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Dedication ceremony to honor former St. Charles Park District commissioner

John "Jack" Kerr
John "Jack" Kerr

ST. CHARLES – The public is invited to a dedication ceremony to honor former St. Charles Park District commissioner John "Jack" Kerr at 5:45 p.m. May 28 at Pottawatomie Park.

A ribbon cutting is set for 6 p.m.

Kerr, who died July 2, 2012, was involved in the Fox Valley community since moving in 1985 from Marietta, Ga., with his wife of 52 years, Mary Neder Kerr.

For Kerr's 25 years of service and dedication to the St. Charles Park District, the park board will commemorate the walkway near the Pottawatomie Park pavilion and Fox River. It will be named the John "Jack" Kerr Walkway.

Kerr served in many capacities on the park board, including president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. He was passionate about aquatics, especially the renovation of the 70-year-old Swanson Pool in Pottawatomie Park, and he advocated for the acquisition of open space, improvement to existing facilities and development of new properties. More than 1,000 acres of land used for parks and open space were acquired during his tenure.

He also was instrumental in the park district winning the National Gold Medal Award in 1998.

Other civic involvement included serving on the Norris Cultural Arts Center Board, the Kane County Citizens Advisory Committee, the River Corridor Foundation, the Kane County Judicial Center Master Plan Committee and the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association.

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