1898

Frank Brewer purchases the future site of Foster City for a dairy farm.

1898

Frank Brewer purchases the future site of Foster City for a dairy farm.

1925

The original San Mateo Bridge begins construction to connect to the East Bay.

1925

The original San Mateo Bridge begins construction to connect to the East Bay.

1958

T. Jack Foster purchases Brewer Island as the site for his new city project.

1958

T. Jack Foster purchases Brewer Island as the site for his new city project.

1961

Ground is broken on the site. A massive fill operation commences to raise the level of the original island.

1961

Ground is broken on the site. A massive fill operation commences to raise the level of the original island.

1963

The first houses are completed in Neighborhood 1.

1963

The first houses are completed in Neighborhood 1.

1964

The first Foster City residents move in on Pilgrim Drive.

1964

The first Foster City residents move in on Pilgrim Drive.

1965

The original Foster City School opens.

1965

The original Foster City School opens.

1966

Foster City exceeds 5,000 residents.

1966

Foster City exceeds 5,000 residents.

1967

The Foster City Association of Black Residents is formed.

1967

The Foster City Association of Black Residents is formed.

1968

Audubon School and Hillbarn Theatre open.

1968

Audubon School and Hillbarn Theatre open.

1969

Bowditch Middle School opens.

1969

Bowditch Middle School opens.

1970

The City of San Mateo rejects the annexation of Foster City.

1970

The City of San Mateo rejects the annexation of Foster City.

1971

Foster City is incorporated and Wayne McFadden becomes the first mayor.

1971

Foster City is incorporated and Wayne McFadden becomes the first mayor.

1972

William Walker becomes mayor.

1972

William Walker becomes mayor.

1976

Substantial improvements are made along the Bay Trail including tree planting and preservation of wildlife habitat.

1976

Substantial improvements are made along the Bay Trail including tree planting and preservation of wildlife habitat.

1979

Central Park renamed Leo J. Ryan Park.

1979

Central Park renamed Leo J. Ryan Park.

1983

The Foster City birthday celebration and the Art & Wine Festival are merged into one event.

1983

The Foster City birthday celebration and the Art & Wine Festival are merged into one event.

1984

Construction begins on the new Foster City Elementary School.

1984

Construction begins on the new Foster City Elementary School.

1988

Kids Connection opens for Preschool.

1988

Kids Connection opens for Preschool.

1992

Foster City Community Chorus is founded.

1992

Foster City Community Chorus is founded.

1995

Brewer Island Elementary School opens.

1995

Brewer Island Elementary School opens.

1997

The new Foster City Library and Community Center is opened.

1997

The new Foster City Library and Community Center is opened.

1999

A new Dog Park opens at Foster City Blvd. and Bounty Dr.

1999

A new Dog Park opens at Foster City Blvd. and Bounty Dr.

2000

The Senior Wing addition to the Recreation Center is completed.

2000

The Senior Wing addition to the Recreation Center is completed.

2001

The old Council Chambers are torn down, and new construction begins.

2001

The old Council Chambers are torn down, and new construction begins.

2003

The new Government Center complex opens, including new City Hall, Council Chambers, Police Department, and Fire Department.

2003

The new Government Center complex opens, including new City Hall, Council Chambers, Police Department, and Fire Department.

2005

A massive refurbishment of Leo J. Ryan Park, including construction of 2 bocce ball courts, is completed.

2005

A massive refurbishment of Leo J. Ryan Park, including construction of 2 bocce ball courts, is completed.

2009

The new VIBE Teen Center opens.

2009

The new VIBE Teen Center opens.

2015

3 new parks, Baywinds, Shorebird, and Bridgeview, are open to the public.

2015

3 new parks, Baywinds, Shorebird, and Bridgeview, are open to the public.

2021

Foster City celebrates its 50th birthday!

2021

Foster City celebrates its 50th birthday!