|HPKCC Mission and History|
President: Anita Hollins
George Davis (1st),
Secretary: Gail Isenberg
Treasurer: Mark Granfors
Additional Directors: Jay Ammerman, Nancy Baum, Joy Clendenning, Jane Comiskey, Darryl Crawford, Mike Doss, Camille Hamilton-Doyle, Allison Hartman, Patricia Martin, Trish Morse, Gary Ossewaarde, Brenda Sawyer, Jack Snapper, Jack Spicer, Ismail Turay.
George Cooley (emeritus)
Who we are...
Our Mission ... The Hyde Park - Kenwood Community Conference is a community organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing an attractive, secure, diverse, and caring community. It promotes participation of its residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations in programs and activities that advance the interests and concerns of the community. It serves the community as a watchdog, independent voice, and clearing house in the comunity's ongoing conversation and decisions about those matters which affect and define community life.
Home site- http://www.hydepark.org/ Hyde Park Record home (rest of site)-http://www.hydeparkrecord.org.
To WHAT'S UP AND CHANGING WITH HPKCC-guide and navigator.
HPKCC QUICK FIND INDEX. INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE IN PDF
Call for Nominees to the Board 2011 From the Board and President
View June 2011 Reporter issue (Vol. 17, No. 2) in pdf.
Informational brochure: HPKCC is a dues-paying membership-based neighborhood association. Most of our work is done by our committees and collaborations. Won't you join us and one of our committees?
YOU CAN JOIN AND DONATE ONLINE- go to HOME at http://www.hydepark.org, click MEMBERSHIP (at the top), there Membership Form. In HOME you can also join Friends of Blackstone Library by clicking its name and there finding the donate button. Likewise for the HPK SCHOOLS SUPPLY DRIVE by clicking into Schools Committee.
About / to Regenstein Library's new finding aid guide to our huge collection at the Library's Special Collections.
Our board meets in open session 1st Thursdays, 7:10 pm, Hyde Park Bank Bldg. 4th floor conference room.
Next HPKCC annual meeting and election- Sunday, September 9, 2:30-4 pm at Fenn House, 5638 S. Woodlawn.
HPKCC NOW ISSUES ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTERS. We'll send it to you if you contact us at email@example.com. You can also opt in to subscribe. MORE HAVE COME OUT- contact Jane Ciacci to receive these and be placed on the list.
Visit also HPKCC sections of the new hydepark.org Home Page or the What's up at HPKCC and navigator page of neighborhood site Hyde Park Record. Hyde Park Record Homepage.
Click here for brief descriptions of our programs/committees (on one page).
Membership and updates home, More about, HPKCC in Urban Renewal Context, Committees, 60th Anniversary,
2008 Retrospective and 60-year Retrospective
Recent Releases: Congratutions to First Unitarian, May 2011 Reporter FLASH (Spring Garden Sale May 13-14, Board News)
Heads up on upcoming: Hyde Park Used Book Sale collection and sale.
August 26, Sunday, 2-4 pm. Hyde Park Historical Society and Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference invite you to attend Hyde Park-Kenwood Stories: An Oral History Program Remembering the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Do you remember Urban Renewal and the development of 53rd Street in the 1950's and 1960's? Did you ever volunteer for or purchase items from the Garden Fair? Were you ever a part of a HPKCC committee or group to improve public parks or schools? Revisit the past by telling hour stories about the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Bring photos and artifact to share with everyone.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 2-4 pm, Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Drive. Reception follows. Space is limited- rsvp by Friday, August 4.- Lala rodgers, 773 401-0474 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored in part by Hyde Park Bank; promotional photos from Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Regenstein Library.
History and about
1949: A Community in Crisis
In 1949, a group of urban pioneers in Hyde Park-Kenwood, facing a radically changing neighborhood, deteriorating property, and increasing crime, banded together to reverse the tide of physical and social deterioration. To do so, the residents formed the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC). The major focus of the new organization was urban renewal, stabilization, and neighborhood safety.
As part of the strategy, the conference formed 20 block clubs in 1950 to help residents in their relationships with each other, diagnose neighborhood problems and take action, and build a greater sense of community.
Although HPKCC concentrated its earliest efforts on upgrading property and zoning codes, it soon became apparent that the community had other needs. As a result, the Conference organized committees to improve the schools, the appearance of the community, the parks and recreation facilities, and the communities youth services.
Over the years, the Conference identified more community problems and developed new and specific programs to work toward solutions:
- Tenant/landlord relationships
- School volunteers
- Safety, rights and justice
- Women's rights
- Medical Care
- Air and water pollution
Once a problem was identified, and a program established, HPKCC members took the steps necessary to attack the problem, whether it meant working with city officials on needed ordinances, organizing a tenant's union, working to establish good relationships with varying community groups, developing medical services, or pressuring the city agencies for action.
These activities were carried out in addition to HPKCC's ongoing programs in the areas of schools, urban planning, jobs for teens, parks and beautification.
Down through the years, the continuing goal of the Conference has been to meet the needs of an ever changing community.
Today: A Community Beyond Crisis
Today, the Conference continues working to meet the community's changing needs for maintaining diversity, ensuring neighborhood safety, promoting the welfare of the community, and beautifying the environment.
Our efforts in building community in our second half century may be seen in our wide array of programs. All participants in the Hyde Park - Kenwood Community are invited to be part of our program activities and to join the Conference.
To each HPKCC Program and Committee home pages with chairs and contacts
Some of these are our own action and activity groups, others are organizations for which we serve as fiscal agent and umbrella-supporter. In addition we have several administrative committees including Editorial, Financial, Membership and Fundraising, and Nominating- more about these in the HPKCC About and Membership page.
Click here to view brief descriptions of our program committees.
- Chicago Academic Games League (oversight and fiscal agency- program now managed by University of Chicago)
- Condos/Co-ops / Plus
- Development, Preservation and Zoning
- Disabilities Task Force (homepage about this collaborative group, intermittently acting as a whole)
- Environmental Sustainability (suspended but actively researched and information posted, contacts maintained by Gary Ossewaarde)
- Friends of Blackstone Library (fiscal agency). Their website
- Forums (presented by the 60th Anniversary Committee, topic committees, or Development)
- Hyde Park Garden Fair (fiscal agency). Their website
- Hyde Park Used Book Fair
- hydepark.org and The Conference Reporter (under the Editorial Committee)
- LILAC (history. The group is closed.)
- Nichols Park Advisory Council (fiscal agency)
- Public Policy/Institutional and Neighborhood Engagement (a function of the Board and the Development Committee)
- Schools Friends of Hyde Park Kenwood Public Schools subcommittee
- Southside Preservation Action Fund (fiscal agency)
- Transit and Mobility (and Parking) Task Force
- Collaborations include Coalition for Equitable Community Development, Disabilities Task Force, 53rd Street Vision Process, and Seniors Perspectives/Senior Friendly Hyde Park
The following program descriptions introduce you to the programmatic committees of the Conference. Click the links to see full reports for each committee's activities.
Chicago Academic Games League
Monthly games during the academic year provide an opportunity for school children to increase their math skills and have fun. Under management of the University of Chicago Service center. Liaison Amy Becker.
Condos / Co-ops / Plus
Provides information through lecture/seminars and classes with attorneys, discussion, and the Conference Reporter, regarding the law, insurance, and other matters relevant to owners of these dwellings. If you are interested in participating on this committee or for details contact email@example.com or 773 288-8343. Co-Chairs. Lenora Austin, Gary Ossewaarde- contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manages the Conference Reporter quarterly publication, Website hydepark.org, and social media. Chair Jane Ciacci.
HPKCC sponsors ongoing community forums on topics of special interest to the neighborhood. Liaison Gary Ossewaarde at email@example.com.
Development, Preservation and Zoning. Committee.
Monitors, engages collaboratively with other organizations, officials and agencies and holds public forums and surveys on development and planning issues, community character, and University of Chicago and other institution and organization policies that affect the neighborhood. Chairman Jay Ammerman or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disabilities Task Force of Hyde Park.
A collaborative inter organizational task force that works for a physically and socially friendly community and to see that the rights of persons of disability and all residents are honored in our community and places of business. Liaisons George Rumsey and Lenora Austin.
Friends of Blackstone Library. Chair Brenda Sawyer.
Garden Fair. Committee page.
Twice a year the Garden Fair sells plants, bulbs, and garden equipment-Friday and Saturday after Mother's Day and 3rd Saturday in September unless a religious holiday conflicts. Proceeds benefit the Hyde Park Community Conference and garden projects in the Hyde Park - Kenwood Community. Leslie Bloch chair. Also Sue Purrington. Visit http://www.hydeparkgardenfair.org for contacts.
Hyde Park Used Book Sale. Collection begins in Treasure Island lower level 1526 E. 55th St. August 15. Sale is in Hyde Park Shopping Center Courtyard near 55th and Lake Park Avenue. Columbus Weekend, Saturday, Sunday 9-6, Monday 9-4 (box and bag, free after 2). Prices drop daily. Chair Jane Ciacci. Jane Comiskey. Pickup George Davis.
Nichols Park Advisory Council
An affiliate programmatic committee of the Conference, Nichols Park Council advises the Chicago Park District on the maintenance, care, and landscaping of the park. It oversees the wild flower meadow and more. President Stephanie Franklin, 773 955-3622.
Parks. Committee page.
Works cooperatively with local and citywide groups to enhance our parks maintenance, landscape design, park activities and good planning as well as improve our environment. Chair Gary Ossewaarde.
Follows school issues in the community, works for strong LSCs and afterschool programs ensuring our youth develop the skills and assets needed to succeed, and schools and community engagement. Chairs Camille Hamilton-Doyle and Nancy Baum.
Southside Preservation Action Fund
Formed to work to provide quick funds for a large range of small preservation action and study needs. Jack Spicer.
Transit and Accessibility Task Force. Transit pages home.
Works to improve transit [particularly bus transit and the Gold Line Metra upgrade] to and from the community and parking in the community. Chair James Withrow (on leave of absence), email@example.com.
Whistlestop promotes street safety and crime prevention through individual and neighbor whistle alerts. Whistles are available at neighborhood events and various community venues. Bulk whistle purchases are possible. All whistles include program information. If you are interested in participating on this committee or for Whistlestop details contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773 288-8343. Chair Camille Hamilton-Doyle. Safety Chair Timika Hoffman-Zoller.
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