements in teaching techniques. You’re near seven major colleges and universities.
You’re just a short ride away from the San Francisco International Airport, from centers of commerce and industry –=- and from historical missions, repertory theaters, beautiful hiking and horseback country.
It’s a good life.
read more: https://fostercitylife.org/kay-homes-foster-city-1972-its-a-good-life/
1957 – Foster City could have been a Recreation Hub & Disney like amusement center for the Bay Area
Foster City in 2022 is in the process of updating our housing element for RHNA Cycle 6 (2021-29). What did people think in 2002 vs 2022? Let’s find out! These documents were found in the Foster City Historical Society Archives. The ABAG handout for the Cycle 4 housing element, an advertisement for the General Plan Update for the housing element and a Council Corner from Councilmember Russ Harter. All written in 2002. Foster City Islander 1/16/2002 Foster City Council Corner…
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Bayside Towers. Located at 4000 and 4100 E. Third Avenue, Foster City. This article concerns another historic development in our city. And while Bayside Towers may not have the long history of some of the other developments, it still represents a novel one and is associated with some interesting history of the area and our city. The area itself, a small northeastern segment of Foster City, close to the San Mateo Bridge, interestingly enough, was referred to as Guano Island,…
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Today we are happy to share with the community the 1993 Foster City Recreation Center Feasibility Study. As Foster City launches into a new $40+ Million Dollar Recreation Center project plan it is informative to show the last major change to the recreation center. (William Walker Recreation Center) This is a 50+ page report with many details. It may be informative to current projects to understand where Foster City came from and how the recreation center has evolved over many decades.
Recently the Foster City Council started an ad hoc subcommittee called Community Beautification. Vice Mayor (2022) Froomin & Councilmember Sullivan sit on the committee. This committee is tasked with improving old signage in town and improving the user experience when people come into and navigate Foster City. “The Community Beautification Ad Hoc Subcommittee helps identify ways to improve the City’s physical image and appearance (including but not limited to the City’s entry landmarks/monuments, signs, etc.).” Councilmember Sullivan directed us to…
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1982 advertisement for Lincoln Centre. Note the spelling! Often miss-spelled when discussed in town it was/is called Lincoln “Centre” which is a more formal way to spell the word. Lincoln Center is obviously a well known location in New York City. Lincoln Property Company is a large developer and has been doing buisness in Foster City for decades.
From our archives we present this postcard that went out to Foster City residents to promote San Mateo’s Fashion Island Mall. What makes this photo unique are some of the smaller details seen in the aerial photo. Metro Tower was completed in 1986 so this photo had to be the early to mid 1980’s.