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Visit JPAC's official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Find 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.

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

Editor Gary Ossewaarde, JPAC Secretary. Hosted by hydepark.org, website of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (owner, hpkcc@aol.com) by Dot Easy and OnShore Communications

Look for Jackson and other Hyde Park-Kenwood park announcements in the Hyde Park Herald- In the Parks box in the calendar section.

Next meeting Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island 60637


Jackson Park Advisory Council April 13, 2013 Council Minutes

Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m., 10 present.

Minutes of the March meeting were moved by Dwight Powell, 2nded and approved as pre-corrected.

Treasurer’s. Powell noted $4,470.85 in the treasury as of last statement, with more in hand.

JPAC is designated an Earth Day site April 20 afternoon. This day will concentrate on the beaches and stretches between, starting at 57th.
Playgrounds: JPAC is applying for replacement play equipment at specific playgrounds under an accelerated program of the park district, Friends of the Parks, and the safe playgrounds coalition. We will apply regarding northwest corner playlots and possibly by the fieldhouse. Thanks to those who signed the petitions and to Ald. Hairston for her letter of support.

Fran Vandervoort is lead organizer for workshops, starting with May 11, 1-3 Tool Sharpening. Being planned are a Bike Clinic and a Composting workshop. Information will be sent out to those for whom we have emails- and check the council website, http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. We were encouraged to check Friends of the Parks website concerning an energy-saving workshop in July.

Bob Basset gave an update on the Jackson Park Yacht Club and its initiatives. Mr. Basset, a new JPAC member, has a commercial sailing license with 43 years sailing. The most urgent need now is for dredging the harbors so this group of active actual sailors can continue to use these beautiful human-scale harbors. Zebra mussels are another problem, threatening fishing. Safety ladders are needed on the docks, but nothing is happening with “litigation pending.” The club members and the sea scouts have a regular program cleaning in and around the harbors (next workday April 27) and want to partner with JPAC in creating a friendly environment as well as in establishing boating safety training—JPAC offered to help recruit students—a drawback is finding youth who know how to swim or their parents do not know how important that knowledge is. The clubhouse galley is open to the public Sunday mornings in season. Visit: jacksonparkyachtclub.org.

Mr. Basset said he and the club are planning a possible hydroponic community garden in South Shore and would be interested in working with a community garden in Jackson Park, such as is being considered by JPAC between Bobolink and 59th tennis. Noted was that such a garden and Bobolink need a city water source.

Norm Bell reported that extension and improvements are being proposed for Bobolink Meadow (come to the next meeting). Meanwhile 1500 plants are coming, and so are volunteer groups to plant them.

Pictures of the park are going up in JPAC’s room in the fieldhouse

The meeting was adjourned. Next meeting Tuesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. in the fieldhouse. (Mitchell Murdock reports on Ch Pk Distr. initiatives on restoration, historical recognition, and nature. Japanese Garden update.)
Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

April 27, Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wooded Island Workday. Meet at Darrow Bridge. Contact sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.
April 30-May 2 early voting (at 5th Ward Office); May 4 vote- 5TH WARD PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING.
Vote at Gary Comer College Prep, 7131 S. Chicago Ave. 10 am-2 pm.
May 11, Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon. Bobolink Workday. Meet in the Meadow. Contact parrybell@ameritech.net.
May 11, Saturday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. SMALL TOOL SHARPENING WORKSHOP at the fieldhouse. Bring your tools- please, nothing like lawn mowers.
This is hands on, but door prizes! Fran Vandervoort, 773 752-8374.
May 25, Saturday, 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Wooded Island Workday. Darrow Brige. sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.
Bird walks Weds 7 a.m., Sats. 8 a.m. from the Darrow Bridge so of the Museum. With Chicago Audubon.