SPOKANE, Wash. – On Thursday, Visit Spokane planned to honor professionals working in the travel and tourism industry at the 15th Annual Tourism Awards.
For the third time, Riverfront Park’s facilities and grounds foreperson, Dave Randolph, is up for the “Heart of the House award.” He has worked at the park for three decades, making his rounds long before the sun rises.
“I absolutely love coming into work every day,” Randolph said. “I get paid for working in one of the most beautiful parks anywhere in the country.”
From security to grounds keeping, to cleaning up graffiti and vandalism, the Spokane native does it all. His staff says he leads by example, believing it’s everyone’s duty to look out for the parks.
“People are always commenting on how nice the park looks,” Randolph said. “It’s because you pay attention to detail.
Randolph turns 55 years old on Saturday. He will spend his birthday in the park, working until 1 a.m. cleaning up after the Armed Forces Torchlight Parade. He will return to work at 4 a.m. the following day.
“When you get excited about your job every morning, that’s a gift,” Randolph said. “That’s something that I don’t take for granted.”
The tourism awards were scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday. Also up for the “Heart of the House” award are Bob Blum of Northern Quest Resort & Casino and Amiee McCabe of The Davenport Collection.