During this time, she has become a neighborhood mom, grandma, and friend to many little ones. She has seen scores of babies grow into adulthood, mine included. And she remembers all by name. Everyone affectionately calls her the "Carroll Park Lady". She has even been honored as a New York Woman of Distinction in Albany for her work.
So, when Kathleen announced that the summer of 2016 would be her last and that she is retiring from the Park's Department, everyone came to the park this past Saturday to bid her farewell and to wish her all the best.
State Senator Squadron, Assemblywoman JoAnne Simon and Councilman Brad Lander joined the celebration and honored Kathleen with proclamations. Scores of kids crowded around Kathleen to hug her and some gave moving speeches about the told Kathleen played in their lives.
This neighborhood was incredibly lucky to have her and her presence will be very much missed.
Let us hope that she will come by often to visit Carroll Park and to reconnect to "her kids."
Have a wonderful retirement, Kathleen! Thank you so much for all you have done for the park and the children of the neighborhood. Please stay in touch.