Latyna (Tina) Curry

Graver Park staff member Latyna (Tina) Curry will retire in mid-December after 43 years of service with the Chicago Park District as a park attendant.

Graver Park staff member Latyna (Tina) Curry will retire in mid-December after 43 years of service with the Chicago Park District as a park attendant.

The attendant title doesn’t limit Curry while at work. “Ms. Tina” is such a well-rounded employee.

At any time, Graver Park visitors can find her tying shoes, dancing in ballet class, serving food, chatting with patrons, answering phones, assisting in preschool, even passing out ice packs and popsicles at the same time. The list goes on and on. That is in addition to her daily chores and work obligations.

Curry always puts the children first. She has touched so many lives during her many years. This is demonstrated by the number of people of all ages who stop by the park just to say hello to her.

Curry has won a number of awards over the past 43 years. The most prestigious award was the Kathy Osterman Award. This is an award given to city of Chicago employees who demonstrate superior public service.

Curry takes pride in her family, community and in her job. She makes a significant contribution to society through her dedicated efforts. She is a role model to local youths, a servant to her community and an asset to the city of Chicago.

Due to COVID-19, the park district will not be able to send Curry off with a grand farewell. Instead, the park district will honor her with a card shower.

If Ms. Tina has touched your life or has been significant to you in any way, park district staff members are asking that you send a card to her to show your appreciation.

Cards will be accepted at Graver Park, 1518 W. 102nd St., Chicago IL 60643, and they will be delivered to Curry in mid-January.