Welcome to the June 2014 J.P.A.C Newsletter online

Contents of published newsletter

Visit JPAC's official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Find also our 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.
LINKS TO NEWSLETTERS (starting from 2006)- (index in http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html- this is also the RETURN link to the Jackson Park homepage in this website and navigator to the many Jackson Park pages in hydepark.org)

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, 773 844-225, 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.

Look for Jackson and other Hyde Park-Kenwood park announcements in the Hyde Park Herald (http://www.hpherald.com)-"In the Parks" box in the calendar section.

Playlot ribbon cutting and dedication at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Wednesday, June 25, c. 1:30 pm.

Note that the July 14 council meeting and annual picnic will start at 6:30 pm, in the Iowa shelter building in the 1700 block of E. 56th St. (west of Lake Shore Drive, south of Montgomery Place, and north of 57th Drive.) Come when you can. GUESTS: Lorenzo Chew, CPkD Park Security and representatives from the Chicago Police Department 2nd and 3rd Districts.
A DISCUSSION OF SECURITY AND SAFETY including the north sector where incidents have occurred this summer.

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Find:

Announcements- July 2014 JPAC Newsletter

VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS- JULY 12, SATURDAY, 9 a.m.-noon. BOBOLINK Meadow. Info: parrybell@ameritech.net or http://bluestem.info/bobolink/getting-there.html. Lots of pictures and news: http://bluestem.info/bobolink/

JUNE 28, JULY 26 SATURDAY, 10 a.m-1 p.m. WOODED Island. Info. Jerry Levy sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com

OTHERS POP UP FREQUENTLY – call Louise, 773 844-2225 or commissioner751@comcast.net.

INTERESTED IN READING with a CHILD IN JPk SUMMER DAYCAMP 45 mins once a week? Visit http://witschicago.org.

WHITE CITY TOURS- SATS 11 AM through Oct. Meet at west end of lot south of Museum. FriendsoftheWhiteCity.org.

Bird Walks Weds at 7 am, Sats at 8 am- meet at Darrow Bridge, if late by the Japanese Garden.

The World’s Fair of 1893—a large exhibit open through September 7 at Field Museum.

“The Flight of the Butterflies” (monarchs and the potential for disaster to them and us)- MSI Omnimax Theater. (JPAC nurtures, plants, and favors milkweed et al, upon which these butterflies depend.)

Watch/play: Lawn Bowling, Croquet at the Bowling Green—Tom Michael 708-366-8228, Tom O’Laughlin 773-631-1422.

Save the Date- August 2, 2-5+ pm Jackson Park Festival west of Cornell by Darrow Bridge. 5 pm Spectralia Theater presents Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” sp. by CPD in Music Court so of lot south of the Museum.

Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration Project (US Army Corps of Engineers and Chicago Park District). PROJECT’s WEBSITE- http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/JacksonPark.aspx. Summaries of the public meetings in May are at http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters/June2014nl.htm.


Minutes of the June 9 JPAC Advisory Council monthly meeting

Louise McCurry convened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the fieldhouse.

Guest speaker Brenda McKinney, Program Coordinator with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Urban Fishing Program, described outreach in schools and parks connecting youth with ecology, fish, food chains and environmental problems of our freshwater streams and lakes and with hands-on catch-and-release. Many social skills are developed in the program. The program has both staff and volunteers. IDNR stocks native catfish and bluegills in Jackson Park. Members asked for a program with youth here.

Guest speaker sculptor Margot McMahon presented the Chicago Sculpture International program (with CPD and the city) in which many volunteer artists are repurposing (for a year) dead trees in our parks and street parkways/boulevards. The artists express in varied ways their thoughts and questions about our interconnected environment and how humans affect it. She showed her project in which she has hung oversized, stylized bird forms in a large dead tree on the west side of Lake Shore Drive south of 57th Street. It’s worth a visit; in fact one can make a fairly easy circuit of the sites on the South Side including Bessemer Park, down the Midway and Garfield Blvd., Western to Bridgeport near Halsted, McGuane Park and more. McMahon talked about the many kinds of losses that come from the disappearance of trees, but also that dead trees and limbs have many uses for wildlife and for soil renewal—and in human reflection, art and imagination.

May minutes were approved. Dwight Powell reported the treasury has $3,953—there is much we could do with more contributions. JPAC underwrote half the food for a memorial for a employee of the park who passed away from illness.

Jerry Levy reported on several workdays with sizable groups of volunteers, as did Norm Bell for Bobolink. Accomplishments for the latter included cleaning invasives at the Golf Driving Range fence. Both thanked volunteers and reminded of workdays for June and July.

Powell asked about progress on starting boating training for youths in Jackson Park. Those contacted had other commitments for this year and the program for this year is at Northerly Island. However, a member of the board of Jackson Park Yacht Club was exploring more possibilities.

McCurry and Ray Johnson described our first White City Tour for this year June 7—tours will be given each Saturday at 11 a.m. through October covering different parts of the World’s Fair footprint, and nature encountered in passing. (Nature trail tours are being organized.)

Our reorganized website is up and being filled in; suggested was producing a fundraising video with testimonials of one can do and what needs to be done in the park.

Planning and outreach are proceeding for the August 2 Jackson Park Fest with Shakespeare in the Park.

The 2 new playground fences came down today and kids rushed in to make themselves at home. A ribbon cutting was planned for the Chrysalis lot at 56th and Cornell the next Monday at 3:15 p.m.

JPAC will have a table at the 57th St. Art Fair and march/share management of a game at 4th on 53rd St.

PAC is in touch with officials on fixing the Darrow Bridge.

Commended were a WTTW program on Olmsted to be aired June 20 9 p.m. and a new book by Linda Swift on Kenwood Academy’s photography, video and mural project.

Meeting adjourned. Next meeting-and picnic- July 14, 6:30 pm at the Iowa Building.

Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary