Welcome to the June 2015 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online version

Volume 22, No. 6, June 2015

JPAC WAS NAMED ONE OF TEN BEST "GOLD PAC'S" AT THE MARCH 29 2015 PAC CONFERENCE! JPAC officers helped plan and presented at sessions had a staffed a fine poster about the Park at the Conference at Truman College.

June 8 meeting agenda.
of published newsletter
Upcoming meetings or events


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

Contacts: JPACChicago@gmail.com, 773 357-7617

Visit also, esp. for workdays http://www.bluestem.info/Bobolink/ and http://www.friendsofthewhitecity.org.

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 is 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.

Page on the Obama Presidential Library with links.
Record of the January 12 2015 open discussion of the Library at JPAC meeting
Link to City of Chicago draft Ordinance of land transfer introduced into City Council:
(see more related links at foot of the minutes.)

To Army Corps Project JPAC information page and links including to the USACE official site.
http://www.project120chicago.org. Recent material is posted on the park Framework and 4 projects underway or provisionally proposed

See also a running set of minutes and standing resolutions.

WHAT'S UP AT THE JUNE 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 The Chiacago 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

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.

Upcoming meetings or events-

June 13, July 11, 9 am-noon. Bobolink Meadow Workday.

June 20, Saturday, 9 am. LaRabida special workday- a part of CPD "It's Your Park" citywide day of activities and workdays.

June 27, Saturday, 10 am for a tree and shrub planting on Wooded Island. Meet at the south bridge to the Island.

June 8 , Monday, 7 pm Council Meeting at fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony I.

Watch for updated agenda. Tentative:
Call to order, agenda adjustments,
Minutes, financial,
Presentation and actionable: 10,000 Ripples art project by the Iowa Building, other Iowa building news,
Reports, including Gala wrap up, Army Corps project update, Obama Library update,
ew/ old business. Adjourn

[Added note: the weekly bird walks by Audubon continue Saturdays at 8 in Bobolink Meadow-- the birding is great, turtle habitat is being built now and the water will rise soon.]

See the entire print version updated in pdf including the front page (vitae, agenda, announcements and links)
Pictures for now are only in this document.
Updated but without pictures


JPAC AND THE GALA COMMITTEE THANK OUR SPONSORS, ALL WHO ATTENDED, DONATED TO OR AT, OR PRESENTED / PERFORMED AT OUR MAY 17 “Sundae in the Park” fundraiser at South Shore Cultural Center. Special thanks to the Gala Committee: Frances Vandervoort, Dwight Powell, Cherry Theard, Donna Hughes, Ruby Haughton-Pitts, Louise McCurry, Anne Marie Miles, Brenda Nelms, Gary Ossewaarde, and Jake Young. Also to Chicago Park District, Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce, and George Rumsey.
Highlights: Curtis Black jazz trio, South Shore Opera Company singers, Eva Lewis on saving/repurposing the South Shore Cultural Center, JPAC Photo Contest winner Melodie Jovarka, Andy Howard of Chicago Wilderness, our MC’s, raffle and silent auction—what great bargains!, kid’s resource and activities tables, decorations, and the sundaes from the Parrot Cage Restaurant at South Shore Cultural Center.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION COMING AT JUNE 8, 7 p.m. JPAC MEETING! JPAC hosts "10,000 RIPPLES," creators of art projects conceived by artist Indira Johnson called "peace parks" in various cities. They will present proposed public art--white Buddha-head sculptures emerging from the earth—for near the "Iowa building." The heads reflect tranquility, spiritual and community growth and maturity and could inspire programs and activities practicing and growing peace for a not-always-peaceful place in the park, and contribute to violence-reduction in our communities. Presenters: Mark Rodriguez, Executive Director of Changing Worlds, the lead organization of 10,000 Ripples, and artist Indira Johnson. Discussion of this and other improvements for the Iowa building and vicinity follows. An action may be proposed.


President Louise McCurry opened the meeting at 7 p.m. with a quorum present. April minutes were moved by Fran Vandervoort, 2nd and approved.
Treasurer Dwight Powell reported a balance of $4,035. Gala costs and investments are underway.

CPD Area Manager Cordell Hopkins announced a great summer of programs in Chicago parks, Night Out in the Park, and camps (find them all online from chicagoparkdistrict.com) and announced donation of a summer camp scholarship for raffle at the JPAC Gala.

Sports/Kids. Instructor Pierre Nealon detailed the sports teams (doing very well!) and programs and camps for year-round experience. New is basketball for 13-15 year-olds and an earlier start for football practice.

Wooded Island update. Lauren Umek, CPD project manager reported an excellent annual Bird Count with Department of Natural Resources and Audubon. This was able to proceed despite Island closure and work. The numbers and species of birds and turtles is large. Members asked that the bird count be available online. The deteriorated road was demolished and will soon be replaced. Finishing structural work on Wooded Island and the lagoons- including turtle and fish habitat- is top priority, to be completed if possible by the end of summer. Re-opening date depends on completion of shore work and the road, and weather. Planting starts in the next few weeks-- Nurseries in Wisconsin and Kansas are growing many thousands of plants. A major community planting day will occur June 27 including trees and shrubs. Fences and signage are meant to be taken seriously--all are asked to stay out of the lagoons, which have dangerous drop-offs, uneven bottoms, and unstable sand. Grading is essentially done and the water is being allowed to rise naturally to its level. Bobolink shore work was still in progress. Norm Bell discussed possible shore plant relocations and new plantings. Umek has met with local groups including the U of C Service League and has led informational walk throughs, including a “Jane’s Walk” (co-host CPD parks historian Julia Bachrach) that drew over 50 participants. The next Island walk through will be on May 30 10 am from the south bridge. Umek gave JPAC detailed drawings and samples of the fence signs.
Army Corps site for the project: http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/JacksonPark.aspx.
In other nature news, beavers are back; the situation will be monitored to see if any action should be taken.

Guest presentation- The Iowa building re-imagined. An art and architecture class this spring at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago conducted design experiments (5 collaborations) re-imagining the Iowa building and programming there, including drama, themed around “memory.” JPAC sponsored a presentation at Montgomery Place and a shorter one tonight by Odile Compagnon and students. Both were well received.

President’s report, news. JPAC members have been active establishing new PACs in the area including for Midway Plaisance, and cleaning up or getting action in parts of the Midway, especially at Canadian National tracks, visible from Jackson Park. The next Midway workday will be June 20, 12:30 p.m.—this will be one of many city wide “It’s Your Park” activities organized by the Park District (queries: Maria Stone, maria.stone@chicagoparkdistrict.com.) The work activity for Jackson will be at LaRabida 9 a.m-noon.
Watch this summer for Midway Plaisance to be added to Ray Johnson’s suite of White City Columbian Exposition tours, already underway Sats 11 am from the east (parking lot) side of Darrow Bridge.
The winning bid for the Obama Presidential Center was scheduled to be announced the following day via video and press conference at the Gary Comer Youth Center. Hint: UC South Side. Site selection- later.

Our website, jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org, has been upgraded. More will be done. Jerald Miller developed and continues to maintain the website, with Jake Young assuming duties. People can now make donations and pay dues via PayPal through the website. There is also an email, JPACChicago@gmail.com, and a phone number, 773 357-7617 that go to a JPAC responder. Also find on the website our Facebook and Twitter links.

Nomination and election of two non-officer advisory at-large board members. Jake Young and Cherry Theard volunteered to assume the positions, discussed and sanctioned at previous meetings. The positions are charged especially with membership, database, and web/media development. The council assented by acclamation.

Following some financial and other directives related to the Gala, Dwight Powell moved adjournment.
Next meeting Monday, June 8, 7 p.m. at the fieldhouse.
Respectfully submitted, Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary.

For pictures visit for present the longer pdf version pages 3, 4.