*New: Post by Parks Historian David C. Smith
*New: Piece by Outgoing Commissioner John Erwin


In my sixteen years on the Park Board, I had followed through on my commitment to the community to increase the involvement of YOUTH IN OUR PARKS, improve our fields, trails and facilities, while preserving our natural environment and improving WATER QUALITY of our lakes and creek.

I want to return to the Park Board to keep the focus on preserving the best urban park system in the country.  With your support, I was able to accomplish and lead major developments, while maintaining the urban forest and using all resources to improve and maintain the system.

I accomplished this while BALANCING THE BUDGET in tight financial times and protecting essentials to the community while supporting our neighborhood parks.  I want to continue serving the community, having put THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS into our neighborhood parks and will continue to do so.  I am committed to implementing the Comprehensive Plan I worked so hard on, our vision for the future, and will continue to work with various watersheds to keep our lakes clean.

Thanks for the support.  I will continue working for you.