Smith Park Chicago: Spooky Skating Party – The Chicago Park District collaborates with many local park advisory councils throughout the City of Chicago to ensure activities are available during the holidays for the children and families to attend, especially halloween. Once again, the Smith Park Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Chicago Park District hosted the Spooky Skating Party at Smith Park on Friday, October 28, 2016.
Smith Park supervisor Mr. Travis Bogle stated he and his team truly enjoy watching the children come to the park to see the gym transformed into a Roller Skating Rink with black lights, strobes, neon light designs, and spooky sounds. Bogle also stated, the Parents visit Smith Park from all over the City to see first hand some of the fun that takes place at the Chicago Park District by using the Chi-Application. Many families enjoy Smith Park for its family atmosphere, ceramic house, the outdoor swimming pool, baseball diamonds, and the tennis courts. Smith Park has been hosting the Spooky Skating Parties for several years and it seems to be getting bigger and better, said Bogle.
David Ramos, president of Smith Park Advisory Council stated he works closely with the Chicago Park District and his supervisor, Mr. Travis Bogle to ensure Smith Park has the funding available to support its programs. Halloween is one of our biggest fall activities, families enjoy the music and enjoy watching their children, roller blade, roller skate, or ride their scooters around the gym. Mrs. Veronica Vega has been coming to the Smith Park Spooky Skating Party for the last two years. Her son Noah, won 1st Place for the infant Halloween Costume contest. Noal had dressed as Clark Kent/Superman last year. This year, Noah Vega who is now 2 years old, dressed as the Stay Puff Marshmallow Man.
Ramos also stated he and the advisory council members had purchased the strobe lights, black lights, and sound system for Smith Park to use for the special events and parties put on for the West Town/Ukrainian Community.
The word must be getting out about the Spooky Skating Party at Smith Park. I see more and more families attend the Halloween Spooky Skating Party and other park activities. I could not be successful in what I do, if I did not have the support of my advisory council, Nani Almendarez, Dave Hunt, and Ellen Ernst, said Ramos. The advisory council puts on programs all year around. Some parents have been coming here for years, and now we get to see their children grow up and wear their favorite costumes.
Mr. Bogle credits his entire Smith Park Staff for working with him and the advisory council in making every event a successful one.