Welcome to the February 2013 J.P.A.C Newsletter online

Jackson Park/JPAC homepage (http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html).
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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.

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, February 11, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island 60637



Jackson Park Advisory Council January 14 2013 council meeting minutes

Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. in the fieldhouse. Attendees today included Ald. Leslie Hairston with staff Lynnette Hill and CPkD Area Manager Cordell Hopkins.

Minutes of the December meeting were moved and approved. The November minutes original distribution was corrected to show that Dr. Ridgeway, who provided holiday turkeys for families at the fieldhouse, is sited at the Walgreens that is at 7109 S. Jeffery.

Treasurer Dwight Powell reported that the November balance was $4,232.80 and the December $4,679.94. He thanked those who have paid dues or contribution; 2013 dues are now timely- see front. McCurry will contact more members.

President McCurry reported that JPAC will be honored with two major upcoming awards, on top of that for our stewards in fall 2012 by Friends of the Parks. February 7 Friends of the Parks will give the Individual Volunteer award to Louise McCurry at its annual luncheon in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. February 23, JPAC will receive a Paul Cornell Award from the Hyde Park Historical Society at the Quadrangle Club. Cost-sharing for JPAC tables at these events was moved by Powell, 2nded by Vandervoort, approved.

Schools participated in workdays, clearing paths and playgrounds and exploring things of historic interest. Engaging schools in the park is a JPAC priority, McCurry said.

There is reduced beaver activity at present. Treated ash trees appear to have fended off infestation.

JPAC will be participating in breakouts and poster sessions at Friends of the Parks/CPkD PAC Advocacy Conference March 9 9:30-2 at South Shore Cultural Center. All are encouraged to register and attend.

Kenneth Newman asked investigation of having appropriate benches for teams at fields including the Track.

Park Supervisor William Tillis described the fitness programs and equipment. Members asked looking into brightening up the weight areas and other ways to increase participation in the programs and determine what we want by way of facilities.
Alderman Hairston supported a survey and looking into general upgrades to and eventual replacement of the fieldhouse. She also sought help finding best ways to mark the historic places in the park and other ways to make the park help people stay in or come to live in the communities.
The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be on February 11, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse.

Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary.

Norman Bell and Gail Parry – Bobolink Tree Report
There were some exciting changes in the tree population of Bobolink Meadow in 2012. Thanks to Open Lands, Friends of the Park, and the Chicago Park District, we have added 46 new native trees. Among them are 4 species new to Bobolink Meadow-- Scarlet Oak, Chinkapin Oak, American Hornbeam, and Blue Beech. Work will continue in 2013 with the removal of dead and damaged mulberry, green ash, and white poplar trees and the planting of additional trees including Larix laricina (Tamarack or American Larch--what a great tree that is!!) to replace White Poplars close to the lagoon.
(Contact parrybell@ameritech.net to receive map and Google Earth file with info on the species.)


February 7, Thursday, 12 p.m. Friends of the Parks Annual Luncheon. (reg. deadline Feb. 1)
February 23, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Hyde Park Historical Society Annual Dinner. Honoring inter alia JPAC and Washington Park Conservancy; speaker Tim Samuelson, City of Chicago cultural historian. Quadrangle Club., 1155 E. 57th St. Reg. by Feb. 19- http://www.hydeparkhistory.org or contact Fran Vandervoort 773 752-8374.
March 9, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. PAC Advocacy Conference- reg. liwazare@fotp.org or stonem@fotp.org.
March 13, Wednesday, 10 am- annual wreath-toss, commem at the Darrow Bridge and lecture in MSI.
March- workdays in Bobolink Meadow and Wooded Island resume.