Welcome to the January 2016 Jackson Park J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

J.P.A.C. NEWSLETTER January 2016 Vol. 23 No. 1

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.
Protecting Nature, Preserving History, Promoting Recreation"

Next meeting: MONDAY JANUARY 11, 2016 7p.m.
JP fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
Monday JANUARY 11, 2016, 7p.m. AGENDA
Guests- Naomi Davis on Blacks in Green (blacksingreen.org)
Minutes & Finances
Reports/updates/actions, the next year.
Old & New bus, Announcements, adjourn


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 [ note-tour changed to 10-12 with Island staying open until 2]
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 Minutes
pp 3-4 News/Dates

>>> 2016 MEMBERSHIP/GIFTS - MaiI 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 top of p. 3 below for more information
Jan. 9. Ballet Sono’s Journey, with a connection to the Japanese Pavilion. Auditorium Theater. Thodosdancechicago.org.
Feb. 4. Friends of the Parks Annual Luncheon- fotp.org or for FOTP events email info@fotp.org or call 312 857-2757.
Mar. 5. Annual PAC Conference, at Kennedy King. CPD website


Official website http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org
(The site is being updated and with a new calandar (now up). And see the sites below for new and latest.)
Newsletter online http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters/Jan2016nl.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-

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

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, 1/11, 2/8, 3/14, 4/2, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12
$35 per person. Opp levels $100, $250, $500…
TO JPAC c/o Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella, Chicago, IL 60649. Or in the website.


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)
Norm Bell/Gail Parry (Bobolink stewards)

Chicago Park District-
Bobbie Beckam 773 256-0903
Region mgr Daphne Johnson
& Area mgr Cordell Hopkins
312 747-7661


President Louise McCurry called the meeting to order and distributed the agenda at 7 p.m. in the fieldhouse. A quorum was present.
Minutes: In the printed mailed version, the bank balance should have read $3,758.28 and the JPAC Awards should have read: Olmsted to Lauren Umek, Burnham to Robert Karr and Ray Johnson. Moved and 2nded and approved to accept the minutes as corrected.

The balance remained the same, and the officers were completing work on the new bank account and fund transfers.

Safety items (Kenneth Newman). South of the 59th causeway- a jagged crack on the bike and walking path. Along the lakefront 63rd to 57th , blown beach sand has built up along the edge of Lake Shore Drive and seems not to be restrained by current snow fencing. A body was found in the lagoon by the fenced off Darrow bridge.

Fieldhouse and programs. McCurry reported that serious issues at the fieldhouse have been corrected by the Park District over recent months including flooding in the basement.

Physical instructor Pierre Nealon gave praise for the book bags distributed to the kids and for citywide and regional team victories. Pictures were placed in the PD website. Wrestling is the big program of the moment, with basketball taking center stage by February. A problem is getting full attendance of younger kids after daylight savings ends. Another is competition from Wolfpack teams. Members asked that JPAC and the staff check into getting finding or buying a bulletin board to show pictures of Jackson Park winners/achievers.
Report was made on a successful summer program through the Jackson Park Yacht Club with the Park District to teach both swimming and boating. The yacht club is considering buying small vessels.

JPAC, the Alderman’s office and others have secured commitment on repair and replacement of playground equipment and the gate at 67th and Ridgeland.

McCurry reported from the CPD board meeting that the 2016 budget has passed. Although there are significant staffing cuts including at many parks, new funds are becoming available. President Bryan Traubert is stepping down after several years of strong leadership including on deficit and debt reduction. He will continue to work on behalf of our parks from California. Jesse Ruiz is expected to be elected next President.

Website and communications were being upgraded by Ray Johnson and Jake Young. A priority is to activate Paypal contributions.

Wooded Island. Jerry Levy said heavy construction is finished and consideration was being given to increased public access. He said he and others were asking regular open hours starting this winter.
There was discussion about best ways to encourage more speed on repairing Darrow Bridge.

Jerry Levy asked that JPAC undertake detailed discussion of what kind of visitors destination or structure there should be at the Music Court and its placement. Such needs are met in many parks but not Jackson. Jake Young, citing history supported a visitor’s facility and reactivation of the Music Court. Levy moved, Anne Marie Miles 2nd, that JPAC supports the concept of a visitors facility in the Music Court such as Project 120 has laid out. Approved.

Peter Zelchenko, a scout leader, laid out ideas he hopes to present to the Washington PAC for repair and community use of the “Chalet” building in Washington Park (a parallel to both the Iowa Building and to what is being considered in Jackson Park). Pointed out was need for sustainable funding and synergistic uses.

Moved and approved to contribute goods for the fieldhouse holiday party and to the community project of hot chocolate for the security manning corners along school routes. We will work on a winter photo contest.

Announcements included the January 9 ballet based on a famous ballet dancer connected to the Japanese Garden, and the PAC Conference March 5 at Kennedy-King College.

Adjourned. Next meeting Jan. 11 7 pm at the fieldhouse.
Respectfully submitted, Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary

Wooded Island will have self guided or guided tours 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
JPAC, with the requests and support of numerous community members, birders, and Japanese Garden visitors asked for weekend open hours. NEW SCHEDULE: 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
2nd Saturdays 10 am-2 pm-
self-guided tours with Lauren Umek or Jerry Levy; 4th Saturdays 10 am-2 pm 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. (Updated Jan. 8)

[2nd Sat of Month
self guided tours with Lauren Umek and Jerry Levy there for questions

4th Sat of Month
Guided tours with Lauren Umek]

Sono’s Journey ballet world premiere will be given at The Auditorium Theater January 9! A true story from our Japanese Garden and Japanese American and dance world experience

January 9, Saturday, 7:30pm | Performance of Sono’s Journey, by Melissa Thodos, and of three other works by the company. 96-year-old Sono Fitzpatrick is expected to be present at the performance. Tickets:
http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/shows/thodos-dance-chicago-2/. Or visit ThodosDanceChicago.org which includes other opportunities revolving around the world premier of this work.

Sono's Journey, created and choreographed by Melissa Thodos, is a full company, contemporary dance story that artistically reflects the life of acclaimed Japanese-American dancer Sono Osato's (aka Fitzpatick) incredible journey, from her roots as a young girl in Chicago, to her defining audition on the Auditorium Theatre stage that launched her international dance career at age 14 with the original Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, to her position today as one of the most inspirational, barrier-breaking artists ever in American dance. Sono (age 96) and her family have collaborated on the development of Sono's Journey, which includes the family's connection as caretakers of Jackson Park's historic Garden of the Phoenix and once magnificent Phoenix Pavilion in the 1930s. The Pavilion and surrounding Jackson Park are currently undergoing a renaissance under the leadership of Project 120, a public-private partnership with the city of Chicago.

You can find a 5 minute video about Sono’s Journey on the Project 120 Chicago website (See the 3rd video on the site entitled “Sono’s Journey”). Go to: http://www.project120chicago.org/resources/videos. The first video is the final version of the Project 120 video just finished. Please take a look at that as well.
(based on material in the Project 120 announcement and the Thodos website)

Openlands trees available for public spaces in spring 2016
Openlands, an organization that protects the natural and open spaces of Illinois, is accepting applications for its 2016 TreePlanters Grant. The grant will be used to plant trees in neighborhoods throughout various communities. Residents in Chicago have from now until Jan. 11 to apply for a chance for their community to take part in the grant. Applicants are required to identify locations in their neighborhood for 10-30 trees to be planted on public land. Go to http://www.openlands.org/treeplanters-grant. Thanks, Jake Young for the forward.

Friends of the Parks holds Annual Luncheon February 4 and screens documentary March 24 about the southern shore of Lake Michigan.
February 4, Thursday, noon. Friends of the Parks Annual meeting and Lakefront Legacy Luncheon, Chicago Cultural Center Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.
Honoring Erma Tranter and her legacy of protecting Chicago's lakefront. Also honoring legislators, aldermen and other Chicagoans who have gone above and beyond for Chicago's parks. Featuring a guest appearance by Daniel Burnham. Visit FOTP.org for tickets including early bird registration.
March 24 (date to be confirmed), Thursday, noon. Friends of the Parks Walter E. Netsch Lecture Series. Chicago Cultural Center Claudia Cassidy Theater. Centerpiece is screening of a spectacular documentary, “Shifting Sands: Lake Michigan’s Southern Shore.” It focuses on a serious problem that affects inter alia Jackson Park. Registration is not required but appreciated.

Save the date—Annual PAC Conference March 5, Saturday, 9 am to 2 p.m. Kennedy King College.
Engage with all PACs and share the tools you need to create vibrant parks and advisory councils. For registration visit the chicagoparkdistrict.com website or email Maria.Stone@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

Don’t stuff that Christmas tree in a dumpster, bring it (bare) for recycling to Jackson Park at 6300 S. (or one of the city’s other tree recycling spots) through January 16. Starting January 11, you can pick up tree mulch.

Hogtie that dock! A few weeks ago, JPAC park walkers noted a boat ramp/dock missing at one of the harbors—later seen floating. The fearless riggers under Alonzo William’s management were able to tow it back and secure it.

The Obama Presidential Foundation continued on its path toward site selection in the coming months by winnowing architectural applicants to seven, who are to provide specific concept for both sites and meet with the First Family.

Sledding! The hill on the east side of the railroad tracks crossing Midway Plaisance is being used as a sledding hill. Other places to the north are in Stout Park (5400 block S. Greenwood) and the south part of Nichols Park (54th Pl.). What’s your favorite hill? Several people use Jackson Park for cross-country skiing.

Two commemorative works of public art near the park are in line for restoration.
Thanks to persistence and gift of a Hyde Park family (not related Mr. Wallach) and diligence of Park District staff and experts, the David Wallach Memorial Fountain on Promontory Point is expected to be restored in the spring. In 1894, David Wallach (about whom little is known) left a sum for a sculpture and park fountain that would slake the thirst of man and beast. The David Wallach Memorial was installed and dedicated in 1939. Elizabeth Haseltine Hibbard designed the bronze fawn, and her husband Frederick Cleveland Hibbard designed the fountain which has a pool at the base that serves pets and wildlife. The fountain has leaked periodically. The fawn was stolen at one time, but recovered. The brownish granite of the polished base was formed about 2 billion years ago and has wonderful crystalline facets of feldspar, biolite, mica, and hornblende.
The Women’s Bench. At the base of the sledding hill on the east side of the tracks crossing the Midway just west of Jackson Park is a stone bench installed in 1930 after the raising of funds from all over the country, in memory of Chicago and the neighborhood’s first women in the Illinois General Assembly and the struggle for the vote for women. The Hyde Park Herald at the time suggested a plaza in front to the bench to Stony Island Ave., where the Women’s and the Children’s buildings stood during the World’s Fair. The bench is under expert evaluation by the Park District concerning restoration and possibilities for outside interest explored by MPAC and JPAC.

Since we’ve been asked….. The “You Are Beautiful” sign along Lake Shore Drive by 31st. CPD Arts Initiatives said, “This artwork was done by Matthew Hoffman. This particular piece, which was first installed at the Chicago Cultural Center is the One-Millionth iteration and distribution of this message, formerly on small stickers that went around the world. … some communities have requested installation of this message on school and/or park fences."

• In Wooded Island/lagoons/Bobolink/Iowa/LaRabida/beaches/+- Workdays, recruiting volunteers, reclaiming spaces/resources, inventory and monitoring, reporting needs for repair and improvement
• Held public meetings for projects and framework planning.
• Held two Park Nature Photo Contests, regular tours of the history and nature of the parks
• Provided goodies, book bags, and turkeys for park kids programs
• Worked on cleanup by rail rights of way and helped organize and work with park councils including park playgrounds ID, workdays and dedications
• Helped plan and held sessions at the Annual PAC Conference
• Held a fundraising gala at South Shore Cultural Center. Worked to develop website and media.

Thank you to too many to name in CPD, Parks Foundation, FOTP, officials, organizations, communities. Thank you Friends of the Parks for a fine lead article about JPAC in this month’s membership PACT.