Frank Hoyt Jr. "likes to keep busy." But he had a bonus Monday with the seasonable temperatures. "The weather is nice," Hoyt said as he took a short break from trimming the grass along the shoreline at Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk. "A little breezy down here people don't expect it, but we're right by the water."
Hoyt, "an Old East Norwalk boy," has been a seasonal groundskeeper for the parks for three years. "The first year there were three fellows," he said. "I guess with all the budget cutbacks, times are getting tight. I'm just glad to come down here. I like to keep busy."
He works six months at the park and is "only allowed to work 35 hours," but he loves Veterans Park and takes pride in its appearance. He said the grass he was cutting had been 5-feet-tall a couple of years ago. But he said people like to see the waterfront so he was keeping it short.
Hoyt is responsible for opening the park at 6:30 to 7 a.m. and closing it at 9 p.m. His father worked 27 or 28 years for the Norwalk Department of Public Works before retiring. The elder Hoyt is now in his 80s, enjoying life. The younger Hoyt has only one complaint: He wishes people were neater. "Instead of walking the five or six steps to a garbage can they throw it on the ground," Hoyt said.
The temperature on the bright sunny Monday afternoon hit 69 degrees, according to The Weather Channel . It's expected to be just as nice Tuesday.
"I'll be glad when I can wear shorts," Hoyt said.
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