Welcome to the January 2015 J.P.A.C Newsletter online
publication of Jackson Park Advisory Council Chicago

Volume 22, No. 1 January 2015

January meeting agenda
3 Other important park meetings- changing daily- check back
Contents of published newsletter

Visit JPAC's official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Find also our Facebook link there.

Visit also esp. for workdays http://www.bluestem.info/Bobolink/

JPAC posts the monthly newsletter, with updates, to those who provide their email- garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.
LINKS TO NEWSLETTERS (starting from 2006) and lots of other material- (index in http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html- this is also the RETURN link to the Jackson Park homepage in this website with navigator to the many Jackson Park pages in hydepark.org).

It's time for membership renewal- to 2015 printable letter and form.

KEEP CURRENT at Jackson Park News and Bulletins in the hydepark.org website.
To Army Corps Project JPAC information page and links including to the USACE official site.
See also a running set of minutes and standing resolutions.
WHAT'S UP AT THE JANUARY MEETING? (there may be additions to the agenda)

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District, Chicago Illinois. JPAC's fiscal agent is Friends of the Parks, 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

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.

Meetings schedule Jan 2015 pdf. January 13 Project 120/framework plan flyer pdf.

JANUARY 12, Monday, 7 pm at fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony I.) Updated Agenda

JACKSON PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL meets January 12, Monday, 7 pm at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.
Project 120 and design team will present on a FRAMEWORK vision and map and 4 possilbe projects for the park.
University of Chicago and Park District representatives will present and answer questions on the OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY. Friends of the Parks and possibly other stakeholders will also be speaking to the issue.
Fran Vandervoort and Louise McCurry will talk on new JP nature and ecology education tours.
Chicago Zoological Society will talk on education programs in Chicago parks and schools.
Lauren Umek of CPkD and steward Jerry Levy will give update on the ACE habitat.
Nominations will be solicited for 2 additional members of the board.


Special meeting about Jackson Park. January 13, Tuesday, 6 pm- Community meeting convened by Ald. Hairston (5th) on the proposed VISION FRAMEWORK FOR JACKSON PARK. At BOOTH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, 5807 S. WOODLAWN (this is a change). Presenters include: Robert Karr, Project 120 Chicago; Patricia O’Donnell, Heritage Landscapes; Kulapat Yantrasast, whY. They will present the Jackson Park Framework plan.

January 13, Tuesday, 6 pm HEARING ON SITING OF THE OBAMA LIBRARY, particularly the JACKSON PARK option of the UC bid, and of possibly transferring part of Jackson Park from the Park District to the city for purpose of the Library. Generalized site plans will be shared. Hyde Park Career Academy, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave.

January 14, Wednesday, 12 pm. HEARING ON THE SITING OF THE OBAMA LIBRARY, particularly the WASHINGTON PARK option of the UC bid, and possibly transferring part of Washington Park from the Park District to the city for purpose of the Library. Generalized site plans will be shared. Washington Park fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Drive.


December 8 2014 JPAC Meeting Minutes

Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.,26 attendees and a quorum present. Agenda was presented. McCurry gave a brief background of council and park accomplishments and hopes.
November minutes were moved by Dwight Powell, 2nded and approved.
Financial. Treasurer Powell: $320 were deposited with $70 more to be. $54 was paid for 6 turkeys for the kids Turkey Trot. $4,443.82 was in the treasury. Dues and contributions were encouraged and planning for a fundraiser was asked. Moved by Fran Vandervoort and 2nd by Norm Bell to appropriate up to $150 for the fieldhouse Holiday Party.

McCurry encouraged interested members to attend the annual Wild Things Conference January 31 at University of Illinois Chicago. Members who have attended highly recommended the program.
Also recommended was the Park District’s 2nd public input meeting on shoreline protection and park improvement in the “Morgan Shoal” area, 45th to 52nd Streets, December 15, 6:30 at Mandrake fieldhouse and a third to be scheduled for late January.
McCurry and others who attended described a fine ribbon-cutting for the 100th renewed playground in the ChicagoPlays program, at Sycamore Park, 5109 S. Greenwood. Mayor Emanuel, CPD CEO Mike Kelly, Ald. Will Burns, and McCurry spoke. McCurry noted tonight progress on formation of PACs in various area parks and availability of funds for a brochure and video about the parks in the Hyde Park area including Jackson. A survey of parks users and neighbors re: needs, wants, and concerns for parks is available.
Jerry Levy moved suspension of the regular agenda so our guests could present and answer questions.

FRANCES MCNAMARA described her mysteries set in Chicago starting at the World’s Fair of 1893 and early University of Chicago and featuring fictional amateur sleuth Emily Cabot.
RAYMOND JOHNSON, author Chicago History The Stranger Side and The Haunt Detective gave an illustrated program that zeroed in on one of the tragedies at the Fair, the destructive fire midway through the Fair of the Ice House at 64th/Stony, with the greatest loss of firefighters in a single blaze in 19th century. There were many questions and the two talks were greatly appreciated.

Committee and other reports. Lauren Umek, CPD project manager reported that work would start in Wooded Island the week of December 15. When fencing is up, access will only be available to Osaka Garden, and only via the north bridge to the Island (Nancy Hays bridge)- the south bridge will be closed.
Suggested and with enthusiastic support by JPAC was having a large planting day involving the public and schools similar to those in Burnham Park. Umek noted that in hand is only the funding for the north part of the park (area or phase I including lagoons and Wooded Island).
Norm Bell said Bobolink Meadow will remain open, although at some point there will be shoreline recon- struction. Bobolink is in good shape and beautiful (although in winter dormancy). Lots of seeds were spread.

Consensus was to schedule for the January meeting nomination and election of two non-officer board members, as proposed and approved at the last meeting. McCurry suggested the two could handle fundraising and membership-building and asked people to think about volunteering for these.
McCurry announced that at the January meeting, representatives from the University of Chicago and Chicago Park District will discuss with us the UC bid for the Obama Presidential Library.

Move to adjourn by Jerry Levy. The next meeting - January 12, 7 pm at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

Respectfully submitted,
Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

Website for the Army Corps project, already in progress: http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/JacksonPark.aspx.