Welcome to the March 2008 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, Chicago, a recognized park advisory council to the Chicago Park District

Volume 15, Issue 2/3, March 2008

Editor and JPAC website administrator Gary M. Ossewaarde, contact at hpkcc@aol.com

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Jackson Park Advisory Council - Meeting Minutes February 11, 2008

Gary Ossewaarde convened the meeting at 7:40 pm. President Ross Petersen sent his apologies. Introductions were made, including of new South Lakefront Manager Daphne Johnson (773 256-6117). With no objections, the December minutes were approved as circulated. (There was no January meeting.). With no objections, due to weather and limited attendance, elections and Nature Committee report were postponed to March.

Guests and report-givers. Growing Power. Laurell Sims reported on progress with the community garden. That in Jackson Park focuses on a community garden with outdoor classroom including on composting. Park program kids involvement is being coordinated. The plots will be contracted with individuals who must maintain and harvest. 5th Ward offered to help recruit. Potential problems are being addressed.

Athletes Committed to Education. Tyrone Mason reported rapid advance of plans presented to and approved at a previous council meeting for an advanced all-year enclosure over a set of current tennis courts. This would greatly expand the activities and teaching of the fieldhouse. ACE will bear the entire cost and upkeep. Daytime free open periods would be available for persons and groups of all ages. Evenings would have members sports with a charge and would hold or travel to tournaments. The council was reassured that all needs and potential drawbacks are being addressed, including being green, attractive, low-intensity. Drawings for the project, projected for Autumn 2008, were requested to be shown to the council when ready. Enthusiastic support was indicated from Ald. Hairston’s office, Bishop Brazier and Park District officers who had reviewed the plan to date. Members observed that the council has to be cautious with expansion of structures at expense of open space and sports courts. The council reaffirmed support.

Rebecca Graff, graduate student at the University of Chicago, reported on the pilot class she leads and its continued archeological reconnaissance and test holes related to the Columbian Exposition, under Park District permit through July 31. Material from the late 19th century regularly shows up. The project has a grant from Bard College. Partnerships are being sought with community youth groups.

Daphne Johnson, recently appointed South Lakefront Area Manager, reported on park activities. These include a ski trip to Wilma, near Gurnee, IL. At least one movie will be shown in the park this summer. Spring programs can be viewed in http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com. Online registration starts February 25 and in-person Saturday, March 1. Summer in-person registration starts April 26. Also reported is reminder that removed park dead trees and the wood chips from them will be staged in the Hayes/Cornell parking lot.

Barry Rapoport reviewed progress on the commemorative bolder and plaque honoring Frederick Douglass’ accomplishments related to the Columbian Exposition. $5,000 is needed to accomplish preparation and placement not far from the 59th Marina. He asked that JPAC consider helping with cost (to be considered at the next meeting) and planning a ceremony (he hoped by fall). Fiscal agent is the Parkways Foundation. Information can be obtained from Barry at drumjug@yahoo.com or 773 315-9269 or Cameron Lane at Parkways, clane@parkways.org or 312 742-4808. Donations can be given directly to Parkways at Frederick Douglass Monument Project, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Suite 850, Chicago, IL 60611.

Wording of the plaque:

FREDERICK DOUGLASS (1818-1895), AN EX-SLAVE,
WAS AN IMPORTANT AUTHOR, EDITOR, ORATOR, STATESMAN
AND ONE OF THE FOREMOST LEADERS
OF THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT IN AMERICA

IN CELEBRATION OF HAITIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY
AND THE COMPLETION OF THE FIRST PAVILION
FOR THE WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION,
DOUGLASS DEDICATED THE HAITIAN PAVILION
JACKSON PARK, JANUARY 2, 1893

DEDICATED BY CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS,
TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS 2008

The meeting was adjourned. Next meeting March 10, 2008, 7:30 pm in the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Avenue.
Respectfully submitted,
Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary