Welcome to the April 2014 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

Visit JPAC's new official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Find Facebook link there.
Visit also http://www.bluestem.info/Bobolink/

JPAC posts the monthly newsletter, with updates, to those who provide their email- garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.
LINKS TO NEWSLETTERS (starting in 2006)- (http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html- this is also the RETURN link to the Jackson Park homepage in this website)

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District, Chicago Illinois. JPAC's fiscal agent is Friends of the Parks, a 501c3.

Editor Gary Ossewaarde, JPAC Secretary. Hosted by hydepark.org (archive section Hyde Park Record) 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 (http://www.hpherald.com)- In the Parks box in the calendar section.


March 10, 2014 JPAC Council Minutes
and announcements for the April meeting

Jackson Park Advisory Council Newsletter – April 2014 (to Front page alone, printable)

JPAC’s next meeting and talk is on Monday, April 14, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.
Sylvia Jones will present the restoration and programs of Garfield Park Conservatory and her work with the Chicago Historic Bungalow Initiative.
April 14 Business includes 1) ELECTION- the vacant vice president position (Frances Vandervoort accepted nomination; other nominations will be taken from the floor). 2) Introduction of a proposed BYLAWS AMENDMENT - for purposes of members’ notices, electronic notice is sufficient for those who give e-addresses.
May 12- watch for presentation by Project 120 on visions and proposals for the park. Place tba.

Saturday Workdays: April 12: Bobolink Meadow. 1-3+ pm. Contact parrybell@ameritech.com, visit http://bluestem.info/bobolink/. Generally meets in the north meadow entrance- find out how to get there- http://bluestem.info/bobolink/getting-there.html.

April 26: 9-12. Earth Day tree planting and Wooded Island. Plant trees (and learn how to do it right). Tent. east of Cornell Drive at c. 5800/5900 S. Signup http://earthdaychicago.org, or FOTP Mary Eileen Sullivan, 312 857-2757. Or for this or other projects on Wooded Island sign up with Jerry Levy, sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. Jerry’s projects generally start at 10 from the Darrow Bridge.

Mission accomplished: On March 15 JPAC’ers and others gathered on the north bridge to Wooded Island to dedicate its naming as Nancy C. Hays Memorial Bridge. Read more and about Nancy Hays at http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/NancyCHaysMemorial.htm.

March 29 Park Advocacy Conference included a lively presentation by Louise McCurry on kids and Jackson Pk.

JPAC’s completely revamped modern website goes live within the next few weeks. It will be filled with easy-to-find stories of the park and what people are doing to vitalize the park, backed with lots of new photographs. There’s already plenty in the current website. And we promise to keep it updated. Much thanks to Gerald Miller, IT intern at the Hyde Park Herald for work and training. Much material is researched and furnished by Gary Ossewaarde, Louise and Robert McCurry, Fran Vandervoort, and the stewards. The address remains http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org.

Expenses for park, day camp, and JPAC are coming up-we could use your contributions. Send check to JPAC c/o Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella, Chicago, IL 60649. Our fiscal agent is Friends of the Parks (501c3).

March 10, 2014 meeting

The meeting at Montgomery Place Retirement Community opened with two fascinating PowerPoint presentations. Lorraine Straw of Friends of the Viking Ship gave the story of the unique replica vessel that was sailed across the Atlantic for the Columbian Exposition, its amazing career since, and stabilization work in a park in the western suburbs. The group is raising funds for restoration and display. Visit, including re: visiting the ship/ museum, http://www.vikingship.us. The repainted dragon’s head (prow) and tail are in MSI storage.

Raymond Johnson, lead of Friends of the White City (http://www.FriendsoftheWhiteCity.org) presented the interesting and tragic story of the Ice-making building and skating rink at the Exposition, and its fire with heavy loss of firemen. (The large, painted wooden statue of Columbus that stood in front of the ice house is now in the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago, 5218 S. Western Avenue- open house 4th Saturdays- http://www.firemuseumofgreaterchicago.org.
Thank you, Montgomery Place and residents’ committee. JPAC/ Friends of the White City docents give tours of the Columbian Exposition in the summer; signup was taken for a bus tour for Montgomery Place residents.

In the regular business meeting, JPAC presented Olmsted Awards to Stewards Norm Bell, Gail Parry, and Jerry Levy. Upon due motion, JPAC declared that the vice presidency is vacant and nominations open. Fran Vandervoort volunteered to serve; additional nominations will be taken and election held on April 14.

Ray Johnson will represent JPAC on Ald. Hairston’s committee on historic markings.
Marissa Miles introduced an idea for children’s theater in the ‘Iowa’ building.

Announcements, adjournment.
Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary