Welcome to the April 2009 J.P.A.C. Newsletter,
Volume 17, No. 4

Published monthly by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized Advisory Council to the Chicago Park District

Editor Gary Ossewaarde

With gratitude for siting in www.hydepark.org- hpkcc@aol.com, administrator George W. Rumsey

 

Page 1 (Frontpage) is not available scanned at this time.

Page 2 Highlights: March 2009 Council Meeting Minutes, Announcements

Douglass Dedication coming May 15

Museum of Science and Industry plans

Olympic changes

Volunteer Workdays; new plantings in progress

Osaka Garden Foundation

DuSable Society program highlights Columbian Expo rel. to Haiti, Douglass, African American presence

New at South Shore Cultural Center

Park programs and upsurge in teen signup

Need for attendance at April 13 Advisory Council Meeting- including vote on bylaw changes.


Jackson Park Advisory Council Minutes March 9, 2009

The meeting was convened at 7:40 p.m. by Gary Ossewaarde at request of the vice president. A quorum was not present, so reports were received but no actions taken. Guests included Lorne Green, 20th Ward Office of Ald. Willie Cochran (Woodlawn and beyond).

Barry Rapoport reported that the program and announcement for the dedication of the Frederick Douglass monument were under final review by the Park District. All were urged to recruit a large attendance for this gala event May 15 south of the Bowling Green. Many gave or helped to ensure this commemoration of Douglass, the Columbian Exposition opening, and Haitian participation therein.

Ossewaarde and Frances Vandervoort reported on their meeting with Museum of Science and Industry officers about two new exhibits opening soon: Harry Potter, in a tent on the northeast lawn, and an updated and refurbished Smart Home-Green and Wired (which will include a wind turbine, more green and sustainable materials and facilities including in the garden, and a summer farmers’ market on select Fridays). No concerns were reported with these projects. Planning continues on the southwest lot reconstruction, and construction continues inside on new exhibits. Attendance and finances continue to be healthy.

The Olympic final bid was reported to be submitted since our last meeting, with a changed location for the Jackson Park soccer to the ball field and track across from Hyde Park High School rather than near the lagoons. Details and questions were discussed.

Park Volunteer Saturday Workdays are resuming, 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Phase I Wooded Island plantings are expected to start under the Park District. Many gave their input into the new planting template.

A new conservancy, Osaka Garden Foundation, is forming and has held preliminary meetings, with a broad base of experts and interested persons and organizations. Leader William Florida is invited to our meetings. For details, contact wflorid@yahoo.com.

Noted was an interesting program held at U of C by the DuSable Society, Chicago’s Haitian community, Friends of the Parks and others. This included Roosevelt University Professor Christopher Reed on little-known aspects of African-American and Haitian presence at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Some interesting happenings to our south were the refurbishing of South Shore Cultural Center and holding of hugely successful performances there by the Civic Orchestra and the new South Shore Opera Company of Chicago (call Gary for contacts on the latter), and also concern about plans to turn parts of Rainbow Beach/Arthur Ashe and Rosenblum parks over to CPS for schools.

William Tillis, Jackson Park Supervisor, reported on three successful student essay contests held at the field house in January and February. Spring programs were gearing up. These are the most successful Jackson Programs, as the kids are roaring to get outside. Increasing winter program attendance will require thought and even more work with the schools. Tillis noted that the number of teens enrolling in programs has increased enormously lately, and the teens feel comfortable at Jackson. The park has tennis programs in preparation. Private instructors teach tennis to small children in the summer. Football is free and very popular. Due to the park district budget issue, program fees will have to be raised and how everything is done reevaluated. The staff is able to handle the numbers and programs have no immediate financial assistance needs.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm. The next meeting will be on April 13, 7:30 p.m., Field House, 6401 S. Stony Island.

Respectfully submitted,
Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE AT THE APRIL 13 MEETING TO CONDUCT MAJOR BUSINESS AND TO GATHER YOUR INPUT.
A VOTE ON BYLAW REVISIONS WILL BE TAKEN. ON VIEW AT THE FIELD HOUSE OR CALL GARY FOR APPT. 773 947-9541 OR garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.

VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS HAVE RESUMED 2ND, 4TH SATURDAYS, 10-1. Meet at Darrow Bridge so. Of MSI. 773 486-0505.

BIRD WALKS- CHECK WITH DOUG ANDERSON 773 493-7058. WED. 7 AM, SAT. 8. Darrow Bridge.

SAVE THE DATE – MAY 15, FRIDAY, NOON. DEDICATION OF THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS MONUMENT, with lots of activities and entertainment including from schools. Between the Bowling Green and Marina. Flyer with details in the next Newsletter.