Welcome to the August 2016 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online
Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, Chicago Illinois
Recognized advisory body to the the Chicago Park District for Jackson Park.

The August 2016 Print Newsletter (pdf)
Sections here:

Abstraction of front page, plus updates and more.
July Minutes
From the July meeting: Best Experiences of the Past Year and Matters Needing Help
and announcements

Official website- jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. FIND OUR CALENDAR THERE UNDER EVENTS.
Facebook- https://facebook.com/JacksonParkAdvisoryCouncil/
Get the Newsletters and other news announcements sent electronically - submit email address to garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.

Next meeting August 8. Scroll down for other workdays and events.
To links
NEW! How to book a group workday, with contacts, regular schedule and a log.

J.P.A.C. NEWSLETTER APRIL 2016 Vol. 23 No. 5

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. Board- see the PDF version front page.

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.

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.

Fieldhouse, Park Supervisor Bobbie Beckam, 773 256-0903.
Area Manager Farah Tunks, 773 324-0540. Parks Security- Lakefront - Thomas Snooks, no. coming.

Minutes & Finances
Old & New bus, Announcements, adjourn

Columbian Exposition one hour tours: 9 am Saturdays into October. Contact Louise, 773 844-2225.
North part- 1st Saturdays (Sept. 3)
- Meet at Music Court parking, south east of Museum of Science and Industry.
Midway Plaisance- 3rd Saturdays (Aug. 20)- Meet at the skating rink between Ellis and Woodlawn.
South and East part- 4th Saturdays (July 23, Aug. 27) - Meet by LaRabida Hospital main entrance-- 6501 S. Promontory Dr., off Marquette east of Jeffrey.

Chicago Parks Foundation has asked us to help spread the word about Camp Northerly, August 5. This is a fundraiser engaging all ages and a real party for adults. Visit chicagoparksfoundation.org.

August 13, Saturday, 9 am-noon. Bobolink Meadow Workday. Visit http://bluestem.info/bobolink/ or contact parrybell@ameritech.net.

August 13, Saturday, 10 am-noon or so. Wooded Island workday for August. From the south gate/bridge. sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.

Official website- jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. FIND OUR CALENDAR THERE UNDER EVENTS.
Facebook- https://facebook.com/JacksonParkAdvisoryCouncil/

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/
August Newsletter pdf by itself- http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters/Aug2016.pdf
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
Obama Presidential Foundation: http://www.barackobamafoundtion.org
Project 120: Project120Chicago.org, gardenofthephoenix.org
JPAC page on Project 120: http://hydepark.org/parks/jpac/Project120.htm
Bobolink website: http://bluestem.info/bobolink/
Friends of the White City: http://www.friendsofthewhitecity.org
Japanese Garden: our Japanese Garden. Garden of the Phoenix site
Another perspective: http://www.jacksonparkwatch.org

Chicago Park District: http://www.chicagoparkdistict.com
Chicago Parks Foundation: http://www.chicagoparksfoundtion.org
Friends of the Parks: http://www.fotp.org

>> 2016 MEMBERSHIP/GIFTS - Mail checks made out to JPAC to JPAC C/O Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella 60649. or bring to the meeting. Online giving is set up in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Basic level: $35. (Fiscal agent Chicago Parks Foundation, a 501c3.) Dues are not required to be a voting member- after attending one's second meeting in the preceding 12 months one can vote.<<< TO MEMBERSHIP FORM.



Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7 p.m., a quorum present, adult attendance 32. (We were pleased that some brought children and teens.) All who contributed to the fine picnic were thanked, especially Dwight Powell for the home-barbecued chicken. McCurry introduced the videotape tea, for the Jackson Park tour-in-your pocket project, Joshua Jackson and Donnell McCrairie of 720 Films, a South Shore firm.

Dwight Powell asked for a moment of silence in memory of those who died or shot and over the violence of the past week and previously.

Each present described their most exciting positive experience or favorite things in the park this year, then things that should be reported for fixing or could be improved. (The list is attached.)

Dwight Powell noted that patrons of the Golf Driving Range and other members of the public are angered that this South Side facility some days closes as early as 5 p.m. and opens late, apparently due to lack of staffing.

Jake Young and Ray Johnson described progress on the website and Facebook page.

Norm Bell and Gail Parry reported on several Bobolink Meadow workdays in May and June that included groups from Gary Comer Prep (despite snow on the ground one day) and youth from Chinatown.

McCurry noted groups are coming for LaRabida cleanup in July and August. The June 18 cleanup and mulching in the Music Court area had about 12 volunteers. A large group mulched the Wooded Island trail June 23 and there will be a workday and tour on the Island July 16 10 am-2 pm from the south bridge.

There is a new head of Park District Lakefront security, Thomas Snooks. (Noted: Park District offers do not have powers of arrest, so call 911 if you encounter a threatening situation.) Members asked for a safety-security section on the website with phone numbers and emails. Roberta Siegel reported safety concerns including with cars and bikes on the Point that Kenneth Newman said were being reported and addressed. Some of our members including Esther Schechter and Zelia Stevens walk parts the park daily as observers, reporters and as people presence. Sylvia Brooks is seeking volunteers to help her in rounds at the south end of the park. Problems with activity continue especially in the south and west edges.

Treasurer’s report. Dwight Powell reported a $4,710.90 bank balance. $300, as appropriated was spent for summer camp- $100 for fees for needy families and $200 for supplies.

Minutes of the May and June meetings were moved by Anne Marie Miles, seconded (Fran Vandervoort/
Dwight Powell and approved.

Playgrounds. Replenishment fibar is needed at some, and volunteers to rake it back under slides and swings from time to time. Need for more amenities such as benches and trees is being assessed for the two playgrounds on 67th street that are getting new play equipment. A ribbon-cutting celebration is anticipated, perhaps in the second week of August. Ms. Brooks is seeking to have the west playground named for T.R. Sims. Naming suggestions are sought for the east playground.

Jane Masterson showed examples of damaged leaves including oak from the park. Diagnosis and solutions are being researched.

1-hour Columbian Exposition tours schedule: Saturdays 9 am.
1st Saturdays (August 6, September 3)- north part of the park, meeting at the Music Court parking.
3rd Saturdays (July 16, August 20)- The Midway, meeting at the skating rink.
4th Saturdays (July 23, August 27)- south and east, meeting in front of LaRabida Hospital main entrance.

Bylaws amendment. Per previous month’s discussion and request there for revision, the secretary read and explained new language for Section III, Sections 2 (and 3 for organizations), that “An individual is a voting member if they have attended at least two meetings during the prior twelve months.” (Old was “second meeting.”) After discussion the question was called and approved 12 for and 4 against.

Moved to adjourn. The next meeting will be on August 11 at the fieldhouse.

Submitted by Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

IN OUR PARK: The following were noted by attendees at the July 11, 2016 JPAC picnic as best or most exciting associations with the park during the past year.
LaRabida shore, especially the carvings in stone blocks from 1892 on.
The loads of garbage removed
Major activities: Migratory Bird Day, Its’ Your Park and really good workdays and tours:
New attendees, visitors and allies, new points of view
Jackson Bark and other communities of people
On the Table dinner May 10
Chosen Few picnic
Andy Carter and his telling and singing about George Washington Carver’s time in Jackson Park
New playgrounds in and coming
Field Museum involvement monitoring monarchs and milkweed and birds
Discovery and care of oak saplings on the Island, ecological care from micro to GLFER
The 3 yacht clubs and enjoyment of harbors and Lake Michigan
Website, social media development, taping interviews

The following were said to need attention
Golf Driving range closing as early as 5 pm, opening late
Lack of benches / seating (see Dwight, Esther, Sylvia for specifics)

The issues raised by last week’s violence and how the park can help or be affected
Darrow Bridge
Marquette underpass
62nd comfort station (may be fixed?); that by La Rabida
Signage at Jackson Bark
Need for a Safety tab on the website with emergency and fix numbers, possible posting section
More improvements, rethinking at 67th playgrounds under installation
General security and safety, especially south and west edges of the park
Better fibar supply and maintenance, workdays
La Rabida upkeep, beach etc. protection
Trees including oaks under attack by insects and diseases

July 29 the Obama Foundation announced that Jackson Park was selected for the OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL CENTER. Press conference was held August 3. Extensive public process including with a broad advisory council has been promised. Developments and background with links can be followed at http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ObamaPLibrary.htm.

Our Jackson Park Trail in Your Pocket team has been videotaping park spaces and park users and program providers about their experiences, likes, and needs in the park. We’ve received much help and support for the costs of this project and give credits as the initial phase is finished. Fran Vandervoort leads.

JPAC had a splendid picnic July 13 in the Iowa building. We shared experiences and problems found and had a splendid feast, including home-grilled chicken provided by Dwight Powell.

Groups have been coming to do cleanup, mulching and other work in Jackson Park—many of them large groups, almost every week, sometimes more than one a week. Much of the work has been done around La Rabida Hospital. If you know a school or organization that would like to have a workday and learn some about history and nature in the park, call Louise at 773 844-2225.

Save the dates for general workdays. Volunteers must sign release forms. Check the contacts re: September.
AUGUST 13- BOBOLINK MEADOW- 9-12details at http://bluestem.info/obolink or email parrybell@ameritech.com.
AUGUST 13- WOODED ISLAND WORKDAY (note no tour- this is a revision), starting 10 a.m. from the south bridge n. of 63rd east of Cornell. Get on Jerry’s notification and update list- sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.
This will be the only Wooded Island workday in August and will concentrate on the trail mulching.

SEPTEMBER 17, SATURDAY THERE WILL BE TWO BEACH CLEAN ACTIVITIES, under Alliance for the Great Lakes. Please sign up for each at www.greatlakes.org/adoptabeach. While much is supplied, bring your own, dress appropriately, and be expected to sign a release.
9 a.m. to about 11 a.m. a private volunteer group will be cleaning 57th St. Beach.
12-2 p.m. JPAC will lead cleanup at 63rd St. Beach. Pre event JPAC contact is Gary Ossewaarde, garyossewaarde@yahoo.com, 773 947-9541. Lead and day of event cellphone contact is Louise McCurry, 773 844-2225.
Don’t forget the Columbian Expo tours- schedule on page 1.