Welcome to the May 2009 issue of the J.P.A.C. Newsletter online. Vol. 16, No. 5

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a body recognized by the Chicago Park District

Editor Gary M. Ossewaarde.
Officers Ross Petersen, President; Fran Vandervoort, Vice President; Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary; Dwight Powell, Treasurer

Sited in http:/www.hydepark.org, owned by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Web administrator George W. Rumsey,
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Minutes of the April 13 2009 council meeting

Ross Petersen convened the meeting at 7:30 pm, a quorum being present.

Minutes of the March meeting were approved with correction that the referenced Wooded Island plantings were done the previous autumn.
Nature Committee. Petersen reported a great workday April 11 with 22 volunteers. Improved announcement signage is in process. (Fran Vandervoort and Madiem Kawa offered to create a brochure describing and promoting workdays for the natural areas.) Fran announced an April 25 lecture by Chicago region naturalist and author Joel Greenberg, at the Hyde Park Historical Society. Rosalind Moore of the 5th Ward Office showed a packet from the Corps of Engineers on a proposed shoreline dune restoration and natural area project for near the 63rd Street Beach. Concepts may be examined at the next meeting. Petersen described experience with aggressive and off-leash dogs on Wooded Island and concern that there may be insufficient policing.

Arnold Randall, Chicago 2016 Neighborhood Legacies director. Arnold gave an overview of current Olympic plans and timelines. The park will host field hockey across from Hyde Park Academy. There at present are the NFL funded running track and a ball field, between about 61st and 63rd and between Stony Island and Cornell Dr. Olympics would host two artificial-surface playing fields with stands. One of the fields may remain as a permanent legacy should the neighborhood prefer, and the track fields would be restored as neighbors wish. The historic comfort station between the proposed hockey fields would be fixed up and restored. Work would begin at the end of 2014 and include extensive testing. Streets and arterials including Stony, Cornell, and Lake Shore Drive would be affected only during the time of the games. The Drive may well have lane closures as athletes, staff etc. would enter the playing area from there via 63rd/Hayes Dr. Spectators will enter via Cornell Dr. Reconstruction will be completed in 2017. (Visit details, bid etc. via http://www.Chicago2016.org.)

Randall insisted all would come in by shuttle—no autos allowed, and permit parking will be used for residents in surrounding neighborhoods. At most there will be c22,000 athletes, spectators and support in the area at any one time. The traffic plan will be refined once the bid is won. Further improvements such as to transit were suggested to be responsibility possibly of the neighborhood enhancements foundation using the Olympics as a catalyst. Randall said the communities outreach committee, with 5 subcommittees, has been greatly expanded and will hold a large number of meetings including a series of c. approximately monthly meetings examining Washington Park’s future and legacies. Randall answered a great many questions and was thanked by the council, including for move of the venue to a location with reduced impact, especially on sensitive natural areas.

Park and Program, new and old business. Mr. Hammond, one of the instructors described the wide variety of sports programs this spring and coming this summer (registration in late April), able to work with small groups, have teams in playoffs, and have open gym. He reported that instructor Ken Cheney’s wife passed away. Kevin York expressed his desire to see a little league facility in the area.

Barry Rapoport said his monument group was meeting with the contractor in preparation for installation and the May 15 dedication program.
It was decided to continue to address bylaws at the May 11 meeting. This meeting was then adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Gary Ossewaarde
Secretary


VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS- Maintain a healthy habitat and oak savanna on Wooded Island: remove non-native, invasive plants and tend recent plantings. 10-1 on 2nd and 4th Saturdays through November. Meet at 10 am at the Darrow Bridge south of the Museum. Ross-773 486-0505, CPD at 312 742-4072.

BIRD WALKS. Doug Anderson is not able to lead walks at present, but they continue with experienced birders, Weds. at 7, Sats. at 8 from the Darrow Bridge.

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MAY 15 FREDERICK DOUGLASS MONUMENT

Frederick Douglass Commemorative Marker Dedication in Jackson Park
Noon, May 15, 2009

Where: Jackson Park, South of the Bowling Green
Exit S. Lake Shore Drive at the Science Drive signal, 5800 South. Park southeast of the Museum
and walk southeast past the bowling green toward the boat basin.

Why: To honor the contributions of Frederick Douglass, former slave and abolitionist. As Minister in charge of the Haitian Pavilion at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, he celebrated Haitian Independence Day and the completion of the Fair’s first pavilion on this site.

Program Highlights:

• JROTC Honor Guard, School of Leadership/ South Shore Campus
• Father Carl Markelz, Principal, Mt. Carmel High School
• Robert Pickens, Chicago Park District Commissioner
• Leslie A. Hairston, Alderman 5th Ward
• Charles Branham, Ph.D., history teacher University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
• Frances Vandervoort, Vice President, Jackson Park Advisory Council
• Monica Vela, M.D., Assistant Professor, Assoc. Vice-Chair for Diversity, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
• John Tredon, Violinist
• Hooked On Drums-Youth African Drumming Ensemble

Free and open to the public. Rain date May 16