Mayor Lightfoot's visit to Smith Park included a baseball game


Mayor Lightfoot, top center, and Alderman Burnett (top right) relax at baseball game with David Ramos (l) and Nani Almendarez at Smith Park

With the sun shining brightly, Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot stopped at Smith Park and took in some baseball after a tour of the active park at 2526 W. Grand Ave., 

"She picked a great day. Many families were taking advantage of the parks activities and she stayed to watch ball games," explained David R. Ramos, President, Smith Park Advisory Council. "There was no press, no entourage, just the mayor being an ordinary citizen and speaking with families. 

"We are grateful that Mayor Lightfoot took the time out of her busy schedule to stop at our park," said Ramos 


Mayor Lightfoot is flanked on the right by Art Richardson and left by Daniel Hernandez

Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr., 27th Ward; Chicago Park District's Art Richardson, Central Region Manager; Smith Park's Supervisor Daniel Hernandez; and Smith Park's Advisory Council Vice President, Nani Almendarez were all part of the tour and the baseball game.

Ramos, who has been president of the advisory council since 2014, stated the park's success is a direct result of the families, volunteers, coaches, park district staff and officials that makeup the Smith Park "family.  They are the ones who make Smith Park a great place to visit and to raise children." 

The advisory council works closely with the park supervisor Daniel Hernandez coordinating the parks programming and yearly activities, according to Ramos.

Hernandez recently celebrated his first year as Smith Park supervisor in August. Hernandez comes with many years of experience working for the parks in the south and north regions. For more information about Smith Park, call the park at 312.742.7534. 



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