Ever since the greater Kent community lost Dan Smith last year there’s been growing interest in commemorating the planned pocket park between Bar 145 and the Landmark building in downtown Kent in Dan’s honor.
As that idea gained momentum the City hired an architectural firm to work with Dan’s family and friends to come up with park elements that would capture the facets of Dan’s life and incorporate them into the park design.
Dan was famous for the performances of his rock band so a stage (and sound system) is a central feature of the park.
Dan was a dedicated dad, train buff, and weekend resident 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 was preternaturally gregarious (aka he loved to socialize) so the park is laid out with a goal of creating relaxing space to kick back, hang out, people watch and talk.
Look for games, movable Adirondack chairs and tables, swinging benches and a fire pit all of which reflect Dan’s favorite lifestyle choices.
Renderings (seen below) have been prepared to help launch the fundraising campaign that will pay for the park. It looks great and I can’t help but smile when I think of how much Dan would appreciate this place.
The Burbick Foundation has teamed with a small group of community volunteers to lead the fundraising campaign and they’re getting ready to go live with it.
Posters and flyers announcing the campaign will start showing up around town and I know that the Burbick Foundation is working on making it as easy as possible for anyone to donate through the mail, in person, or on-line. More details to follow.