Foster City’s growth over its 40-plus year history has been organized around achieving and maintaining the highest quality of living. A 218-acre, man-made lagoon system winds in and out of residential areas, providing a scenic backdrop as well as a central drainage basin for the sea-level community. In the city’s earliest years, industrial and commercial areas were designated to avoid interference with the development of residential neighborhoods. The result is a city layout that encourages quiet, safe living. Most of the city’s residential neighborhoods have subsequently built in a balanced mix of detached, single-family homes, condominiums and townhouses and rental complexes.
Parks & Recreation
Foster City also has more than 20 public parks, more per capita than any other city in the state. These sites are equipped with public fields, hoops, courts, trails, beaches and play areas – all of which residents enjoy at their leisure or as part of city-organized activities. Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park is a popular spot for free-time fun; the 20-acre, lakefront site is home to a perimeter trail, gazebo and recreation center. In addition, two water sports clubs operate in Foster City’s man-made lagoon system: the Bay Area Dragons Boat Club and Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe club.
Foster City boasts a mild and warm weather pattern that’s perfect for those who enjoy year-round outdoor activity. The coldest winter temperatures generally don’t dip below the mid-30s, while the warmest summer day might top out in the low-80s. Morning fog and cool ocean breezes are common. Annual rainfall averages about 20 inches, with more than half of that falling between January and March.
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