JPAC Web/Jackson Park website logo

JPAC- protecting nature, preserving history, supporting recreation
Jackson Park, Chicago in hydepark.org, with JPAC information and links to Newsletters and a large array of specialty pages

Meeting & events details. See summer schedule in the park. PAC MTG. JULY 9 6:30 pm at IOWA BLDG- security meeting and picnic potluck. Workdays Bobolink July 14, Wooded I June 23, 2nd It's Your Park Day June 23.
JUNE 21-AUG. 1 PIANOS IN THE PARKS with lessons. JUNE 21. MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO, 11-6 great variety incl. WITH LYRIC OPERA ( noon). June 23 Green Rx bp test and walk on Wooded Island.
White City tours Sats at 11 (see details).
Chicago Plan Comm for OPC & , roads May 17- approved. City Council approved May 23.
NEWS AND BULLETINS PAGE. Section 106 review mtgs tba. MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS
SEE about OPC, roads et al- go to Obama Center page in this website.

Reach Jackson Park 773 256-0903. Bobbie Beckam, Supervisor. South Region 312 747-7661. More park and contact details
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com- look for the Jackson Park page there.

Note: All booking of private events/permits: contact the park supervisor- 773 256-0903 then downtown Park Services.
Call 312 742-5369 Chicago Park District Park Services. Better: Go to http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com and click permits/special events.
Chicago Park District Security (312) 474-2193. or thomas.snooks@chicagoparkdistrict.com. Always 911 if serious or danger.
WHAT'S HERE: GENERAL INFO AND LINKS. INDEX AND NAVIGATOR. EVENTS/WHAT'S NEXT. ABOUT JACKSON PARK.
2018 JPAC MEMBERSHIP FORM
New link to Bobolink Meadow workdays and volunteering- http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Workday May 12 9 am.
Minutes and Resolutions (incl. now May 2018)

INDEX TO NEWSLETTERS. APRIL 2017 online. APRIL 2017 pdf. MAY 2017 online. MAY 2017 pdf.
JUNE 2017. JUNE 2017 pdf. JULY 2017. JULY in PDF. AUGUST 2017. AUGUST in PDF.
SEPTEMBER 2017. SEPT. 2017 in PDF. OCTOBER 2017 IN PDF. NOVEMBER 2017 IN PDF. DECEMBER 2017 IN PDF.
JANUARY 2018 in PDF. FEBRUARY 2018 IN PDF
version 3. MARCH 2018 IN PDF. APRIL 2018 PDF.
MAY 2018. JUNE 2018.

See meetings and events- (INCL. UPCOMING ON OBAMA CENTER. So Lakefront Plan, golf, federal reviews.)
Summer schedule of events in pdf

Find latest on Darrow Bridge in the JPAC News and Bulletins page.

Link to Archeological Survey in Jackson Park (announced Nov 2017)- https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements.

LINKS TO PARK DISTRICT ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO SUPT KELLY AT THE JAN. 9 2017 JPAC MEETING (and in the future at the January 24 ward meeting) and to SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS are in the Park District website (chicagoparkdistrict.com) homepage (updates) or go to News and Events and find them in the Jackson Park or South Shore Cultural Center park pages.
Oral questions and answers from the January 9 JPAC meeting will be in the February Newsletter.
FIND COMMENTS, ANSWERS AND MORE FOR THE JUNE-JULY PHASE I PUBLIC MEETINGS ON FRAMEWORK-GOLF-OBAMA CTR. in www.southlakefrontplan.com.

Obama Presidential Center- https://obama.org/updates/ (incl. /communitycommitment), www.cityofchicago.org/ops

Link to a wonderful New York Times article on how great parks make great cities and neighborhoods.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/12/arts/design/chicago-philadelphia-parks-rahm-emanuel.html


TO NEWS AND BULLETINS PAGE.
Including facts and rumors on Darrow Bridge historic restoration
Run of meeting MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS including now May 2018

PROJECT 120 and Skylanding (& Project 120's Skylanding site)
GLFER ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION
PROJECT.

Obama Center. New- Section 106 Envir/Historic Review for OPC
Golf proposal.
A Timeline of Jackson Park. History and historic features.
New- 1978 proposal on the Japanese Garden and Ho-o-den by Hyde Parker and past JPAC and HPKCC officer George Cooley.

JPAC'S FACEBOOK PAGE- (please like us) https://www.facebook.com/JacksonParkAdvisoryCouncil/
JPAC'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE- jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. ....events/ (LOTS OF NEW FEATURES!)
JACKSON PARK IN YOUR POCKET APP narrated tour- hosted in vamonde.com
A GREAT NEW VIDEO BY CPD OF OUR APRIL 23 2016 EARTH DAY TRAIL WORKDAY!
Workdays- including groups!-page with HOW TO BOOK, regular schedule, log of 2016.
New link to Bobolink Meadow workdays and volunteering- http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Workday March 10 9 am.
Bylaws links to

More workdays
COME CELEBRATE THE PEACE HEADS now installed west of the Iowa Building.
Wooded Island Access opened permanently, visit Skylanding
Next JPAC meeting MAY 8 (On the Table potluck conversation- no mtg. May 14

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This website is a part of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference website, hydepark.org (Hyde Park Record).
It is not the official website of the Advisory Council (although it houses much of the material of JPAC) nor of Chicago Park District.
Jackson park site webmaster: Gary Ossewaarde, 773 947-9541.
HPKCC Hyde Park Record site administrator: Gary Ossewaarde, George Rumsey).
Visit hydepark.org home, parks home

Calendar is now up and running in JPAC's raved-about website, jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/events. (to go directly to January calendar add after events/2018-cal)
You can print the membership form and mail it in.

Participation/becoming a member.

OFFICERS elected December 2017. President Louise McCurry, Vice President Anne Marie Miles, Secretary Gary Ossewaarde, Treasurer Dwight Powell. Auxiliary board members: Jake Young and Cherry Theard (membership and media); Norm Bell & Gail Parry and Jerry Levy (Nature Committee and Site Stewards). Fran Vandervoort was voted Nature Trail Steward at the May 2016 meeting.

JPAC golf proposal review committee July 17 report- conditional endorsement of golf consolidation project.
Read in pdf.

LINK TO PARK DISTR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO SUPT KELLY AT THE JAN. 9 MEETING. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Q_A_from_1-9-17_Jackson_Park_Advisory_Council_Mtg.pdf

Meetings on revised CDOT and park projects and South Framework Plan will be announced.

We are pleased to announce that Wooded Island was opened permanently for all visitors. Best parking is near the south end. Fences The fences are now mostly down.

Darrow Bridge "sale offer" was mistaken offer of left over materials- will be replicated .
December 13, 2017.
Darrow Bridge offered “for sale,” per CDOT interpretation of law when a replication not reconstruction… countermanded from Landmarks Comission and state preservation agency.
The bad news is CDOT has determined that little if any of the currently-closed historic Columbia (aka Clarence Darrow Memorial) bridge is in condition to be reused—in which case the old must be offered to a party that might reconstruct it elsewhere under strict conditions. Up to 95% of the stones are assessed fractured or otherwise unsalvageable and metal is rusted. We expect to hear more on the basis and evidence for the determination that the new bridge needs to be a structure of new material (a “replication” rather than one of the higher legal “solutions”- reconstruction, repair, or rehabilitation.) A guess is that CDOT considers there is not enough usable material, and mixing to be too costly and/or structurally dubious. Certainly, we hope, at least that some of the visible, very historic ornamentals such as some railings can be incorporated.
In March agreement between historic agencies and CDOT stipulted the deck will be new, as will concrete pylons covered with as much of the original stones as usable and available.

The bridge is historic under National Register standards and is a state bridge. The whole park was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and also became a Chicago Landmark as part of the Museum of Science and Industry designation. It was first built in 1880 by Burnham and Root as East (or North Pond) bridge, underwent at least two major reconstructions and expansions for and shortly after the World’s Fair, and was twice repaired in the 20th century. In 1957 it gained the further cachet of being named the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge. Qualifying features include its unique balustrades and its truss style typical of bridges placed throughout the Columbian Exposition but later demolished or replaced.

It is also a key connector across the park, and the paths all the way between Stony Island and the Lakefront are considered part of this project. Olmsted twice incorporated it into his plans of curving pathways, in this case then intended to carry light touring traffic in an oval defining the north sector of the park. Its vistas, as Olmsted intended, are among the most stunning in the park. And Clarence Darrow, a community and national figure and intimately associated with the bridge, adds great luster and is the occasion for a major annual gathering at the bridge (where his ashes were scattered) on the anniversary of his death March 13, 1938.

The replacement must be historically true in accord with the National Environment Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Under guidelines of the Department of Interior and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency there are four levels of repairs and reconstructions- in this case it would be a “replication,” meaning most or all the material is new but must be in accord with the old. Beyond the question of necessity for a completely new structure, is how much and in what ways it must be like the old. This is being wrestled by designers and in the series of public meetings already started. The new bridge will be just for pedestrians and bicyclists, and in any case railings et al have to be up to modern safety codes. Often, new materials are less costly or lighter, or the original materials (including stones from an original quarry) are not available. Another particular consideration here is public access to the underside of the bridge—in the various early versions it was sometimes open below, and again after the reconstruction of Columbia Basin edge c. 2004. But at other times the lower level was sloped and blocked, inadvertently preventing exploration and fishing but also preventing setting destructive heating and cooking fires. The bridge has already undergone extensive documentation including boring and tectonics and initial design options.

If not to be reused, the bridge must be publicly offered as a whole to anyone who can show in a proposal by 4 p.m. February 28 that they can finance and document the move and reconstruction of the entire structure and maintain and use it as spelled out under the Act. If no party steps forward and is accepted, parts of the dismantled bridge can be given to members of the public to use for educational purposes, not for resale.

When the bridge was closed as unsafe in 2015, JPAC led a drive to ensure its reconstruction. After fits and starts, approval and a $5 million grant was obtained through CMAP (Metropolitan Agency for Planning). Applications to replace the bridge have not yet been filed. Ongoing approvals are needed from the IHPA and other agencies, as well as public comment and integration into the Framework. Construction- 2019?

Dogs are prohibited in Natural Areas, which includes all of Wooded Island (including the Japanese Garden) and the Bobolink Meadow even on a leash. There is a minimum fine of $300. It's ordinance VII.B10a.

Of course everyone thinks their dog is an exception but a study in Biological Letters by Peter B. Banks and Jessica V. Bryant, showed that walking large or small dogs on leash made a huge difference. "Regardless of the type of area, dog walking led to a 35 percent reduction in the number of bird species and a 41 percent reduction in overall bird numbers, compared with the control. (People walking alone caused some disturbance, but less than half that caused by people with dogs.)" the dogs are predators to the birds even if yours is not so much.

Migratory birds are at grave risk of extinction, these are natural areas to give them somewhere to be on one of the great migration routes, they need all the help they can get, so please choose to walk your dogs on the 600+ other acres of the park.

ALSO THE DARROW BRIDGE ACROSS THE PARK AND TO PARKING TO ITS EAST IS FIRMLY CLOSED. More info: contact Jerry Levy at sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. The site has been tested, preliminary plans for historic restoration made, it is in design; approvals have been received from IDOT (which owns the bridge), Il. Hist. Pres. Agency, and in July 2017 the regional planning agency CMAP (which provides certainty). A public meeting and Federal permitting are among next steps. Money has been secured. Tentative date for work was given in May as 2019. Public meeting(s) and task force in 2018.

IN THIS PAGE meetings, workdays, events, links to much more including Newsletters...
JOIN, CONTRIBUTE TO JPAC- PRINTABLE 2016 FORM. Or go online in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org.

MISSION

PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR JACKSON PARK- Read more about the projects in Jackson Park News and Bulletins including Project 120. ACE GLIFER habitat.

JPAC is a nonprofit under the fiscal agency of the Chicago Parks Foundation.


The official, updated website of the JPAC council is up!- The calendar is functional- go to Events.
http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org
.
See the events calendar! And find JPAC Facebook.
Links to allied websites. About JPAC. Membership form. Our committees

Officers: President Louise McCurry (773 844-2225), VP Anne Marie Miles,
Secretary Gary garyossewaarde@yahoo.com 773 947-0541, Treasurer Dwight Powell, 773 288-4943, dwightpowell216@yahoo.com.
At large advisory for membership and web/media: Jake R. Young, Cherry Theard. Nature Tail Steward Fran Vandervoort.

INDEX navigator to THE JACKSON PARK PAGES in this website (NOTE- most are also in an index that pops up if you go to hydepark.org/parks/jpac (no extension)
INCLUDING THE NEWSLETTERS- that also has a separate index that pops up by going to hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters )


Run of meeting MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS including now April 2018
and links to our friends- see more in hpkcc Parks other links and Green and jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org

HOW TO BOOK A WORKDAY
TO NEWS BULLETINS AND ISSUES page (incl. proposals-Project 120 and Army Corps)
Army Corps Habitat project in its own page. March 6 2015 report from CPD project manager
Obama Library in its own page. Section 106 Env/Hist Review for the OPC. (City site https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements)
Project 120- MOU for, Info in News page, project120chicago.org
1999 Framework Plan (find also at http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Jackson_South_Shore.pdf. And aout new process visit www.southlakefrontplan.org.

HERE: meetings

Becoming a member: Voting privileges begin after the second meeting attended within a year. The Chicago Park District REQUIRES THAT ALL WISHING TO PARTICIPATE BY VOTING, MOTIONS ETC SIGN THE APPLICATION TO JOIN AN ADVISORY COUNCIL. (They will be at meetings, or go to chicagoparkdistrict.com, in Search (upper right) type Advisory Councils, scroll to the Forms, print Advisory Council Member Applicatation, fill in and bring to a meeting-- the forms are kept on file downtown. You can learn much about councils by reading the other material there). That form is not the same as JPAC's membership form, which gives the council contact and interest information and records any contribution or dues that is given-- those who give are considered members. Voting is unrelated to contributions or submitting that form.) 2016 JPAC Membership letter and form. OR GO TO JACKSONPARKADVISORYCOUNCIL.ORG.

GENERAL MEETING--JULY 9, MONDAY, 6:30 PM IOWA BLDG on 56th 1750 block across from Montgomery Place.
(Jackson Park Advisory Council normally meets 2nd Mondays at 7 pm at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.) All are welcome!
ANNUAL POTLUCK PICNIC AT IOWA BLDG WITH CPD AND UC POLICE- BRING IDEAS, PROBLEMS, GOALS FOR THEM.
For information contact Gary Ossewaarde at 773 947-9541 garyossewaarde@yahoo.com

About our meetings and program: Our aim is to:
1. Create more diverse community interest and network for our park ,
2.Expand the number of positive active members who WORK and otherwise contribute and expand our vision and impact, giving an equal voice to communities and interests, developing new park community leaders and networking with park areas with no previous voice.
3.Notify the PAC and others of park needs requiring solutions in ALL areas of our geographically large park community. Great parks make great communities.
Our programs are reaching these goals. They provide experienced park activists like you a golden opportunity to make a real difference, inspire, educate, serve as a role model, and encourage NEW Jackson Park activists to continue the work we have started.
Thank you for your patience as we build park community membership and leadership for today and the future!
(modified from release by Louise McCurry, president)

MEETINGS, TOURS, EVENTS. (more) events
Summer schedule of events
(prelim) in pdf

Visit surveys and comment post walls from southframeworkplan.com and obama.org. www.cityofchicago.org/OPC.
Information about the IHAS Archeological Survey for proposed Jackson Park Improvements.
https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements.

May 17 - Chicago Plan Commission held a long hearing on and approved unanimously the OPC (Lakefront Protection Ordinance, application for Planned Development rezoning and lease terms, CDOT road plans, CPD replacement track and field

They next went before the City Council Zoning Committee (some) May 22 (approved) and full City Council (approved) vote May 23. The lease and other agreements will be voted for final approval later by City Council, tent. June 27. Federal and related reviews can now proceed.

Meetings and Updates

Section 106 Environmental and Historical Review March 29 (occurred)- see in our page for findings, background. Possible next meeting in May.
The reports are at https://tinyURL.com/jpimprovements. Send comments to DPD@cityofchicago.org.
The actual urls of the Historic Inventory, Appendices, and Archeology reports are https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/2018-03-19-HPI-Report.pdf. https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/Appendices.zip.
https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/2018-03-19-Arch-Report-pdf.
And now up is a Tutorial on the Highway 4(f) review. More reprots will appear from the tinyurl website.
30-day public comment period ends April 19. The Effects assessment and possible recommended mitigations phase starts with meeting in May. Summaries of findings and background is in our page, www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/Section_106_OPCMobilityHistoricReview_2017.htm.

Saturdays through summer 11 am from east end of Darrow Bridge- White City Columbian Expo tours.

WORKDAYS!!!

Bobolink Meadow 2nd Saturdays 9-12 Meet at south end. parrybell@ameritech.net. 9 am-noon. JULY 14. Meet at south end of meadow.
New link to Bobolink Meadow workdays and volunteering- http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Workday


Wooded Island: Saturdays (us. 4th), 10 am-1 pm. JUNE 23. We will be pulling out Garlic Mustard and Dame's Rocket and looking for new volunteer oak saplings that will need protection. Come enjoy the new plants
There are more in the details section

June 23. 2nd It's Your Park Day cleanup and activities. Louise at 773-844-2225.
1 0:30 am and /or 12:30 pm. meet at perennial garden 59th Stony for teams with 200 Roosevelt students to clean, some 63rd St. beach, others along the inner harbor and Hayes Drive.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with workday teams- LOUISE, 773 844-2225.

June 29, Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join a tem of olunters from Field Museum for 63rd St. Beach cleanup with Alliance for the Great Lakes. Find signup link is https://www.greatlakes.org.

Pianos in the Parks. JUNE 21 through August 1- Our own weather-ready piano will be outside the fieldhouse for you for the summer. You can signup for lessons with Thaddeus Tukes jazz favorite and scholar (June 28, July 5, 10, 19,or 31).

JUNE 21 Make Music Chicago Hyde Park 11-6 in gym includes performances in a wide variety of genres,
JUNE 21 NOON, LYRIC OPERA PERFORMS IN THE GYM.
11- HP Suzuki/NWU Music.
12 LYRIC Opera Stage Artists (Chorus-- opera and musical theater favorites).
1:30-Regina Rhythms (standard, rock, R&B).
2:30- Apostolic Youth Musicians. 4- Music in Urban Schools
4:30- Thaddeus Tukes (jazz).
5- Learn a Tune on Piano with Thaddeus Tukes.


MORE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES - (there more and updated and details- go to schedule in detailed events/activities)

White City Columbian Exposition tours Saturdays 11 am. May 5 through summer. Meet on east side of Darrow Bridge. HOWEVER, JUNE 16- 9 AM "AFTER THE FAIR" from La Rabida children's hospital south parking lot. 11 AM TRISH MORE LEADS MIDWAY HISTORY AND WCE from the 59th/Stony boulevards kiosk.

Watch for environmental films announcements- may be before monthly PAC meetings (not July 9)

June 23, Saturday, 8-10 a.m. Green Rx: World Green Space and Health Walk. The program is based on the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s new evidence-based study of the health results of walking in nature. Meet at the north bridge to Wooded Island to have your blood pressure and heart rate tested, then walk the circuit path of the Island and be retested. (JPAC hopes to make this a regular feature in park programming.) For directions contact Louise, 773-844-2225.

July 9, Monday, 6:30 pm. Annual Safety and Security picnic with police at Iowa Building.

July 16 Annual CPFoundation golf outing to support the parks. Play starts at 1, Kids (1st Tee Gtr Chicago at 9). Food/Preprogram at 11. Volunteers needed.



Founded in 1983. MISSION: The purpose of JPAC, an advisory body registered with the Chicago Park District, is to

Provide a forum for users of the park and increase community awareness and engagement,
Advise the park district regarding facilities, maintenance, program, and visitor experience,
promote long-range planning,
promote programming, activities and education about the park and its extraordinary history, design, and nature.
"PROTECTING NATURE, PRESERVING HISTORY, PROMOTING RECREATION"


JACKSON PARK WEB PAGES:
navigation indices
to subpages, links
(Visit also the official site http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/)
(A watch group site is not affilated with JPAC but prints information on the park and issues, jacksonparkwatch.org.)

JPAC gen info and about. Newsletters. Nature. History. Recreation & infrastructure. Photo Galleries.
In other sites. What's HERE

JPAC General, information, organization
Contact, Officer Information/Membership.
2018 MEMBERSHIP FORM
Join the Newsletter mailing list
(no charge)-garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.
Who We Are - Mission, Accompls.; Pk Treasures/Amenities; Guarding the Park
HOW TO BOOK A WORKDAY- contacts, regular schedule, and a sampler log.
Recent Meeting Minutes and Resolutions:
(Minutes start from 2006 - present up now, Resolutions from 2002-present)
Council Bylaws (rewritten Dec. 2010 as amended 2014 and 2015) (Markup showing 2014-15 amendments)
News, Issues and Notable

Also see below: JPAC's vision and goals and president's vision
Nancy Campbell Hays, past president, and naming of bridge to WI for
Eric Hatchett, past president, and naming balconies of 63rd beachhouse for

Our Newsletters online (Find the archive- www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters)

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SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER. PRINTABLE PDF VERSION
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FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINTABLE VERSION
JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT VERSION
DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT VERSION
NOVEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT (MAILED) VERSION
OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT (MAILED) VERSION
SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT (MAILED) VERSION
AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT VERSION
JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER IN PDF, JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER
JUNE 2016 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER
(no February meeting)
JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
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MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER
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MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER and January 12 JPAC meeting open Library discussion in pdf.

JANUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2014 NEWSLETTER
JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER (See the meeting video of the July 14 meeting from the Herald- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qIxix3S4BY)
JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2014 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2014 NEWSLETTER
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FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER (no Dec. 2013 mtg. or nl, NO Jan 2014 nl but see in Mins and Resols)
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*Earlier minutes and Newsletters are archived by Gary Ossewaarde-- going back to the founding in 1983
(with gaps in the early years). These may be viewed by appointment. 773 947-9541 or garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.

Nature (particular places, thoughts about and plans)
Lagoons Lagoons History and Rehabil. Project. Award
Jackson Park Nature and Natural Areas News
Bob-o-link Meadow Story MORE IN BOBOLINK MEADOW VOLUNTEER WEBSITE (http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org)
Wooded Island hist., decisions, prospects (hydepark.org). A Tour. Lost Old Oak
Birding and Bird Conservation in Jackson Park (a hydepark.org multi-page)
Paul Clyne report on importance of the fence at the WI Rose Garden and similar fences (acc. into record)
Avian Considerations for Land Stewardship Programs during Migration (JPCSC-Chicago Audubon) (accepted into JPAC record)
Wooded Island Restoration Plan (much superseded by ACE 2014 restoration project)
Newly planted Wooded Island list April 2011 review
To the Tree Inventory interactive website-
http://openlands.org/openlands_gis/html/Community_Greening/TreeInventories/Jackson_Park/WoodedIsland_
TreeInventory_Genus_.html
. Follow the instructions above the legend to utilize the map features.

(nature and general policy)

Nature/natural areas Activities, News and Issues (see there: Army Corps project 506)
Harbors, BEACH POLUTION/Swim Bans, Beach/Lake Pollution
From Whitman 63rd Beach Study '01
Framework Plan 2000-Environmental Recommendations
(whole Framework and in
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Jackson_South_Shore.pdf
Dogs on Wooded Island- see on new study: "dogs, nature areas don't mix."
Canada Geese in Jackson Park
Lakefront Protection Ordinance

Project 120. GLFER Ecological Restoration Project.

History (Be sure to see Timeline and History (which includes on the Viking Ship).
Historical Jackson Park See articles on The Viking Ship, an archeol. dig in the park,
an accidental find, Douglass marker, MSI, U505 Submarine move and more
Jackson Park Timeline

Columbian Exposition of 1893 (a hydepark.org page)
Garden of the Phoenix/Osaka Japanese Garden in Wooded Island
(there: restored Ho-o-den carved panels)
http://www.gardenofthephoenix.org/blog/2018/01/1978-restoration-proposal. View the proposal text and facsimile in pdf.
Frederick Douglass Monument
Korean 1893 Exhibit, proposal (cache)
Nike C-41 base (also an ongoing issue)
Monuments: Animal Bridge, Granite beach, 'Iowa' Bldg./Germania, Republic
63rd St. Bathing Pavilion landmarked, upper pavilion named for Eric Hatchett
U-505 WWII Submarine and its move and reopening at Museum of Science/ Industry

Policy, Recreation, Features, PROJECTS, and infrastructure
South Lakefront Plan- Jackson South Shore Framework Plan 1999. 2017 see www.southlakefrontplan.com
Proposed Project 120/visitors center in News and Issues MOU Project 120 and CPD 2015
Army Corps 2014-19 nature/Olmsted restoration with links to off. site. March 6 2015 report.
Lawn Bowling and Croquet
Jackson Bark, a new dog park planning, working for OK and see in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org

Obama Presidential Center with updates and public input and see links there
Section 106 Environmental and Historical Review JP re OPC about
Golf proposal and updates/public input and see links there
Project 120. SKYLANDING and see links there
Traffic Circle proposal for Republic statue intersection (note 2017 this intersection would be redone due to changes for the Obama Center and golf consolidation.)

CACHED:
Jackson Park, JPAC and Olympics 2007-09; Olympics homepage (a hydepark.org page)
Take The Field Artificial Surface Playing Field
cache- ACE sports facility proposal

Photo Galleries: (there are many photo galleries in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org)
Animal Bridge
Around and in the park: Site of Mary Rose Shaughnessy

Paved Granite Beach and Iowa Bldg. old views. Granite Beach and reconstr.
'Iowa' Building today
Lake Sh Dr and underpass work,57th-59th #1,
#2, #3, 63rd. So Lkft Access projs
Lagoons and lagoon restoration
Nike C-41 base
Osaka Garden/Garden of the Phoenix
(and to others)
Submarine move route and exhibit construction
Wooded Island
63rd St. Beach House and Schiff Play Fountain

In Other Sites:

Other JPAC sites:
OFFICIAL JPAC WEBSITE AND CALENDAR: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/
Check in at Bobolink Meadow Volunteer Website. http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Includes tons of information, pics, maps about the Meadow
Facebook- Jackson Park Advisory

In hydepark.org:

Parks homepage and navigator

Lakefront Protection Ordinance
( Osaka/ Garden of the Phoenix) Japanese Garden home
Parks outside links and resources index
Wooded Island prospects, work objectives

Park Issues
Birding home and Wooded Island Summaries,
Purple Martins, Monk Parakeets
Columbian Exposition
Green (and beyond) page, with links

Outside (find more in the Green page including naturalist allies OpenLands and Audubon orgs)

Chicago Park District and City of Chicago special pages- www.southlakefrontplan.com,
(Section 106) https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements

Special: PBS has a documentary on FL Olmsted, Designing Americas Parks They have produced six short bonus videos for the film, which you can (or at least could) see now on the PBS Olmsted website. They have also produced a twelve-minute film for the Library of American Landscape History, which also will be on the PBS site soon. The film is called “The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System.” It is part of the LALH “North American by Design” film series and it is available now on the LALH website, as are two other landscape architecture films. I’ve put the links to both sites below.
Olmsted Bonus Videos. Library of American Landscape History Short Films

See the wonderful Chicago Park District You Tube on our 2016 Earth Day mulching the trail and explaining the Wooded Isle.

Project 120/Japanese Garden http://www.Project120chicago.org AND gardenofthephoenix.org- both sites rebuilt and greatly expanded. 1978 proposal for phoenix pavilion- http://www.gardenofthephoenix.org/blog/2018/01/1978-restoration-proposal

VIEW PROJECT 120'S AERIAL VIDEO OF THE SOUTH PARKS https://vimeo.com/146694398
JPAC's Project 120 page.
Opponents of Project 120 and other changes have a website, JacksonParkWatch.org.

Friends of the White City (Ray Johnson, Pres.)- http://www.FriendsOfTheWhiteCity.org
Friends of the Viking Ship- http://www.vikingship.us

Chicago Park District e-mail staff-1stname.2ndname@chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Jackson Park page in Chicago Park District website.
Museum of Science and Industry's website
Hyde Park Historical Society website
Friends of the Japanese Garden (Osaka Garden) https://sites.google.com/site/friendsofthejapanesegarden/home
Friends of the Parks

Alliance for the Great Lakes
Obama Presidential Library (U of C Bid)
Openlands (for more visit http://www.hydepark.org/parks/otherlinks.htm)
We encourage you to visit from TNC The Nature Conservancy the Illinois newspage, including volunteer and learning opportunities in the area: "Gatherings Online": http://www.nature.org/illinois.
Also Hal Cohen's blog, http://www.woodedisland. blogspot.com/ and others listed in the Birding homepage of hydepark.org.

To the Tree Inventory interactive website- http://openlands.org/openlands_gis/html/Community_Greening/TreeInventories/Jackson_Park/WoodedIsland_
TreeInventory_Genus_.html
. Follow the instructions above the legend to utilize the map features.

news and issues - (by itself) (incl. Darrow br. closure, props from Project 120 and Army Corps)
New site on the South Lakefront Plan and its revisiting 2017- www.southlakefrontplan.com.

In this homepage...

Top

In the Bobolink area donated to JPAC by Madiem Kawa of the Washington Park Conservancy in July 2012.

Next events, exhibits, Advisory Council and other meetings
full calendar

 

White City walking tours 2nd Sat in May- Oct , 11 am. Schedule in Friends of White City site. SATURDAYS AT 11 FROM EAST SIDE OF DARROW BRIDGE.

Meetings

Next council meeting (usually 2nd Monday 7 pm)
JPAC General- MEETING JULY 9, MONDAY, 6:30 PM, IOWA BUILDING (across from Montgomery Place in 1750 block of E. 56th St. ANNUAL POTLUCK PICNIC AND SECURITY MEETING. CPD and UCPD will be present. Have goals and ideas ready for them, or submit ahead to Louise at 773 844-2225 or commissioner751@icloud.net. acegikm etc. bring main dishes, bdfhjln etc. sides, condiments.

 

JANUARY 31 2018. GOLF PLAN CHANGES AND OPTIONS were presented. There has been little change since then and the meetings on the South Lakefront Plan- www.southlakefrontplan.com. Current Framework Plan can be located in CPD website under assets.

Meetings on park framework are basically done- - THE CONSOLDATED DRAFT WAS PRESENTED MARCH 13 AND 14 and will be further tweaked with the many interactions at boards and written comments given and still being taken at their website and with engineers' thoughts before presentation to the PD board, which occurred April 11.
southlakefrontplan.com.
AND OTHER REALTED MEETINGS.

May 17 - OPC (Lakefront Protection Ordinance, application for Planned Development rezoning and lease terms, CDOT road plans, CPD replacement track and field- hearing and vote at Chicago Plan Commission.
The full information on the agenda items can be found at http://www.cityofchicago.org/OPC. Or go the city website and find Dept. of Planning and Development- Chicago Plan Commission. Approved.
If approved, they all go before the City Council Zoning Committee May 22 and full City Council for vote May 23. Approved. The lease and other agreements will be voted on later by City Council, tent. June 27.

Section 106 Environmental and Historical Review- see in our page for findings, background.
March 29, occurred- Section 106 Environmental and Historical Resources Impact Federal Review Meeting 2.
The reports (Historic Properties Inventory, Archeology, and Appendices) are at https://tinyURL.com/jpimprovements. Send comments to DPD@cityofchicago.org.
The actual urls of the Historic Inventory, Appendices, and Archeology reports are https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/2018-03-19-HPI-Report.pdf. https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/Appendices.zip.
https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/2018-03-19-Arch-Report-pdf.
30-day public comment period ends April 19.
And now up is a Tutorial on the Highway 4(f) review. More reprots will appear from the tinyurl website.
The Effects assessment and possible recommended mitigations phase starts with meeting in May. Summaries of findings and background will be in our page, www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/Section_106_OPCMobilityHistoricReview_2017.htm

Army Corps restoration project information; their site:
http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/JacksonPark.aspx. Read JPAC summaries of earlier meetings.
All Island access is closed incl. Japanese garden. Contact Jerry Levy: sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. We hope for reopening later in the fall 2016.

Saturdays at 11 am. White City Tours. Contact: Louise McCurry, 773 844-2225 or visit friendsofthewhitecity.org. Meet at east end of Darrow Bridge.

VIEW PROJECT 120'S AERIAL VIDEO OF THE SOUTH PARKS https://vimeo.com/146694398

VOLUNTEER WORKDAY SCHEDULE. Work is under Chicago Park District vol. coordinator.
Would your organization or group like to volunteer to spend a few hours with our stewards working in the park in or apart from our regular workdays in places such as La Rabida shores? Call Louise McCurry at 773 844-2225.

SPECIALS including LaRabida- Call Louise, 773 844-2225, commissioner751@comcast.net.

BOBOLINK WORKDAY 2nd Saturdays 9-noon. Meet at the south end of the Meadow -- access north from Hayes/63rd Dr. via golf driving range parking lot. 9 AM-NOON. JULY 14, AUGUST 11.
WEBSITE:
New link to Bobolink Meadow workdays and volunteering- http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Info and let-us-know: parrybell@ameritech.net.
FIND OUT HOW TO GET THERE AND WHERE WE ARE MEETING FOR WORKDAY:
Generally at the Golf Driving Range parking lot or nearby south end of the meadow. MARCH 10.See you next year.

WOODED ISLAND 4th Saturdays 10-1. Details- get on Jerry's list- sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.
JUNE 23, JULY 28. MEET AT SOUTH BRIDGE TO ISLAND..

Be sure to check with Jerry and give him your email for announcements and updates. Jerry Levy- sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. Always dress for weather and bring water (although some is usually supplied). Tools and gloves are supplied. For workdays convened at the south end, there is a parking lot ne of Cornell Dr. and Hayes Dr. (But parking on Hayes is free.) Then walk north- contact Jerry for instructions sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.

IT'S YOUR PARK DAY WORKDAYS

June 16 and 23. It's Your Park Day cleanup and activities. Louise at 773-844-2225.
June 23 10:30 am and /or 12:30 pm. meet at perennial garden 59th Stony for teams with 200 Roosevelt students and volunteers from the Obama Foundation to clean, some 63rd St. beach, others along the inner harbor and Hayes Drive.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with volunteer teams- LOUISE, 773 844-2225.

June 29, Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join a team of volunteers from Field Museum for 63rd St. Beach cleanup with Alliance for the Great Lakes. Find signup link is https://www.greatlakes.org.

Youth and corporate groups frequently come to work in the park-- contact Louise as to how you can become a volunteer team leader or otherwise help: 773 844-2225, commissioner751@comcast.net

OTHER MEETINGS, PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AND APPEALS.
MORE UP TO DATE- SEE BELOW OR GO TO summer schedule of events in pdf and below

White City Columbian Exposition tours Saturdays 11 am. May 5 through summer. Meet on east side of Darrow Bridge. HOWEVER, JUNE 16- 9 AM "AFTER THE FAIR" from La Rabida children's hospital south parking lot. 11 AM TRISH MORE LEADS MIDWAY HISTORY AND WCE from the 59th/Stony boulevards kiosk.

Pianos in the Parks. JUNE 21 through August 1- Our own weather-ready piano will be outside the fieldhouse for you for the summer. You can signup for lessons with Thaddeus Tukes, Jazz favorite and scholar June 28, July 5, 10, 19, or 31.

JUNE 21 Make Music Chicago Hyde Park 11-6 in gym includes performances in a wide variety of genres,
JUNE 21 NOON, LYRIC OPERA PERFORMS IN THE GYM.
11- HP Suzuki/NWU Music.
12 LYRIC Opera Stage Artists (Chorus-- opera and musical theater favorites).
1:30-Regina Rhythms (standard, rock, R&B).
2:30- Apostolic Youth Musicians. 4- Music in Urban Schools
4:30- Thaddeus Tukes (jazz).
5- Learn a Tune on Piano with Thaddeus Tukes.


EVENTS/ACTIVITIES - (there more and updated and details- go to schedule in detailed events/activities)

White City Columbian Exposition tours Saturdays 11 am.

Watch for environmental films announcements- may be before monthly PAC meetings (not July 9)

JUNE 21. MAKE MUSIC CHICAGO, WITH LYRIC OPERA (at noon) AND OUR PIANO IN THE PARK in the fieldhouse. Performances in many genres 11 am- 6 pm.
NOON- LYRIC OPERA PERFORMS IN THE GYM.
JUNE 21-AUG 1 PIANOS IN THE PARKS- includes short piano lessons by Thadeus Tukes 1-2 June 28, July 5, 10, 19, 31. Or play your tunes. Outside the fieldhouse (rain? inside).

June 23, Saturday, 8-10 a.m. Green Rx: World Green Space and Health Walk. The program is based on the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s new evidence-based study of the health results of walking in nature. Meet at the north bridge to Wooded Island to have your blood pressure and heart rate tested, then walk the circuit path of the Island and be retested. (JPAC hopes to make this a regular feature in park programming.) For directions contact Louise, 773-844-2225.

The June 23 10:30 and 12:30 workdays with Roosevelt students and Obama Foundation volunteers assemble at the Women's Perennial Garden at Stony I/ 59th-60th for a shot presntation by Obama Foundation on its plans for the garden and site.

July 9, Monday, 6:30 pm. Annual Safety and Security picnic with police at Iowa Building.

July 16 Annual CPFoundation golf outing to support the parks. Play starts at 1, Kids (1st Tee Gtr Chicago at 9). Food/Preprogram at 11. Volunteers needed.

 

MORE IN THE SCHEDULE BELOW.


Lawn Bowling and Croquet
- Opening events in May incl 4th Sunday in May and 1st Sunday in June.
Go to lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.

Here is the updated preliminary schedule of summer activities (now including the the just-released NIGHT OUT IN THE PARKS programs. See, print pdf.

Get on our list for updates – garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.

*Jackson Park Advisory Council sponsored or co-sponsored activity, program or meeting
** Workday managed by JPAC and Chicago Park District. Included: a history and nature orientation.
* 2nd Mondays, 7 p.m. Jackson Park Advisory Council meets, (usually fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island)
** 2nd Saturdays, 9-noon. Bobolink Meadow Workdays
** 4th Saturdays, 10-1. Wooded Island Workdays

Watch for screenings of environmental films- some may preceed JPAC monthly meetings.

* Pianos in the Parks at Jackson Park. See June 21. The piano at Jackson Park fieldhouse will be available for lessons (see schedule at June 21) or casual playing June 21- August 1.
Birding organizations and groups offer bird and nature walks several days of the week.
Lawn Bowling. Visit www.lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.

Activities sponsored by the 5th Ward including walk-‘N’- runs, seniors harbor days call 773-324-5555.
* Saturdays, 11 a.m. Weekly White City History Tour (into fall). Walk areas of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Learn great stories, fascinating facts and innovations, and about the unique buildings. What was the average fairgoer’s experience? Saturdays into fall from the east side of the Darrow Bridge (parking lot south of Museum of Science and Industry.) Sponsored by JPAC and Friends of the White City. Info: www.friendsofthewhitecity.org.
(6/23, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25…. )

* June 21,Thursday- August 1. Pianos in the Parks. Jackson Park is one of 5 citywide to have a weather-ready piano (by the fieldhouse door or inside) that you can play or you can sign up at the fieldhouse (or show up) to have free short lessons from the great THADEUS TUKES 1-2 P.M. June 28 or July 5, 10, 19, or 31.
All ages, abilities, and types of music are welcome. Pianos in the Parks is presented by with Chicago Parks Foundation and Chicago Park District Night Out in the Parks, in partnership with Make Music Chicago and the Chicago Public Library. This piano wil be donated to the fieldhouse at the end of summer. 6401 S. Stony Island. (Note that on the 21st the piano will be in the gym for Make Music Chicago programs.)

* June 21, Thursday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Make Music Chicago.- Jackson Park fieldhouse. Our theme: Kids come to Jackson Park fieldhouse to make music today and all summer. Musicians or groups perform in a wide variety of genres (some may be participatory) all day in the gym 6401 S. Stony Island. Genres:: classical, kids, world, choral, rock, R&B, and jazz. Citywide: www.makemusicchicago.org/schedule.
11- HP Suzuki w NWU Music.
12 LYRIC Opera Stage Artists (Chorus-- opera and musical theater favorites).
1:30-Regina Rhythms (standard, rock, R&B).
2:30- Apostolic Youth Musicians. 4- Music in Urban Schools
4:30- Thaddeus Tukes (jazz). 5- Learn a Tune on Piano with Thaddeus Tukes.
Other Hyde Park Make Music Chicago venues – Blackstone Lib., International House, Midway Rink, UCH Sky Lobby, Augustana Church (6:30-9:30 choral incl. Le Cantanti di Chicago).

* June 23, Saturday, 8-10 a.m. Green Rx: World Green Space and Health Walk. The program is based on the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s new evidence-based study of the health results of walking in nature. Meet at the north bridge to Wooded Island to have your blood pressure and heart rate tested, then walk the circuit path of the Island and be retested. (JPAC hopes to make this a regular feature in park programming.) For directions contact Louise, 773-844-2225.

** June 23, Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wooded Island Workday in Jackson Park (4th Saturdays.) Meet at the south bridge (north of the parking lot at 63rd/Hayes and Cornell Drive. Info- Jerry, sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.

** June 23, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.- time changed & 2 repeating sets. A second It’s Your Park Workday. Join a large group of students from Roosevelt University coming by bus to clean various sections in the park including along Hayes and 63rd St. Beach. Starts with a history orientation and short discussion by reps from the Obama Foundation on plans for the Women’s Garden. Meet at the Women’s Perennial Garden at 59th St. east of Stony Island Ave. (note, tis is nodt a "meeting). PAC volunteers are needed for the workday teams- call Louise, 773 844-2225.

June 29, Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join a group fo volunteers from Field Museum for 63rd St. Beach cleanup with Alliance for the Great Lakes. Find signup link is https://www.greatlakes.org.

July 4, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m-2 p.m. 4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic. March with our banner in the parade, or help with our games, table etc. in Nichols Park. Parade assembles behind Hyde Park Bank at 54th Pl. and Old Lake Park. Nichols Park is at 53rd and Kenwood.

** July 9, Monday, 6:30 p.m. JPAC monthly meeting and annual Safety and Security Picnic. Chicago and U of C Police will attend and discuss policing in our park and take your suggestions. Park policing suggestions, goals or standards can be given ahead to Louise at 773-844-2225. We suggest persons with last name initials a, c, e, g, i, k, m etc. bring main dishes, b, d, f, h, j, l, n etc. bring sides, salads, condiments etc. but not required to attend. AT THE IOWA BUILDING, across the street from Montgomery Place, in the 1750 block of E. 56th St.
(JPAC meets 2nd Mondays, usually at 7 at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island. Following- August 13.)

** July 14, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Bobolink Meadow monthly workday (2nd Saturdays). Meet at the Jackson Park golf driving range parking lot (drive north off Hayes Drive 6300). Info and contact Meet at the golf driving range parking lot. Info- www.bobolinkmeadowvolunteers.org, parrybell@ameritech.net.

July 12, Thursday, 1 p.m.. Annual Chicago Parks Foundation Golf Outing. A fundraiser for parks. There is a fee. Volunteers are sought. Information and sign up at www.chicagoparksfoundation.org, Attend Our Events. This is preceded by a teaching and golf event for youth then adults by The First Tee of Greater Chicago – volunteers welcome. (https://thefirststeeofgreatechicago.org.) At Partee gofl clubhouse, Hayes and Richards.

July 25, August 15. 6 p.m. SummerDance in the Parks at Jackson Park 7/25/2018 6:00-9:00 PM
In collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, patrons will enjoy a free dance class and then dance the night away (varied genres). Check the site and check with fieldhouse for location- may be in the Music Court south of MSI as last year, when these were smash successes, bringing peoples together from all over the city.

** July 28, Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wooded Island Workday. Get on Jerry’s list to receive notices. sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. Starts at the south bridge to the Island, n. of Hayes pkg.
July 28, 3 p.m. DJ’s in the Parks. Presented by Art of Culture, Inc, formerly Donda’s House. 7/28/2018 3:00-6:00 PM fieldhouse?- for location call fieldhouse, 773 256-0903.

July 28, 3 p.m. DJ’s in the Parks. Presented by Art of Culture, Inc, formerly Donda’s House. 7/28/2018 3:00-6:00 PM fieldhouse?- for location call fieldhouse, 773 256-0903.

August 11 Bobolink Meadow Workday 9-12, August 13 monthly JPAC mtg at 7 in fieldhouse
August 25 Wooded Island Workday 10-1 south bridge
August 26 Annual 5th Ward Back to School Picnic at 63rd St. Beachhouse.


NIGHT OUT IN THE PARKS. The following Night Out in the Parks events will take place in Jackson Park this summer- Details at the fieldhouse, 773 256-0903 – events/and locations change, can be vague at www.nightoutintheparks.org. (See NOITP and other programs in other area parks following.)

Pianos in the Parks at Jackson Park 6/21/2018 - August 1
On June 21st, pianos will be placed in five parks around the city and will remain in each park for anyone to play until August 1st. All ages, abilities and types of music are welcome! While the pianos are for all to play, you can sign up at the fieldhouse for short lessons by jazz great and music scholar THADEUS TUKES 1-2 P.M. June 28 or July 5, 10, 19, or 31! Pianos in the Parks is presented By Chicago Parks Foundation and CPD Night Out in the Parks with Make Music Chicago and Chicago Public Library and the park PACs.

SummerDance in the Parks at Jackson Park 7/25/2018 6:00-9:00 PM
In collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, patrons will enjoy a free dance class and then dance the night away (varied genres). Check the fieldhouse for location- Perhaps the Music Court south of MSI. These are big draws, bringing peoples together from all over the city.

DJ’s in the Parks. Donda’s House (now Cultural Arts, Inc. 7/28/2018 3:00-6:00 PM fieldhouse? Check with fieldhouse for exact location.

Movies in the Parks at Museum Science, & Industry 8/11/2018 8:15-10:10 PM.
THE INCREDIBLES- A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. PG | 115 minutes | 2004*Closed Captioned. Start time is approximate, all movies begin at dusk. Movies in the Parks is presented by Bank of America.

The Lucky Trikes: Story Times at 67th and Ridgeland Playlot 8/14/ 8/21 8/28 2018 6:15-7:15 PM
Bring a picnic supper for all-ages music story times. Dynamic, interactive reading of great picture books and The Lucky Trikes' own stories are backed-up with live improvised, participatory classical music and original songs. Musicians from Chicago's thriving new music and free jazz scenes join Deirdre and Kyle for each performance. This event is presented as a part of the City of Chicago's Year of Creative Youth. Check out more YOCY events at www.yearofcreativeyouth.com.

SummerDance in the Parks at Jackson Park 8/15/2018 6:00-9:00 PM (Check loc with fieldhouse)

Flowers for the Living at 63rd St. Beach 8/17/2018 6:00-8:00 PM 63rd Street Beach
Flowers for the Living began as a YouTube series that paired spoken word with covers of popular love songs. What originally only included Harold Green, his wife Charisma and an acoustic trio, has now blossomed into a roster of over 20 Chicago's most talented singers, an 8 piece band, live visual artists, and a series of quarterly live productions and spin off shows. Harold's vision for Flowers for the Living is to spread love throughout the community and give people their flowers while they can still smell them.

ELM- 6/30 Saturday, 4 pm. Ben Hinti African Theatre Ensemble (multi-media) Night Out ITP family program

NICHOLS PARK Night Out in the Parks events:
6/19 5 p.m. Helios Improvisation Outdoors. Jazz-based music performance led b Emily Kuhn.
7/12 dusk. Movies in the Parks- Ms. Doubtfire
7/14 4 p.m. Melanian Voices (Poetry and spoken word)
8/6 6 p.m. Tsukasa Taiko Japanese Drumming
Nichols Park also hosts 4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic and on following weeks to mid September-
Sunday Afternoon Concerts (4 p.m. various genres). _________________

SOUTH SHORE CULTURAL CENTER hosts free events, among them:
6/17 Sunday 4 p.m. Rodeo event
6/24 Sunday 4 p.m. South Shore Opera Company “Opera Goes to the Movies”
7/9 Monday 7 p.m. members of the Grant Park Festival Orchestra- Vivaldi- The Four Seasons
7/19 Thursday 7 p.m. Grant Park Chorus in the Parks- Barber, Bruckner, Britten and others
7/26 Thursday 6:30-8:30 Unity4Community w police-- spoken word, poetry, music led by Maggie Brown

Park District Board meetings- usually 2nd Wednesdays 3:30 pm 541 N. Fairbanks 8th Fl. excpt those held in park fieldhouses. (Register online to speak at PD website from Friday-Tuesday 5 pm preceding or in person by 3:30 day of.) http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/legistar. Note, the committees now meet as part of the board meetings. Some meetings- often one a quarter are held in parks- contact Candrice Ogletree to be placed on the e-announcement list. To speak- fill in the form at signuptospeak@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

There are many private lessons available in various sports in Jackson Park. One in golf for ladies is that of Robin Aikens, LPGA pro. http://www.chicagolandgolfacademy.uschedule.com keyword the trainer, such as Robin Aikens. Ask park supervisory Bobbie Beckam about opportunities.
And formal and informal grous that use the park various times of the year, such as Dare to Try, a disabilities training group that uses adaptive bikes, walking groups, zumba, kayaking, Sea Scouts, field teams...

Park information

Register for classes. Next online for next quarter- 1st Tuesday 2 months before start starting at 9 am. Go ahead of time to park district website and browse the programs/classes you want or the park and note and set up account and writed down checklist. On the day above, go into the site and register and pay (PayPal) - it may take time to complete or get confirmation and sme classes fill thire online quota very fast.
On site registration is on Sat. Saturday or Monday following- check list in website or call the park staff 773 256-0903.

PARK POINTS- REWARDS FOR (ESP. OVER 13) PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN YOUR PARK! or doing park-related things on social media, taking pics, attending events and conferences. http://www.chiparkpoints.com. Get them year around! and conjunction with Night Out In the Parks.

Are you a loyal patron of Chicago’s parks? Then Park Points was made for you!

The Chicago Park District is excited to announce the launch of Park Points, a new and innovative program designed to enhance further exploration and engagement for park patrons by rewarding some of your everyday interactions with the Park District. The first of its kind in the country, Park Points is available through your mobile device, desktop, and any other devices with Internet access.

Park Points provides you many ways to earn points simply by being a Chicago Park District patron. Earning opportunities could include visiting a specific beach or park, sharing photos via social media, participating in certain classes, attending specific events, and more. As exciting activities are happening in our parks and facilities we will let you know exactly how to earn more points. In fact, by signing up today and linking some of your social media accounts, you’ll instantly be rewarded with points!

The best part of it all is that you get to take the points you’ve earned and bid on exclusive experiences such as turning on Buckingham Fountain, private training from a boxing expert or taking a boat cruise to enjoy the lakefront fireworks! And that’s just the beginning, throughout the year we’ll be adding exciting experiences for you to bid on.

Park Points is our way of saying thanks for being our biggest supporters and reward you for your continued loyalty.

If you have not checked out Park Points yet, visit www.chiparkpoints.com to register and start earning points now!

Engage.Earn.Redeem.

 

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Picture of the August 27 2011 Beach Sweep crew

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Above is a small sample of what you will see on the tours, the fabulous, refurbished Osaka Japanese Garden.

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Who, Where?

JPAC COMMITTEES

Fundraising and Development- contact Louise.
Sports and Fields. Chair is tba.
Dog Friendly/Exercise Park, Jackson Bark. Louise McCurry.
(visit
http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/the-dog-park---jackson-bark.htm. See also in the Jackson and Dogs page in this site.)-
Safety Security.
Nature. Stewards (see next), Trails and Nature Programs- Fran Vandervoort. and under Fundraising and program for now. Signage-memb. for now by appointment
Sports

Who is JPAC President Louise McCurry and what is her vision and agenda (at election as president 2010)?

Besides being a health care provider, Louise is/has been:

Member JPAC for approx. 15 years
•Avid hiker, biker, dog walker, kite flyer, past docent for the Notebaert Nature Academy and Field Museum
•Raised her children in HP
•Picks up trash and fills holes in JP
•In park several times a day and loves it.
•For past 20 years, in charge of the American Youth Soccer Organization in Hyde Park.

PLANS FOR JPAC
•[Build upon] our strength, our families and groups who use the Park
•Wants each group to choose a member to represent them in JPAC
•Must broaden base of volunteers
•Need committee to look at work of other PACs
•JPAC has many brilliant but inactive members expert in trees, birds, water conservation, child development, music in the parks, park history, etc. Let's get those people INVOLVED in working out volunteer programs and projects to improve the Park.
•The new web site for JPAC is important for communicating the work of JPAC, disseminating timely info about upcoming events. We want the website should be interactive, used by our friends.
•JPAC can be an important community resource where programs are carefully planned and speakers are invited to educate us.
•People should leave each meeting saying "I learned something I can really use." We should have coffee, tea, and healthy snacks at each meeting. People are more friendly when they break bread together.
•We are an amazing community resource, full of some of the brightest and most dedicated people on the South Side. I think together, we at JPAC can make a difference in how people enjoy and relate to Jackson Park.

This is adjusted from her position paper of November's (2010) JPAC meeting
SEE SOME OF JPAC'S INTERESTS AND PRIORITIES IN 2014

 

Jackson Park represents a portion of Frederick Law Olmsted's original South Park, designed in 1871. The park went on to become the site of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. With over 500 acres of parkland, Jackson Park consists of six interrelated zones:

Jackson park provides a continuum of recreational and leisure experiences. From boating to fishing, golf to soccer, field house to beach house, the range of recreational choices found at Jackson Park is unparalleled in Chicago.

Jackson Park is located on Chicago's mid South Lakefront between 5600 and 6700 between Stony Island Avenue (1600 east) and Lake Michigan. Principal arterial is South Lake Shore Drive; the cross-road is Hayes Drive at 6300 although Marquette Drive goes through the park just north of 67th. Stony Island Avenue on the west edge of the park connects to the Chicago Skyway to the south; 55th Street to the Dan Ryan expressway. Marquette at 6600 S.) Cornell Drive goes north-south through the west sid of the park between 67th and 57th Drive (the latter intersecting with the Drive).

The park is served by bus routes 6 (express to/from downtown-79th/South Shore; near-park stops: 56th-Hyde Park, Stony Island 57th to 67th, 67th to South Shore), 10 (Museums-seasonal, terminus north entrance to Museum of Science and Industry) 14 (express to/from downtown at Jeffery/67th stop), 15 (along Stony Island and 67th to Jeffery), 26 express (67th South Shore to Jeffery rush hour peak direction), 28 (Lake Park, Stony Island) and rush hour express from Union Station via Lake Shore Drive and S Hyde Park in Hyde Park, south on Stony to 103rd), 55/X55 (to Green Line, Red Line and Midway Airport, terminus Museum of Science and Industry), 59, 63, 67, 170, 171, 173 (last 3 loop University of Chicago and Hyde Park-Kenwood) and by Metra Electric (to downtown and the south suburbs). There are many bike trails through the park, including along the lake, but not many straight-through except Hayes and Marquette Drives, although a roundabout route over Darrow Bridge [currently closed] runs to the 59th St. underpass.

The park is shared with two important institutions: the Museum of Science and Industry (a Museum in the Parks) and La Rabida Children's Hospital. Our neighbors include the University of Chicago and other institutions including landmarked Robie House and Rockefeller Chapel. To our immediate north is famed Promontory Point, to our south the South Shore Cultural Center.

Other key structural park destinations in addition to the field house at 6401 S. Stony Island are the 63rd Street Beach House with Interactive Play Fountain, the Bowling Green and clubhouse south of Science Drive/5800, the 18-hole Golf Course centered at the Partee Golf Clubhouse southwest of Hayes and Richards, and the Golf Driving Range north of Hayes Drive and the harbors- we have three yacht clubs! Currently unused and awaiting a restaurant or concession are the former US Coast Guard station buildings.

Other major features: Statue of the Republic at Hayes and Richards Drive, Wooded Island (Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary and Osaka Japanese Garden), Bob-o-link Meadow, Perennial Garden at Stony/Cornell and Midway Plaisance (59th), Columbia Basin and Clarence Darrow Bridge south of Museum of Science and Industry, Landmarked 63rd St. Bathing Pavilion with Schiff interactive garden, emerging new dune habitat, drumming circle, and to the north the re-set old granite paver beach,, 57th Beach, 59th Marina, 'Iowa' building at 56th and South Shore, Jackson Park Harbor, the many soccer and other fields, the running track at Stony and 61st, and really neat bridges.

JPAC's interests and priorities (not in order)

Park Management
Headquarters
is the Field House at 6401 South Stony Island Avenue, 60637. 773 256-0903. Park Supervisor is Bobbie Beckam, bobbie.beckam@chicagoparkdistrict.com. 2nd Andrea Frink.

This is in turn directed by the Chicago Park District South Region (312 747-7661), Maya Solis, represented by Area Manager Farah Tunks, 773 324-0540. The region offices are at Tarkington Park, with the Area Manager at Washington Park.

Parks Security 312 747-2193.

Park Management- parts of the park are outsourced- the harbors to Westrec, the golf course to Billy Casper, concessions and comfort stations to Aramark, and parts of the natural areas and gardens to various firms.

Director for the South Region is Daphne Johnson, Area Manager Cordell Hopkins


Happenings at the field house/kids programs, 6401 South Stony Island Avenue, 60637, 773 256-0903. For more: go to our Recreation Directory and Parks Directory, Chicago Park District website, 312 742-PLAY, or get the quarterly program flyer at park field houses. Register on line (limited spaces) or in person. Park fieldhouse office: 773 256-0903.

Specials: open to all, and adults encouraged to come and observe even kid's programs.

 

 

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Recreational facilities and opportunities at Jackson Park

Visit Jackson Park's Fitness Center. Purchase a fitness pass today and receive unlimited visits during the quarter, Monday-Friday 9:30 am-9:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Per-session also available. Jackson Park Field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 773 256-0903.