Welcome to the April 2013 J.P.A.C. Newsletter

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Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District, Chicago Illinois

Editor Gary Ossewaarde, JPAC Secretary. Hosted by hydepark.org, website of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (owner, hpkcc@aol.com) by Dot Easy and OnShore Communications

Look for Jackson and other Hyde Park-Kenwood park announcements in the Hyde Park Herald- In the Parks box in the calendar section.

Next meeting Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island 60637

Jackson Park Advisory Council March 11, 2013 AC Meeting

Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. in the fieldhouse, a quorum being present. The agenda was distributed and introductions made. The minutes of the March meeting were approved at the end of the meeting, moved by Fran Vandervoort and 2nd by Esther Schechter. There was no treasurer’s report.

A new organization, Friends of the White City introduced their plans and hopes and gave a video presentation on the Columbian Exposition. Lead presenter was Ray Johnson, with Susan Sherman and Stephanie Malcom. Planned activities include raising the profile and understanding of the World’s Columbian Exposition through activities and teaching in schools and in the park; stewardship actions; collection of stories, and expansion of website, map, documentary and other presentation media. They are developing partnerships and will meet with a JPAC committee on future coordination. Visit http://www.FriendsOfTheWhiteCity.org or write to Mr. Johnson at FriendsOfTheWhiteCity@gmail.com.

William Tillis, Jackson Park Supervisor, reported that Jackson Park has been chosen as one of the sites for year-round Windy City Basketball league for 13-17 year-olds Fridays 7-10, Saturdays 5-10. (Starts in April—get forms at parks or ward offices.) Lots of money has been raised for this. They will have their own staff. Sign up for all spring programs here starts April 19 and includes track, baseball, and cheerleading.

The Park District has chief of Park Security, Thomas Byrne. Kim DuBuclet has been hired to manage Community and Intergovernmental Affairs. . Welcome!

JPAC is exploring possibilities for a community garden overlooking the lagoon near Bobolink Meadow and for a youth sailing program.

Louise and other attendees reported from Friends of the Parks’ March 9 Park Advocacy Conference at South Shore Cultural Center. Highlights included progress and specifics on a new Strategic Plan for the District, getting the kinks out of permitting and management of events in the parks, and ways for councils to find funds for their activities and parks. (Park District insistence on substantial funding of projects by other divisions of government was controversial.) A crime and security summit followed—serious efforts and adjustments are being made, new suggestions and strategies were offered, but the both park advocates and experts made it clear the challenge is enormous. McCurry added that there is and will be more PkD security presence in the parks, but there appeared to be confusion about park security powers and whether legislative change is needed. Councils were urged to be involved in CAPS and keep reporting and following up on activity. McCurry at this point tonight detailed the ups and downs of illegal and related activities in various parts of Jackson Park.

JPAC workshops for the 2013 season are starting up- the most definite so far was a Small Tool Sharpening class May 11 1:30-3:30 in the fieldhouse (free, bring tools). A composting workshop is likely in June.
Workdays are in progress- 2nd Saturdays 9-12 in Bobolink, 4th Saturdays 10-1 in Wooded Island. For information and signup contact Norm Bell- parrybell@ameritech.net for Bobolink, Jerry Levy- sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com for Wooded Island, Louise McCurry for LaRabida and other sectors- 773 844-2225.
At least 8 groups are already signed to help on regular or special days this spring and summer- is yours?
The signage committee has completed work and is ready to discuss recommendations with the Park District.

The meeting was adjourned about 9 pm. Next meeting April 8 7:30 in the fieldhouse.
Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

Don’t forget- Birdwalks Saturdays at 8, Wednesdays at 7- meet at the Darrow Bridge south of the Museum.
Workdays: see above for contacts for these and other workdays including Earth Day April 20. April 13 Bobolink, April 27 Wooded Island.
Park classes and programs signup- best through chicagoparkdistrict.com- browse and set up account.
Museum of Science and Industry- “Animal Inside Out” through Sept. 2; Omnimax: “Space Junk.”