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Jackson Park Advisory Council Minutes December 10, 2012

Louise McCurry convened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the fieldhouse. November minutes were moved by Jerry Levy, 2nd by Fran Vandervoort and approved. No Treasurer’s report. Gary Ossewaarde noted that we often contribute for holiday treats for the afterschool kids; park staff has informed us that anything for that cause is most welcome. Moved and seconded to spend up to $50 for candy for said- approved.

McCurry said the Park District proposed 2013 operating budget has been vetted and is online and in field houses and would be voted on December 12. It mostly holds the line on staffing, line-items and fees and leverages partnerships inter alia to bring more and new sports (including lacrosse and more boxing and Junior Bears) and activities into the parks- at least two in Jackson. She noted a real need for benches at the sports fields. Vandervoort will attend the CPD board capital committee meeting in the morning of December 12.

McCurry and others reviewed the large amount of cleanup and other work done in the park this year and particularly in the past month or so. Without both regular and occasional individual and group volunteers and our stewards, little progress could have been made. Staff and contractors do what they can but are stretched. Their work with safety (physical and security) and enhancing the natural areas is appreciated.

Lots remaining to be cleaned or fixed (or that has grown back after being controlled), was listed and prioritized, particularly for volunteer groups that can be recruited over the next few months. Also noted (and being inventoried) were dead or fallen trees and limbs (some to be left for wildlife and some presenting hazards or otherwise needing to be removed), beavers and their ongoing damage, lighting, and lots of garbage on beaches and lagoons washed in or exposed because of low water levels.

McCurry will inquire about apparent closure of the shoreline trail below LaRabida, which we were told was to stay open during construction.
Nature and trails. Vandervoort showed a hand-held book identifying invasive plants. She said she is looking into ideas for teaching tours for children and others and a new suite of workshops for next year. Topics were suggested.

Vandervoort announced that JPAC will receive a Paul Cornell Award from Hyde Park Historical Society at the Society’s Annual Awards Dinner February 23 5:30 p.m. at the Quadrangle Club. Details will be included with the next JPAC newsletter. Members were thrilled to learn of the award, and that Washington Park Conservancy will also be honored. On a different note, Mt. Carmel High School was cheered for winning state championship in football, beating schools many times larger.
Invitation to join or renew JPAC membership for 2013 were distributed and will be sent to others. Basic dues (voluntary contribution) are $35 for individuals and can be made out to JPAC and mailed to Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella, Chicago, IL 60649.

The meeting was adjourned to a nice holiday spread donated by members. Next meeting (onward into our 30th year)- January 14, 7:30 at the fieldhouse.
Respectfully submitted,
Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

Jackson Park has a wide variety of park programs- visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com for information and how to sign up, or pick up the flyer at the fieldhouse and talk to the wonderful staff.

JPAC was saddened to learn of the closing of the City of Osaka Chicago Office. We are very appreciative of their help and the funding from Osaka of many trees and improvements in and near the Japanese Garden. The Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities will continue.