Welcome to the February/March 2016 Jackson Park J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

JACKSON PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL 33rd YEAR!
J.P.A.C. NEWSLETTER January 2016 Vol. 23 No. 2
JPAC- PROTECTING NATURE, PRESERVING HISTORY, SUPPORTING RECREATION

VISIT THE PRINT EDITION INCLUDING FLYERS ON WOODED ISLAND TOURS AND ON FEB. 8 SOUTH PARKS WORKSHOP and correction/addendum to December NL.

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.
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Protecting Nature, Preserving History, Promoting Recreation"

Next meeting: MONDAY MARCH 14, 2016 7p.m.
(by board poll the February meeting is cancelled)
JP fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
Monday MARCH 14, 2016, 7p.m. AGENDA

Minutes & Finances
Reports/updates/actions,
Old & New bus, Announcements, adjourn

NEW SCHEDULE FOR WOODED ISLAND OPEN DAYS, HOURS (updated Jan 6 2016) Flyer

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

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.

February 8, Monday, 5-7:30 pm. South Parks Visioning Workshop. 5:30 pm Washington, 6:30 pm Jackson. Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell Dr. Flyer

Project 120 Chicago, Chicago Park District and Heritage Landscapes have been working on framework plans for Jackson and Washington Parks and some preliminary thoughts for the Midway Plaisance. New plans and options have been developed for review and comment to address circulation, scenic quality, varied uses, and so forth. To gain community input we have scheduled a public workshop on Monday February 8th, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. Washington 5:30, Jackson 6:30.]

CONTENTS p1 (Frontpage) About/announcements
p2-3 Minutes
p 3 Announcement, Feature: Sono Comes Home
Attached flyers- see in print edition
(SEE THE PRINT EDITION NEWSLETTER IN PRINTABLE PDF)

>>> 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.)<<<

Wooded Island tours- see flyer for more information (also printable in the print edition PDF.
Feb. 4. Friends of the Parks Annual Luncheon- fotp.org or for FOTP events email info@fotp.org or call 312 857-2757.
Feb. 8. South Parks Workshop- 5-7:30 Washington Park Refectory, 5531 S. Russell.
Mar. 5. Annual PAC Conference, at Kennedy King. CPD website.
Mar. 24, noon. FOTP talk and screening of doc on Indiana Dunes- Chicago Cultural Center, visit FOTP.org for registration.

Contacts:

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.)
Newsletter online http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters/Feb2016nl.htm.
Alt. Home, index & Newsletters: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html
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

SUBMIT CPD BUDGET REQUESTS for the park/review CPD budget-
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/departments/finance/budget-and-management

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

OFFICERS
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
DUES/ VOLUNTARY CONTR.
$35 per person. Opp levels $100, $250, $500…
TO JPAC c/o Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella, Chicago, IL 60649. Or in the website.

CONTACTS

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)
sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com
Norm Bell/Gail Parry (Bobolink stewards)
parrybell@ameritech.net

Chicago Park District-
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com
Fieldhouse/Supervisor:
Bobbie Beckam 773 256-0903
Region mgr Maya Solis
& Area mgr Cordell Hopkins
312 747-7661

 

MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 11 2015 JPAC MEETING


Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. at the fieldhouse. Quorum and many Hyde Park, South Shore and others were present. Minutes of the December meeting were approved with corrections and additions described in the addendum. Gary Ossewaarde reported for treasurer Dwight Powell (excused) that the latest balance was $4,093.28 plus $285 has been deposited. A check-endorsement stamp is on order.

Sylvia Brooks reported on the playground at 67th and Ridgeland. Ms. Brooks, who resides in the Parkways complex across from the playground, has actively sought better upkeep and monitoring for the playground. Thanks to efforts of her group, the Alderman’s office (including Lanita Ross), JPAC and others, repairs are underway and CPD will install new play equipment this year. Consensus was for JPAC to schedule a workday and celebration in conjunction with the new equipment. In addition, Ms. Brooks is circulating petitions for naming the playground for her son, who before his death in an accident worked with kids in the community.

Members were polled about attending the February 4 Friends of the Parks Annual Luncheon. We will have a table. Each going must register and pre-pay FOTP ($75)

Fran Vandervoort is helping plan the March 5 all-PAC Conference at Kennedy-King College and needs volunteers to make and staff our posters. JPAC members will also present at some of the breakout sessions. All are invited- RSVP Maria Stone at CPD.

Park Supervisor Bobbie Beckam reported on fieldhouse and team activities. Our tumbling team excelled citywide, especially the girls; there is a girls track team, a DJ class, and Friday and Saturday night basketball are big. Another trophy case is needed, JPAC will help get one. Beckam was invited to present Jackson’s youth programs at the Parkways Community Center. The largest capital need is for a new scoreboard.

Naomi Davis, director of Blacks in Green (blacksingreen.org) described their program intertwining and growing environmentally and healthy, sustainable economies (whole-system solutions to village-building and relationship-building) in communities including west Woodlawn where they have pilot gardens. She noted that each park (and she knows Jackson and Washington well) has its own character, uses and needs, and their health and direction depend on getting everyone into the conversation and pulling together to get needed and equal resources- sometimes through community benefits agreements.

Park- Much was done at a late-season workday in Bobolink and Mt. Carmel students participated in a late-season beach clean. Kenneth Newman reported several safety problems in the park including to paths and bridges that need to be evaluated and put on a watch or capital list. Wooded Island tour/open days reviewed.

The Visitor Pavilion concept proposed by Project 120 will be part of the discussion at a second South Parks Workshop February 8, Washington Park Refectory. Jackson discussion will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Attendees tonight asked that the Pavilion and JPAC’s resolution of support for the concept, passed at the December meeting, be placed on the agenda for tonight. JPAC members noted that the pavilion had been discussed at many JPAC meetings and other meetings and workshops including aldermanic convened, some heavily attended, and with many supporting, and that only a concept, not a plan was subject of the December resolution. About 10 persons spoke, or read statements including from residential associations citing concerns about possible change to character; loss of trees, parking, picnicking, quiet or walking space; potential for noise, crowds, birds hitting glass; upkeep and sustainability; and privatization. Attendees urged a more robust process (not just presentations or done deals), and better ways to get the word out. Aldermanic staff and other will work on input process. Request to revoke or reconsider JPAC’s resolution of support was declared problematic in terms of rules of order, but a clarifying resolution could be passed. Noted: voters must be attending their 2nd meeting within a year and must have become members by filling out the park district form (the latter waived since most had not had the opportunity to fill one in until now). A motion was offered by Margaret Schmid and seconded Brenda Nelms. As adjusted from the floor and stated from the chair:

JPAC will continue to evaluate, and hold open discussions regarding Project 120 or other pavilion concepts or proposals for east of the Darrow bridge and whether to support these. JPAC also supports there being well advertised public meetings with robust input on the same. Approved with no nays.

Moved to adjourn c. 9:15 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

ADDENDUM on December minutes. At the January 11 2016 meeting, Fran Vandervoort presented the following communication from Dwight Powell giving comments not included in the December minutes. (Part of the comments on engaging South Side scout troops in JPAC activities and previous lack of lake swimming and sailing lessons on the South Side had been recorded in previous minutes.)
Dwight Powell expressed willingness to approach Boy Scout troop leaders about, for example, sailing. Dwight reports that there is, at present, a Boy Scout troop at his church, the Apostolic Church. Dwight will determine [the leader’s] name and report to JPAC by the next meeting. There is also a troop at the South Shore Methodist Church that is still active. Dwight believes that participation by South Side Boy Scout groups supports the inclusiveness of JPAC.
Powell cited as an example of historic dismissal of South Side interests in park improvement that when a new Ferris Wheel was proposed for Chicago [a couple decades ago], it was slated for Jackson Park but ended up on Navy Pier. He is pleased, however, that for two years sailing classes have been held [at Jackson Harbor] and swimming lessons [at 57th beach].

FEB. 8 SOUTH PARKS FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP WILL HAVE CHANGED AND NEW SUGGESTIONS in response to previous, PAC and other public input and experience and engineering study. The Park District has committed to a vigorous, professional standard of public meetings. Future meetings will held on specific ideas or locales. We also encourage visiting the parks, for example the twice-monthly Wooded Island project guided and self guided tours. The 2/8 workshop will be from 5-7:30 at Washington Park Refectory (Jackson and Midway at 6:30). IN DEFERENCE TO THE WORKSHOP, THE FEB. JPAC MEETING IS CANCELLED.


JPAC WELCOMES CPD BOARD PRESIDNENT JESSE RUIZ AND NEW SOUTH REGION MANAGER, MAYA SOLIS. Thank you, Daphne Johnson and best as the new North Region Manager.

SONO COMES BACK
January 9, several JPAC members attended a large pre-performance reception and a large-audience performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Thodos Dance Chicago’s world premiere of Sono’s Journey, by Melissa Thodos, a ballet about the life and fabulous career of dancer Sono Osato.

The reception in the beautiful, historic library of Roosevelt University, was a chance to meet Sono (now 96 years old) who had traveled by train from New York, hear remarks including by Sono’s son, by the Japanese Consul General in Chicago and by Bob Karr of Project 120 and the Garden of the Phoenix, and announcement of a generous gift by Mr. Bernard Del Giorno of one million dollars for the Japanese Garden.

The vignettes of Sono’s life started with her father, Shoji Osato’s arrival from Japan in America and his adaptation to his new country, his career as a photographer of fashion and nature (including later of Wooded Island) which led to his marriage, to a Frances Fitzpatrick, an arts-connected French Canadian, and travels including to Europe. The story continues with Sono’s early flair for dance and her invitation at age 14 to audition personally for the director of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1934 at the Auditorium Theater. Her career took off immediately and within a few years she danced for Agnes de Mille and American Ballet Theater, showing a remarkable ability to go between classical, modern, and musical theater dance. Meanwhile, (not in the ballet) her parents, from 1937 to 1941 managed the popular Phoenix Pavilion and Tea House concession on Jackson Park’s Wooded Island. There is a wonderful photograph by Sono’s father, Shoji (shown in The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation Facebook page) of the young ladies of Japanese heritage in their kimonos (along with two men), who worked in the concession and also attended Hyde Park High School—part of a set of stories that has otherwise seemed to have largely disappeared from the record). Next, with the U.S. entry into World War II, her father was placed in an interment home in Kenwood (of which there is also almost no mention). The story in the dance continues after that with the impact of the War and Sono’s parentage on her career—banned from touring with her company or traveling abroad, she meets her lifelong husband Victor, returns to dance of necessity and determined that one just “continues” despite life obstacles, stars with Agnes’ company then on Broadway (including “On the Town",) and more dance and TV, and finally serving as a great teacher and advocate for dance and for dancers’ career transitions, and later enjoyed her gardens in her New York City home. Sadly, not much of her dance was recorded but she did publish an autobiography.

After the imaginative and vigorous performance (Soto and Ms. Thodos had picked out the musical accompaniment) and before the rest of the program, Sono was wheeled on stage and given bouquets, a proclamation by the Mayor of the date as Sono Osato Day in Chicago, and a standing ovation. GMO

ATTACHEMENTS

FLYER- WOODED ISLAND TOURS AND OPEN HOURS

FLYER- FEB. 8 SOUTH PARKS WORKSHOP

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