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MEET KELLY SMITH: CLARENDON HILLS PARK DISTRICT NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT OF RECREATION
Kelly Smith grew up in the northwestern Illinois town of Belvidere, and throughout her early years she always found herself active with and passionate about youth sports, participating in track, swimming and volleyball through her local YMCA and Park District. When she headed to college, a career in recreation seemed to be a perfect fit for this natural athlete, and she received a BS in Recreation and an MS in Administration from Illinois State University in Normal, serving as a Graduate Assistant during the course of her education. For more than two decades, Smith has worked in the field of recreation with positions at the Belvidere Park District, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Club of Livingston County, YMCA of Stanislaus County in California, Mundelein Park District, Niles Park District, and for the past 15 years at the Morton Grove Park District.
She officially joined the staff of the Clarendon Hills Park District on October 28 as the new Superintendent of Recreation. In this capacity, Smith will have leadership and senior management responsibility for all of the Clarendon Hills Park District’s recreational programs, including the Active Learners Preschool, the Lions Park Pool, the Rainbow Club for Active Adults ages 50 and better, youth and adult fitness and athletic leagues, arts programming, as well as family and special events. In addition, she will work closely with the Don Scheltens, Executive Director of the Clarendon Hills Park District and members of the Board of Commissioners. One of Smith’s very first assignments at the Clarendon Hills Park District has been to direct the Clarendon Hills Park District’s Fall Youth Basketball League for young players in first and second grades.
Over the years, Smith has been an active member of the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA) and is involved with numerous committees affiliated with this statewide organization. She is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) with the through the National Recreation and Park Association and is also certified as a Basic Life Support Instructor with the American Heart Association.
In her personal life, Smith also has strong ties to the field of recreation. Her husband, Robert, is the Superintendent of Recreation at the Winnetka Park District, and her three sons, Nathan, Justin and Wade have all held summer jobs at local park districts. Twins Nathan and Justin graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island in May, while younger brother Wade just began his freshman year at Augustana. Nathan is now completing graduate work at the University of Illinois, and Justin is working at the University of Chicago. All three of the Smith brothers are involved with recreation, but are currently pursuing careers in science and medicine. The family resides in Villa Park, and in her limited spare time the new Superintendent of Recreation enjoys gardening and sports.
Smith has offices at the Community Center, 315 E. Chicago Avenue, and looks forward to meeting many more local families in the near future. For more information about the Clarendon Hills Park District, please visit www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org.