In engineering parlance, the Dan Smith Community Park is “substantially complete.” WAHOO!
For us non-engineers, that means enough of the pieces are in place and working that we can hold the official unveiling — which is set for Thursday October 20th at 4:30 pm — at (where else?) the Dan Smith Park in downtown Kent.
The Dan Smith Park is a great way to honor Dan’s legacy and it’s full of reminders of what made Dan so special to our community.
Dan was famous for his performances with his rock band so a stage is a central feature of the park.
Dan was a dedicated dad, train buff, and weekend visitor at the Ohio River so there’s an emphasis on providing space for kids and families that centers around a train, a water feature, and other natural outdoor elements.
Dan loved people, sharing stories and laughs — so the park is laid out with plenty of room to relax, kick back, hang out, people watch, and socialize. You’ll find games, Adirondack chairs and tables, and swinging benches all of which reflect a part of Dan.
Dan could always rally the community for a great cause and he saved his best work for last — a Park dedicated in his honor.
I miss him every day but the opening of the Park makes sure we have a piece of him close-by, whenever we need him.