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

Volume 22, No. 5, May 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.

May 11 meeting agenda.
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 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 MAY 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-

May 11, Tuesday, 7 pm. Council meeting at the fieldhouse.

May 17, Sunday, 1-4 pm. SUNDAE IN THE PARK WITH JPAC gala benefit ICE CREAM SOCIAL- music, silent auction and raffle, refreshments, kids and family activities, life-hitory-and natureinformation tables and more. $15 individual, $25 family. South Shore Cultural Center Solarium, 7059 South Shore Drive. Come support our programs including "No Child Left Inside." Info 773 357-7617, JPACChicago@gmail.com.

May 17, Sunday, 1 pm. Lawn Bowling Opening Day. Please wear flat soled shoes. The Bowling Green is just south(east) of the Museum of Science and Industry. Turn off Lake Shore Drive at Scienc Drive (5800 S.), goleft pasdt teh 59th Harbor entrance t teh Bowling Green driveway. http://lakesidebowling.webs.com.

May 30, Saturday, 9:30 -11:30 am. Big Things for Little Parks- an all city workhop with 4 parks reporting. Elm Park, 5215 S. Woodlawn. Rain location Nichols fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St.

May 30, Saturday, 10 am. Lauren Umek, CPD project manager of the ACE project will conduct a walkthough tour and discussion on Wooded Island. Meet at the south bridge to the Island.

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

May 11 , Monday, 7 pm Council Meeting at fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony I.

Watch for updated agenda. Tentative:
Call to order, agenda adjustments, GUESTS if any.
Minutes, financial,
Nomination and election to fill 2 non officer board positions.
Reports, including Army Corps project update
MAJOR JPAC initiative UPDATES! including ICE CREAM SOCIAL Fundraiser May 17
ew/ old business. Adjourn

LATE ADDITION TO THE AGENDA: Art and architecture students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and their teachers will give a brief report on their projects re-imagining the Iowa Building. Discussion follows.

[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.]

SUNDAE IN THE PARK WITH JPAC fundraiser, Sunday MAY 17 1-4 pm
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive. $15 individual, $25 family
Silent auction, raffle, door prizes, live music, Kids’ activities, about JP & SSCC history and nature.
SUPPORT KIDS PROGRAMS- Make a difference this summer! INFO 773 357-7617, JPACChicago@gmail.com.

APRIL 13 2015 council meeting minutes

The meeting was preceded by announcement of the winners of JPAC’s Youth Nature Photography Contest: Julia Jovorka 1st, Melodia Shaw 2nd, and Ava Hunter 3rd. The pictures are on display in the Nancy Hays Gallery right room as you enter the fieldhouse.

Louise McCurry opened the meeting and took adjustments to the agenda at 7 p.m. at the fieldhouse, a quorum being present. Introductions were made including member George Rotramel and visitor Ava Butler. Minutes of the March meeting were moved by Jerry Levy, 2nd Fran Vandervoort and approved.

Treasurer Dwight Powell reported a balance of $4,771.85. We are transitioning accounts and completing paper work with our new fiscal agent, Chicago Parks Foundation.

President’s Report. Re-visioning the Iowa Building is a project at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The class is scheduled to present on May 8, 1 p.m. Call Louise for details.
JPAC president McCurry spoke and gave update on the Darrow Bridge at the annual Clarence Darrow memorial wreath toss and lecture March 13. (The bridge is now firmly closed until reconstruction begins, possibly 2017.) The program at the bridge was followed by a walk through of Wooded Island with project manager Lauren Umek-- the Island now at the end of the heavy removal phase-- regarding what’s next. Ms. Umek arranged a similar walk through the public March 21, and offers for others on an ask basis and contingent on access and safety. The island is expected to be closed off for several months through this summer. The closure requires postponement of some workdays.
JPAC continues to help neighbors set up PACs for parks in the area, arrange a suite of Earth Day cleanups—there is a great HP area parks t-shirt, and attend area wide planning meetings.
McCurry reported on the highly successful PACs are Gold Conference at Truman College March 29, attended by over 300 from across the city, including several JPAC members. JPAC members helped plan the Conference, gave breakout classes with great powerpoints, and had admired poster stations led by Fran Vandervoort and Ray Johnson. Separately, JPAC participates in planning web/social media and communications expansion with the Chicago Parks Foundation.
Spencer Bibbs was commended for teaching the Photography Class April 4 and recruiting expert judges.
Brookfield Zoo community groups were commended for participation in JPAC events and workdays.
WITS reading to kids will return, with training starting in May.

JPAC acknowledges a generous contribution from Peter McCarthy. We are gathering many gifts and certificates from generous businesses and organizations for the May 17 Sundae in the Park JPAC fundraiser-- TO VOLUNTEER CALL FRAN OR LOUISE. Summer programs and a membership drive are on the horizon.

Placed on the agenda for the next meeting (May 11, Monday, 7 p.m.): Nomination and election of two additional board members to chair membership and fundraising. Moved to adjourn- Dwight Powell.
Respectfully submitted, Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary.

PRES. LIBRARY incl. JAN 12 DISC, Q&A, http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ObamaPLibrary.htm.
Official Foundation site: obamapresidentialfoundation.org. U of C bid site: http://www.oplsouthside.org.
ARMY CORPS project: http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/JacksonPark.aspx.
NEW SHORT SITE: 1.usa.gov/ICLOcCj. Update papers by Lauren Umek and Jerry Levy+ more info: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ace2014.htm. Project 120: http://www.project120chicago.org.