Welcome to the March 2015 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online
Jackson Park, Chicago

Volume 22, No. 3, March 2015

March meeting agenda. Contents of published newsletter
Upcoming meetings or events

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

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.
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 February 2015 minutes)

To Army Corps Project JPAC information page and links including to the USACE official site.
http://www.project120chicago.org. New 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 MARCH 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 Friends of the Parks, 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- Nature Photography Class and Contest

February 24, Tuesday- registration for park programs online opened. In person registration started February 28.

March 9, Monday, 11 am. Chicago Plan Commission hearing on ordinance to transfer land from the Park District to the City for purpose of a Presidential Library. City Council Chambers 2nd floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle.

March 11, Wednesday, am? City Council joint committee will take up its Ordinance of transfer of park land in Jackson or Washington Park for the Obama Library. City Council vote is set for March 18.

March 13, Friday, 10 am. Annual Clarence Darrow wreath toss, testimonials at Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park (south of the Columbia Basin back of Museum of Sc. and Ind.) and lecture on a topic dear to Darrow in the Museum of Science and Industry. This year: activists on undocumented laborers and immigration. Free. darrowbridge.org.

Darrow, Undocumented Laborers and Immigration in the New Millennium
Speakers: Tania Unzueta Carrasco and
Sister Patricia Murphy, RSM & Sister JoAnn Persch, RSM

Meet at 10 am just EAST of the Clarence Darrow Bridge in Jackson Park (the bridge is under construction) for the traditional tossing of flowers and brief speeches to commemorate Darrow; the Symposium begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Museum of Science and Industry (The NEW Columbian Room). Beverages and rolls will be served. (The Darrow Bridge is behind the Museum of Science and Industry: Driving south on Lake Shore Drive, pass the light at 57th Drive and turn right at the next light [Science Drive]. You will come almost immediately to Columbia Drive. If you turn left and follow Columbia Drive there is parking near the bridge. You may park near the OmniMax Theater and walk south to the bridge. Parking is by the bridge.)

See www.darrowbridge.org or call 773-387-2394.

March 28, Saturday, 8:30 am-2 pm. Annual PAC Conference- "PAC's Are GOLD". Plenary, breakout workshops, poster session and social. At a Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson (Larry McKeon Admin., south side of street). There are wonderful new options this year. The 8 sessions will focus on Goals, Opportunity, Leadership, and Dedication. On the Red Line and parking is free. To get the invite (RSVP expected) email Maria Stone at Chicago Park District.

March 28, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Wooded Island workday MAY resume weather permitting- contact jslevy@jeromelevylaw.com to be placed on the notices list.

Youth Nature Photography Contest March 10- April 10 with FREE class April 4

1.Youth Nature Photo contest is open to all boys and girls ages 10-18.
2. Photos from any Hyde Park, Kenwood, Jackson Park, or Washington Park playground or park are welcomed. School photography clubs welcomed.
3. Free Nature Photography Class on April 4 at 9 am in Jackson Park. Meet at Darrow Bridge near the Wooded Island. Learn from a professional photographer. Submit your best nature photo after the class.
4. Submit your photos by email in jpg format under 10MB to: parksphotocontest@gmail.com. Submissions must include your Name, Phone Number, Email, and Birth date. Photos may be submitted from March 10 @7pm to April 10 @7pm. Judging will be by professional news and nature photographers.
5.PRIZES ARE: $50.00 First Place, $25.00 Second Place $15.00 Third Place
The decision of the judges is final and all submissions become the property of Jackson Park Advisory Council. Consent is implied by submitting photo. We will call or email winners before April 13. Prize Ceremony will be April 13, at 6:30 pm at Nancy Hays Gallery in 6401 S. Stony Island field house with local press invited to the event. Photos will be on display there from April 13- May 13
Full details in March 11 Hyde Park Herald. Contest co-sponsored by the Herald.

Bird walks Weds at 7:15, Sats at 8 from Darrow Bridge.

March 9, Monday, 7 pm Council Meeting at fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony I.
Watch for updated agenda. Tentative:
Join our group photo for the March 28 PAC Conference- JPAC nominated for "Best PAC 2015."
Call to order, agenda adjustments, GUESTS if any.
Minutes, financial,
Chicago Parks Foundation presents; a vote may be taken on fiscal agency.
Discuss, approve grdant applications.
Poss. vote and election to fill 2 non officer board positions.
Reports, including Army Corps project update (to March 6 Report from CPD project manager)
MAJOR JPAC initiative UPDATES! including discussion of upcoming Youth Photo Contest,
Fundraiser May 17, and Run Like the Devil in the White City Race likely in September.
ew/ old business. Adjourn

CONTENTS, links of the March Newsletter

FEBRUARY 9 2015 council meeting minutes

Louise McCurry convened the meeting and took adjustments to the agenda at 7 p.m. at the fieldhouse.

Minutes of the January 12 meeting were moved by Frances Vandervoort, 2nd and approved.

In the absence of treasurer, the secretary noted that the January bank balance was $4,753.85.

President. Louise McCurry showed pictures taken here with the Gold Medal won by the park district, also historic views, including of the Museum lawn before there was a parking lot there.
A workshop and program at Brookfield Zoo on MLKing Day will lead to programs in Jackson Park this year.
Largely attended hearings were held about the Presidential Library, one of the proposed sites being JP.
Several members are working with a professional photographer and the HP Herald for a nature photography contest and exhibit in Jackson Park, starting April 4. There was enthusiastic support for proceeding.
McCurry discussed progress and support on nearby parks improvements (or more parks) and PAC formation—people have come to us seeking a more dense network of public spaces and volunteers to serve area needs.

Luis Mendez of the Chicago Zoological Society, which runs Brookfield Zoo, described several programs bringing nature learning, interpretive and stewardship to parks and neighborhood youth and families—Nature Start, College and High School Program, and King Conservation Scholars. The latter includes teams that can do action tasks in Jackson Park and schools. Several are aimed at green, conservation, and science careers. A program for preschoolers will participate in the park camp program, taught by high schoolers on career path.

Maggie Daly, from the new Chicago Parks Foundation of the park district discussed events, otueach, and PAC opportunities the Foundation will bring. These may include fiscal sponsorship of PACs—arrangements would include free banking at a particular bank, fee to the Foundation $100 yearly. These Foundation programs will be launched at the March 28 PAC Conference (“PAC’s are Gold”) at Truman College. (Members were encouraged to register promptly.) A fundraiser of the Foundation will be teams in the Chicago Marathon and other runs. The foundation will offer grant management.

Peter Cassel of Antheus Capital/MAC Properties presented and answered questions about a 24 story residential and (they prefer) hotel building starting to go forward at the north edge of the park. They are working to mitigate parking and traffic effects. There might be more park visitors. Members said they would let the developer know any ways it might help improve the park.

Wooded Island. Jerry Levy and McCurry showed pictures of the temporary wooden bridge for bringing the heavy equipment onto the island. Queried- a similar temporary bridge at the Darrow bridge.

Business. Vandervoort moved to appropriate up to $50 for park kids needs. 2nd and approved.
Moved and approved an upcoming Photo Contest with prizes, likewise up to $150 for table covers.
Discussed: applying for local grants for an informational/welcoming sign on the west/nw side of the park.
Fundraising and membership are growing and planning. Membership committee will meet after the meeting.

Moved to adjourn. Next meeting will be Monday, March 9, 7 pm at the fieldhouse.

Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

LIBRARY. JAN 12 DISC Q&A, STORY: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ObamaPLibrary.htm.
Official Foundation site: obamapresidentialfoundation.org: U of C bid site: http://www.oplsouthside.org.
Project 120: http://www.project120chicago.org (NEW MATERIAL)
Army Corps project: http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/JacksonPark.aspx.

March 13, Fri., 10 am- annual wreath toss, speeches at Darrow br. and lecture ff in the Museum.
Bird walks by Audubon ongoing Weds at 7:15, Sats at 8 from Darrow br. south of the MSI pond.

Nature Photography Class and Contest- starts with class at Darrow Bridge April 4 9 am. Ages 10-18.