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Jackson Park Advisory Council

J.P.A.C. NEWSLETTER APRIL 2016 Vol. 23 No. 3

Next meeting and events

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District, Chicago Illinois.
JPAC's fiscal agent is The Chicago Parks Foundation, a 501c3.
President is Louise McCurry, 773 844-2225, commissioner751@comcast.net.

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

Founded in 1983

The purpose of the JPAC is to provide a forum for …users of Jackson Park; to advise and make recommendations to the Chicago Park District on park improvements and programs (and create/ ensure programs); to encourage long-range planning; promote community utilization and awareness of park and program and participation in planning; and seek alternative funding sources.
Protecting Nature, Preserving History, Promoting Recreation"

Next meeting: MONDAY APRIL 11, 2016 7p.m.
JP fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
Guest presentation by Chicago Park Distict Outdoors and Nature Play team
Minutes & Finances
Old & New bus, Announcements, adjourn

April 23, Saturday. 9 am Earth Day cleanup - meet at 63rd St. Beach. Some teams will go to other sites.
12:30-2:30 57th St. Beach with Bike Clinic.

April 23, Saturday, 10 am (open until 2)- Wooded Island progress tour, with short on park history and Col. Expo. Meet at the south gate north of 63rd/Hayes Dr. lot. You must check in. THERE MAY BE A WORKDAY- contact Jerry Levy. Repeats 4th Saturdays. In early summer the fence may come down and details may change.

We are going to have an important workday on Wooded Island this Saturday, April 23rd from 9 til 1:00 or whatever time you can give us. We are going to re-establish the mulched trail that led through the center of the Island north and south. The CPD is going to drop off huge amounts of mulch, wheel barrels, tools etc. We need all the help we can get to get a good start on the trail. As a completely separate activity, Lauren Umek is going to have another guided tour starting at the south end at 10:00. Everyone will have to enter at the gate at the south end for both events. Hope to see you. Jerry Levy]

May 1, Sunday, 2 pm lecture-presentation followed at 3:30 by visit to the Japanese Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park.
"In the Garden of the Phoenix: The Shoji Osato Story." Robert W. Karr presents the story of Chicago's connections with Japan including the Columbian Exposition and its Phoenix Pavilion on Wooded Island and the Osato family that managed the pavilion in the 1930s and underwent interment in Kenwood. Sono Osato became a world famous ballet and musical dancer and Timothy Osato served in the Army in WWII. The story continues through the Osaka Japanese Garden to new cherry groves and Yoko Ono's soon-to-open Sky Landing where the Phoenix Temple stood.
Program takes place in the Museum of Science and Industry's Little Theater and concludes with a walk through the cherry groves and the Japanese Garden on Wooded Island. RSVP and information at info@project120chicago.org. Sponsored by Chicago Park District, Project 120, Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, Jackson Park Advisory Council, Japanese American Service Committee, and Japanese American Historical Society.

May 14, Saturday, 9 am-noon. 2nd Saturdays Bobolink Meadow workday. Visit http://bluestem.info/bobolink and contact parrybell@ameritech.net. Note, a footrace (not large) is expected- Jackson Park Classic in and around the park.

May 14, Saturday, 8 am-noon? Migratory Bird Treaty Day. A noted biology teacher will lead the program including an early and maybe later tour through Bobolink Meadow and Woods. Our Bobolink stewards will lead a bird-friendly planting in Bobolink. There will be birdhouse making and more and talks in the Music Court southeast of the Museum.
You can also take a self-guided tour of Wooded Island between 10 and 2 (from the Island south entrance).

June 18, Saturday, 10 am-2 pm. It's Your Park Day- Chicago Parks Foundation. Save the day for a cleanup and more, as well as the Wooded Island activities. Note, a Hunger walk is expected that day in the park.

July 18. Chicago Parks Foundation Golf Outing in Jackson Park. chicagoparksfoundation.org.


2nd Sat of Month
time-10-2 )
self guided tours with Lauren Umek and Jerry Levy there for questions

4th Sat of Month
10-2 -tour 10-12 with Island staying open until 2 subject to change Guided tours with Lauren Umek and may include on the history and World's Columbian Exposition on Jackson Park

Tours start from the south gate. (Parking is available.) Because this is a construction area, access and visitation must be under park district supervision, with voucher sign in and out. Your patience is appreciated. Inquiry and questions can be addressed to Lauren.Umek@chicagoparkdistrict.com or Jerry Levy at sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.

CONTENTS p1 (Frontpage) About/announcements
p2-3 Minutes
p 3 Announcement

>>> 2016 MEMBERSHIP/GIFTS - Mail checks made out to JPAC to JPAC C/O Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella 60649. or bring to the meeting. We hope online will be restored soon. Basic level: $35. (Fiscal agent Chicago Parks Foundation, a 501c3.)<<<


Official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org
(The site is being updated and with a new calendar (now up). And see the sites below for new and latest.)
Alt. Home, and links: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html
Files (index)- http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/
Newsletters (index)- http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters/
Keep current + news details: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/jpnewsbuls.htm
ACE Wooded I- news and links-http://hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ace2014.htm
JPAC’s Obama Library Ctr.: http://hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ObamaPLibrary.htm
Project 120: Project120Chicago.org, gardenofthephoenix.org
Bobolink website: http://bluestem.info/bobolink/
Friends of the White City: http://www.friendsofthewhitecity.org

GET THE NEWSLETTER ELECTRONICALLY-send your email to Gary Ossewaarde.

Louise McCurry, President
Anne Marie Miles, VP
Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary and Newsletter editor
Dwight Powell, Treasurer
Jake Young, Cherry Theard-
at-large:membership, web/media

JPAC meets monthly 2nd Mondays, 2/8 (cancelled), 3/14, 4/2, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10
$35 per person. Opp levels $100, $250, $500…
TO JPAC c/o Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella, Chicago, IL 60649. Or in the website.


President Louise McCurry 773 844-2225 commissioner751@comcast.net

Gary Ossewaarde (Sec., mtgs., Newsletter, mail/membership
1765 E. 55th St. B6 Chicago, IL 60615. 773 947-9541 garyossewaarde@yahoo.com

Dwight Powell (Treas.) 7206 S.
Luella, 60649 773 288-4943. dwightpowell216@yahoo.com

Jerry Levy (Wooded I steward)
Norm Bell/Gail Parry (Bobolink stewards)

Chicago Park District-
Bobbie Beckam 773 256-0903 bobbie.beckam@chicagoparkdistrict.com
Region mgr Maya Solis and ofice
312 747-7661
Area Manager Farah Tunks- farah.tunks@chicagoparkdistrict.com,
312 828-2792



Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7 p.m., a quorum of members and c. 45 being present. McCurry distributed the agenda. Attendees gave introductions of who they are and their interest in the park.

McCurry gave a brief history of Jackson Park; accomplishments and additions; JPAC’s locales of focus for fixing such as Darrow Bridge, Iowa building, and at LaRabida; workdays and history-nature tours now underway and planned, with extensive planting soon to begin on Wooded Island.

Guests: Michael Strautmanis, Vice President for Civic Engagement, Obama Presidential Foundation, said he was starting a serious and extensive community input-gathering process and that the Foundation wants the library and center to be place for the community to carry out its hopes and for the center to be impactful for communities.
Stephanie Franklin, president of Nichols Park Advisory Council and co-chair of 4th on 53rd Street Parade and Picnic, described the importance of this annual event and appealed for both volunteers and planners- if there are enough so each can do a small task, it will be an enjoyable time for all. She distributed a flyer and sign up sheets. She can be reached at 773 955-3622.

Park and program. Bobbie Beckam, Jackson Park Supervisor, said the teams are very competitive citywide in nearly every seasonal sport. Windy City Hoops has a major impact on youth. Youth are also impressed with our park’s having fiberglass backboards outside.

Bobolink Meadow. Norm Bell said the workdays, 2nd Saturday mornings, include environmental education. They plant milkweed for the monarch butterflies among other work.

Wooded Island. Jerome Levy and Lauren Umek. All remaining major work short of planting will be done before the migratory bird season. After the spring bird season and observation of what comes up naturally, planting begins with 400+ mature trees and large amounts of lower native vegetation (corps of volunteers will be needed, especially 4th Saturdays. And the fences will come down. Fran Vandervoort called attention to the nature trail connecting Wooded Island to Bobolink that will be open when the fence comes down.

Volunteers needed. Earth Day April 23, convening at 63rd St. Beach. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in
advance with Friends of the Parks (www.fotp.org ) or Alliance for the Great Lakes (www.greatlakes.org ).
April 30, 9 am. Workday at LaRabida beach. Contact Louise.
May 14 Migratory Bird Day- volunteers are needed for several activities in the Music Court- contact Louise.
The next nature photo contest will start in May.
June 25 a.m. Its Your Park Day- save the workday focused on neighbors taking responsibility in their parks.

Esther Schechter noted trash and fly dumping in the south part of the park especially Marquette & Richards Drives and asked both CPD action and setting up a volunteer team.
Kenny Newman cited safety issues including storm damage such as at the harbors and LaRabida, bike path ruts and failures.

New Business. Jackson Park Watch representatives Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmidt submitted for future discussion a paper, “Community Input Process Procedure” addressing Project 120, available from jacksonparkwatch@gmail.com. It called for meetings with stakeholder groups who would hold a combined meeting to set up a process. They described Jackson Park Watch and its website jacksonparkwatch.org. They said there have been public meetings as well as private but insufficient engagement.
Several persons spoke on need for process or reasons against new facilities or changes, especially east Darrow Bridge, allowing traffic across the bridge to Cornell or narrowing/slowing traffic on Cornell Drive.
Others cited an article by Landscape Architect Patricia O’Donnell, hired to oversee the GLIFER ecological restoration project and South Parks Framework Planning. The article gives the research and vision for restoring/balancing Jackson Park’s Olmsted vision/landscape and habitat—and for equity and public voice in the integrity of the park. Fran Vandervoort circulated her Hyde Park Herald letter (03/09) on the perils and inequitable past of “benign neglect” in Jackson Park. Dwight Powell cited past and present inequities in parks: the park district has little money; citizens must do the work, apply pressure, and seek partners. 2

Bob Karr, head of Project 120, said that for the park’s future and in proposing any changes we need to look at the park holistically and in context of public will. Public input will continue and be taken seriously. Project 120 will not raise money for or do things not wanted by the public. He said their 2014 Memorandum of Understanding with the Park District rose from need to show a holistic park vision to secure funding for and justify the GLIFER restoration project and to create oversight and vision so the Army Corps habitat mandate was balanced with repair of the historic Olmsted character and vision of the park-- a broad set of stakeholders wanted both. The MOU used extensive research, which is ongoing. It references and draws upon the existing framework plan. Any revisiting of it is subject to a public input process. Money being raised currently is $1 million for phase II of the GLIFER project, not for such projects as a pavilion in the Music Court.
Other informational questions: 1) more information about the Memorandum of Understanding between CPD and Project 120 such as whether it created a revised framework plan or simply sets forth descriptions and a vision as of 2014 as context for Project 120 to participate in funding for the GLFER restoration. Kim duBuclet offered to investigate the MOU’s background and role.
2) Darrow bridge—the obligation of responsible governmental bodies to restore and open it, the possibility of a temporary bridge, and desirability and type of further advocacy by JPAC and others on behalf of the bridge.
3) The future of the 59th tennis courts and dog area and also the well-used 63rd tennis courts if the golf driving range is moved—generally agreed that each would require its own public process.

Jane Masterson noted that she gives frequent nature walks in the park. These are posted in Good Neighbors and Pass It On.
Kenny Newman asked that JPAC seek a screening of a new documentary “Shifting Sands,” (shown in part by Friends of the Parks March 10) when released,

Jake Young said that the calendar in www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org is now in operation and updated.

Treasurer Dwight Powell reported $4,989.65 in the bank account.

Minutes of the January 11 meeting. Margaret Schmid moved that the resolution regarding Project 120 be corrected to the originally introduced text,
“Moved that JPAC should reconsider its vote in support of the Project 120 concept of a pavilion east of the Darrow Bridge and should provide a forum for more open discussion and community input on the pavilion concept and other aspects of Project 120 proposals.” Upon an objection, vote was taken. Vote in favor of the correction was 8 to 3 with 1 abstention. The minutes were accepted as corrected.

Moved to adjourn. Next meeting April 11, 7 p.m. at the fieldhouse.

Submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

Link to Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and to the 1999 Framework Plan (the latter also in the park district website)- go to www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac and scroll down index to Framework and to MOU.

Jackson Park Ecological Restoration tours
2nd Saturdays – April 9, May 14. Self-guided tours
4th Saturdays- April 23. Guided tours with information about the history of the park
Until the fence comes down, tours start at the south gate, near the parking lot off 63rd/Hayes Dr. east of Cornel Dr. and visitors will be expected to sign in. Tour and visitation start at 10 a.m.
Once the fence is down, location will be confirmed or changed. While the fence is up, visitors must leave by 2 p.m., at which time the gate will be locked.
Please dress, including footware for conditions and possible standing water.
The work at Jackson Park is part of a 5-year capital improvement project to restore wildlife habitat within the natural areas of Jackson Park. The Chicago Park District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are partners in this bio-cultural endeavor that integrates ecosystem restoration and cultural landscapes.