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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

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Corrected in the online edition: The South Shore Festival is on Saturday, August 18 only and does not continue Sunday.

Additional family Park District program: A few spaces remain in the Nature Oasis family camping overnighter in Wooded Island. (August 27? exact date being sought) 2 pm-10 am.
Campout overnight with your family in a Chicago Park District park! Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire.
Fee: $50 per family. Age Range: Families with kids 6 and up. Sleeping bags, tents, food (dinner and breakfast) and security are provided. Parents must stay with child. To register, please have interested families email: natureoasis@gmail.com or call 773 256-0959.

Jackson Park Advisory Council July 9, 2012 Council Meeting Minutes

Louise McCurry convened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Jackson Park Cecil Partee Golf Clubhouse, per public notice. A quorum was present and a total of 24 attendees plus Alexander Puzas and Adrienne Carney from golf course management.

Golf course management thanked JPAC for coming and JPAC gave its thanks for the generous invitation. The course is the only 18-hole golf course in Chicago that is in a natural setting, with many native plant alcoves. It is presently managed by Billy Casper Golf Chicago, Inc. Many programs have been expanded or introduced—including for ladies and youth, and tournaments, such as the city-wide Amateur this July. President McCurry thanked staff for the many improvements to the course and good upkeep and asked, what are the challenges and how can JPAC work on them with the golf course? Some:

Keeping balls from going over low fences onto cars, residences or people—under consideration is netting especially along Marquette Dr. and 67th St.
Non-golfers walking across the course and golfers entering the course without going through registration and paying fees.
Invasive species and overgrowth (despite efforts of crews). Much grape ivy and garlic mustard was recently removed at the Driving Range. More will be done, possibly with JPAC members at times the course is closed for maintenance.
Parking is minimal, the lot is sand and rock and riddled with potholes, and parking on roads can be hazardous. Management would like a solidly paved lot. Could other lots be used-- if available and fees could still be enforced?
Some very large permitted events make it necessary to close the Driving Range and interfere with course access. This results in lost revenue and disgruntled patrons.
Could opportunities be found for golfers to “give back” via volunteering in the course and park?

Park and programs. Park supervisor William Tillis said that day camp and programs here and in other parks have increased enrollment this year, helped by reorganizations and attendee subsidies by the Park District. Summer focus is on ball games. In light of doubled enrollment, moved by Fran Vandervoort, seconded and approved to increase the number of back-to-school backpacks we are supplying and increase the limit on expenditure should we not find a donor. Tillis thanked JPAC for the barbeque grills. Family recreation day at the fieldhouse will be on July 21, 3-8 p.m.

Tillis reported damage to the new artificial soccer surface by persons who used it to launch fireworks July 4th. Schools and others are not going through pd scheduling and making much wear and tear. Graffiti and damage are being done to the nearby washrooms. A hole made for a sign thanking the Chicago Bears remains.

The lakefront comfort stations also have to be closed at 6 pm because people are wrecking them evening and night. Noted by members: there are few cameras and often little lighting in vulnerable areas. The district was thanked for quickly addressing or repairing many problems, including pruning-- general, for special events, and due to storm damage. Also, the Chosen Few party produced no special problems and clean up was swift.

Noted as needing attention (via work orders or in the next budget) were items said to be posing public danger including Darrow bridge, steps and other access to the lakefront at LaRabida. Barry Rapoport reported that the Frederick Douglass memorial boulder is sinking into the ground- he will report though the Park District website “contact us” section. The harbor channel by the lake is to be dredged, providing relief to yachtsmen, boaters.

Sports committee. Preparations were going well for the upcoming youth tournaments—baseball July 21 and tennis August 4 10 to 2 at the 59th courts. These events are organized to include and grow parental and community involvement and responsibility in the lives of youth. The committee hopes to raise funds for court and field lines and amenities such as benches. The public is encouraged to come watch and consider giving. Apostolic Church Youth Ministry and the CPD were thanked for their commitment. Companies providing supplies (and thanked) for the tournaments and backpacks for kids: Walgreens 75th-Stony Island and CVS.

Gerda Schild. Long-time member, birder, and supporter of good parks Gerda Schild passed away at 97 in June. A small ceremony will be held August 4 10 a.m. at the garden Oasis in the 4800 block of Cornell, and a larger celebration of life September 16 [2 p.m.] in Osaka Garden (details will be in the September Newsletter).

Minutes: Minutes of the June meeting were corrected to note that the Highlands Fling event is private, not open and to correct Judith Hill’s name.

Financial: Treasurer Dwight Powell noted $5,150.81 in the treasury with two checks not yet cleared as of the end of June.

Wooded Island proposed trail improvement. Mitchell Murdock, CPD Natural Areas Manager described the proposal to enhance an existing mulch (wood chip) trail of about 1,800 feet length through the Island north to south between the loops of the paved road. This would include timbers placed along the sides. Purpose is to provide the visitor with an additional and different nature experience on the Island and an opportunity to renew some vegetation along the trail edge.
Several members, including from Chicago Audubon, led detailed and extended discussion and Q and A about the project—some preferring it not be done, or that it be modified, others favoring it. (Vandervoort noted the ongoing commitment and request of JPAC for a virtual interactive nature trail for the Island, south lagoon, and Bobolink consisting of distributed materials and signage.) Major themes or viewpoints that came out:

--need for great caution re: disturbance of wildlife and the delicate root-and-fungus system of oaks etc.
--while Wooded Island should be a welcoming place for nature enjoyment and education and visitors encouraged to explore more than Osaka Garden, the Island is also the Paul H. Douglas Nature sanctuary, so we should not over-encourage heavy presence, especially deep in the sanctuary.
--need to improve identification and descriptive signage, including for the Douglas Nature Sanctuary, wildlife, and the Great Lakes Migratory Flyway, and
--the Wooded Island Working Group was not consulted in planning (including via walk through): it should be about any such significant changes on the Island or to the 5-year plan.

The president, with general agreement asked that the project be deferred during ongoing consideration and a convening of the WIWG be requested, and stated that JPAC will examine current signage and need for new.

The meeting was adjourned at about 9:15 p.m. Next meeting will be August 13 at the fieldhouse, 6401 Stony.

Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

JPAC welcomes new South Region Manager Daphne Johnson. Phone 312 747-7661.

Trail. Under a compromise, with naturalists present and in agreement, the current trail was simply re-chipped without edge material to a width of not more than four feet.

The 75th Walgreens agreed to increase the number of backpacks donated so all summer camp kids will have them. Thank you!

Johnson Paint and Hardware, 95th and Commercial, will provide a gallon of line paint or liner for sports fields for each one purchased. Thank you! This will go on certain baseball and tennis facilities. Also, the Chicago Park District is replacing deteriorated tennis nets.

The 64th Harbor channel inlet from the Lake was dredged, to the delight of yachts owners and boaters.

Note- second 5th Ward Seniors Day at the Harbor in August- for information, 773 324-5555.

CPD PARKS BUDGET 2013- FIRST ROUND AREA 3 HEARING August 7, Tuesday, 6 p.m. Harris, 6220 S. Drexel.

A 2013 Participatory Budgeting process will be starting up in the fall for the 5th and several other Chicago wards. Park infrastructure and art can be considered for the projects committees may propose and residents vote upon for their wards.

Youth Tennis Tournament Saturday August 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Watch teams compete for prizes. The courts (by the 59th Marina) can be reached off Lake Shore Drive at 5800 S., keep left over the red bridge. Limited parking. Free, but donations welcome for field and court facilities. Thanks to Apostolic Church of God Youth Ministry Sports Program.

Bird walks with Audubon experts. Wednesdays 7 a.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. Meet at the Darrow bridge south of Museum of Science and Industry Columbia Basin.

Bobolink Meadow Workday- August 11, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Meet in the meadow either from parking behind the Museum or from Hayes Drive. Let us know you are coming- NEW EMAIL parrybell@ameritech.net.
(Next September 8)

Wooded Island Workday- August 25, Saturday, 10 am- 1 p.m. or so. Meet at Darrow Bridge. Let us know you are coming- sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.

A walk through Jackson Park and Columbian Exposition sites—are you up to this?
August 11,
Saturday, 10 am from 59th St. and Stony Island Avenue. Windy City Explorers.
Joe Steffen will lead a 3 hour, 4.5 mile walk through Jackson Park, the site of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, through the Osaka Garden, past the Museum of Science and Industry, The Republic statue, and around Promontory Point, following this route. Visiting some of the sites described in the book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America. Rain or shine!

Coming to another park or neighborhood near us….
Huge Jazz Festival August 4 and 5 at South Shore Cultural Center. $10 each day. You can bring in coolers. Lots of headliners.
Movies @ the Midway Wednesday evenings. August 8 Cars 2, August 15 Adventures of Tin Tin
Movies at South Shore Cultural Center, Wednesdays.
August 8- "Chicago" sponsored by the Advisory Council.
August 15- "Carmen" (Hip Hopera)
August 22- "Rent"
August 29- "The Wiz" Party night
September 28, Friday- "Soul Food" presented by Cultural Center Film Festival.

South Shore Festival. August 18 Saturday. Lots of acts! 73rd west of Stony.
5th Ward Back to School Picnic Sunday August 19, 1 am-4 pm. At 63rd St. beachhouse. Drill Team, Jesse White Tumblers and more. (To receive a backpack, kids from the ward must be present with adult.)

OTHER NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE IN THE E-BLAST NEWSLETTER, OR SINCE

August 5, Sunday, 10 am. DRAGONFLY WALK with Rochelle Hodder. Inaugural Jackson Park Interactive Nature Trail Programming in Wooded Island and Bobolink Meadow. Meet at the Darrow Bridge, south of Museum of Science and Industry Columbia Basin.

August 5, Sunday. A different tennis tournament at 59th St. Courts.

THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES TO PARK DISTRICT PROGRAMS AND CAMPS SIGN UP- YOU MUST GO INTO http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com and make sure you are registered to register. For fall 2012, parks east of California, online registration is on August 21.

UPDATE: A wonderful time was had by all at the 1st Annual Jackson Park Youth Baseball Tournament July 21. Lots of prizes were won.