Keith Lightfoot, 49, is enjoying his new position as safety coordinator for the Calumet Memorial Park District in Calumet City.
In addition to his safety and inspection duties, Lightfoot serves as a CPR instructor and is one of only two Certified Playground Safety Inspectors in the park district’s history.
Hired to the full-time position in April, Lightfoot services four park district locations, Sandridge Community and Fitness Center, Downey Park, Finneran Pool and the Memorial Park Fieldhouse.
“Our purpose is to provide a safe place for patrons to enjoy. Our parks range from tot lots to large pools and we have an assortment of other entertainments. From swim lessons to line dancing, there is something for everyone,” he said.
“One of the struggles is changing ‘the way we used to do things around here.' But I like challenges and being around the excited staff,” Lightfoot added.
“When offered the position, I thought it was different from what I have been doing for years,” he added.
A 1982 graduate of George H. Corliss High School in Chicago, Lightfoot went on to study pre-engineering at Eureka College in Illinois, and also received carpentry training.
He worked for 10 years as a full-time realtor for Century 21 beginning in 1988, later working for ERA Diverified Real Estate.
Until three years ago, he also owned a construction company, Diverified Development Construction Inc.
Lightfoot resides in Calumet City and is the father of three children. He is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and serves there as armor bearer to the pastor.