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Jackson Park Advisory Council

J.P.A.C. NEWSLETTER APRIL 2016 Vol. 23 No. 4

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Next meeting and events

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District, Chicago Illinois.
JPAC's fiscal agent is The Chicago 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

Founded in 1983

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.
Protecting Nature, Preserving History, Promoting Recreation"

Next meeting: MONDAY MAY 9, 2016 7p.m.
JP fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
Guest presentation by U of C Community Acclerator Gamma Delta Team One- media development
Minutes & Finances
Old & New bus, Announcements, adjourn

UPDATED- April 30, Saturday, 2 pm. Dr. Kendall Brown speaks on "Japanese Landscapes in America- Then and Now" at Montgomery Place, 5550 S. South Shore Dr. Space is extremely limited rsvp at once to info@project120chicago.org. The progam will also include a brief discussion of a pilot for fitness walks in the Garden of the Phoenix area, by CPD garden expert Karen Szyjka.

UPDATE- THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL AND CLOSED. May 1, Sunday, 2 pm lecture-presentation followed at 3:30 by visit to the Japanese Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park.
"In the Garden of the Phoenix: The Shoji Osato Story." Robert W. Karr presents the story of Chicago's connections with Japan including the Columbian Exposition and its Phoenix Pavilion on Wooded Island and the Osato family that managed the pavilion in the 1930s and underwent interment in Kenwood. Sono Osato became a world famous ballet and musical dancer and Timothy Osato served in the Army in WWII. The story continues through the Osaka Japanese Garden to new cherry groves and Yoko Ono's soon-to-open Sky Landing where the Phoenix Temple stood.
Program takes place in the Museum of Science and Industry's Little Theater and concludes with a walk through the cherry groves and the Japanese Garden on Wooded Island. RSVP and information at info@project120chicago.org. Sponsored by Chicago Park District, Project 120, Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, Jackson Park Advisory Council, Japanese American Service Committee, and Japanese American Historical Society.

May 14, Saturday, 9 am-noon. 2nd Saturdays Bobolink Meadow workday. Visit http://bluestem.info/bobolink and contact parrybell@ameritech.net. Note, a footrace (not large) is expected- Jackson Park Classic in and around the park.

May 14, Saturday, 8 am-noon? Migratory Bird Treaty Day. A noted biology teacher will lead the program including an early and maybe later tour through Bobolink Meadow and Woods. Our Bobolink stewards will lead a bird-friendly planting in Bobolink. There will be birdhouse making and more and talks in the Music Court southeast of the Museum.
You can also take a self-guided tour of Wooded Island between 10 and 2 (from the Island south entrance).


[Added] Next workday May 21, Saturday, 1-3 pm at La Rabida Hospital trails, mulching et al.

May 27, Friday, c6 + pm. Join us in the fieldhouse for a citywide Faith in Action program, giving kids an alternative to the streets on the start of this traditionally problematic holiday weekend-- meet and celebrate the park's youth including winning teams and the Windy City Hoops bb program. Watch games with parents if you like!

June 18, Saturday, 10 am-2 pm. It's Your Park Day- Chicago Parks Foundation. Save the day for a cleanup and more, as well as the Wooded Island activities. Note, a Hunger walk is expected that day in the park.

July 18. Chicago Parks Foundation Golf Outing in Jackson Park. chicagoparksfoundation.org.

NEW SCHEDULE FOR WOODED ISLAND OPEN DAYS, HOURS (updated Jan 6 2016) Flyer Next tour after April 23 uncertain.

2nd Sat of Month
time-10-2 )
self guided tours with Lauren Umek and Jerry Levy there for questions

4th Sat of Month
10-2 -tour 10-12 with Island staying open until 2 subject to change Guided tours with Lauren Umek and may include on the history and World's Columbian Exposition on Jackson Park

Tours start from the south gate. (Parking is available.) Because this is a construction area, access and visitation must be under park district supervision, with voucher sign in and out. Your patience is appreciated. Inquiry and questions can be addressed to Lauren.Umek@chicagoparkdistrict.com or Jerry Levy at sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.

CONTENTS p1 (Frontpage) About/announcements (see above and in pdf version)
p2-3 Minutes
p 3-4 Announcements and feature
Flyer attached for May 1- (see in pdf version of newsletter) See by itself. NOTE THE FLYER FOR MAY 1 IS DELETED - PROGRAM FULL.

>>> 2016 MEMBERSHIP/GIFTS - Mail checks made out to JPAC to JPAC C/O Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella 60649. or bring to the meeting. We hope online will be restored soon. Basic level: $35. (Fiscal agent Chicago Parks Foundation, a 501c3.)<<<


Official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org
JPAC'S lively FACEBOOK PAGE- (please like us) https://www.facebook.com/JacksonParkAdvisoryCouncil/.

Alt. Home, and links: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html
Files (index)- http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/
Newsletters (index)- http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters/
May Newsletter pdf by itself- http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters/May2016.pdf
Keep current + news details: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/jpnewsbuls.htm
ACE Wooded I- news and links-http://hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ace2014.htm
JPAC’s Obama Library Ctr-http://hydepark.org/parks/jpac/ObamaPLibrary.htm
Obama Presidential Foundation: http://www.barackobamafoundtion.org
Project 120: Project120Chicago.org, gardenofthephoenix.org
Bobolink website: http://bluestem.info/bobolink/
Friends of the White City: http://www.friendsofthewhitecity.org

GET THE NEWSLETTER ELECTRONICALLY-send your email to Gary Ossewaarde.

Louise McCurry, President
Anne Marie Miles, VP
Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary and Newsletter editor
Dwight Powell, Treasurer
Jake Young, Cherry Theard-
at-large:membership, web/media

JPAC meets monthly 2nd Mondays, 2/8 (cancelled), 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10
$35 per person. Opp levels $100, $250, $500…
TO JPAC c/o Dwight Powell, 7206 S. Luella, Chicago, IL 60649. Or in the website.


President Louise McCurry 773 844-2225 commissioner751@comcast.net

Gary Ossewaarde (Sec., mtgs., Newsletter, mail/membership
1765 E. 55th St. B6 Chicago, IL 60615. 773 947-9541 garyossewaarde@yahoo.com

Dwight Powell (Treas.) 7206 S.
Luella, 60649 773 288-4943. dwightpowell216@yahoo.com

Jerry Levy (Wooded I steward)
Norm Bell/Gail Parry (Bobolink stewards)

Chicago Park District-
Bobbie Beckam 773 256-0903 bobbie.beckam@chicagoparkdistrict.com
Region mgr Maya Solis and office
312 747-7661
Area Manager Farah Tunks- farah.tunks@chicagoparkdistrict.com,
312 828-2792


Louise McCurry called the meeting to order at 7 p.m., a quorum of members and total of 30 present. McCurry distributed the agenda. Select attendees gave introductions of who they are and their interest in the park.

Forrest Cortes and Kathleen Soler, CPD, described and took questions on the Park District Natural Areas and stewardship and the Nature Play Space and natural materials initiatives. CPD has about 60 natural areas (including in Jackson Park) spread throughout the city and expects to establish more in coming years. Natural areas promote biodiversity, house wildlife, heal the environment, provide erosion control, and serve humans in many ways. CPD has a large corps of trained volunteers working under site stewards, but more of both are needed. This work includes planting, controlling invasives, serving as ambassadors conducting tours and activities including for school groups, and participating in planning. How can a PAC help? ID potential sites and plan the natural areas, drawing upon public input on how people will use and maintain the area. Recruit volunteers and allies; recruit stewards (without whom there are no workdays!). Help with supplies et al.
Re: Nature Play Spaces and natural play materials. Several parks are experimenting with such spaces, which can be adjacent to existing natural areas but do not need to be. The focus can range from getting kids in touch with nature and the outdoors in safe spaces to letting kids play on logs and other natural materials or create their own paths, or providing outdoor environmental education and intergenerational activities. Studies have shown important developmental and social gains for kids who play in such spaces and engage natural materials. The steps for PACs and neighbors include ID of spaces with the Park District (light and safety are important criteria), build a set of stakeholders and decide what you want, hold community meetings, get a cost estimate (costs can be very low), and raise funds. Use all of these for community building.

Volunteers are needed. Louise McCurry described final details for our Earth Day participation April 23 that includes two beach cleans, mulching the Wooded Island trail, and a bike clinic.

May 14 8 a.m. noon. This day is the designated International Migratory Bird Day. McCurry has lined up experts, bird and ecology-management groups, businesses including Office Depot, scouts and more for nature walks including bird-siting logs, demonstrations, bird house making, nature photography classes and launch of our spring photo contest (birds the focus), and a planting in Bobolink Meadow. The activities would be in Bobolink and the Music Court southeast of the Museum. General support was expressed
June 18 It’s Your Park Day activities citywide and in Jackson Park.

ob Karr of Project 120 distributed flyers and invited JPAC to attend and for promote a program May 1 at 2 in Museum of Science and Industry followed at 3:30 by a tour of the Japanese Garden of the Phoenix on Wooded Island.“In the Garden of the Phoenix: The Shoji Osato Story.” See attached Flyer. Attendees are asked to RSVP at info@project120chicago.org. Strong interest was expressed in promoting this program. Karr also noted that April 30 2-4 p.m. Dr. Kendall Brown will give a talk at Montgomery Place on Japanese Landscapes in America- Then and Now. In answer to questions, Karr said that the project120chicago.org website has an interactive survey and new sections on the Garden and on “South Parks- Our American Story. Dwight Powell added that Americans need to understand that the country is multi-cultural—many contribute, and we need to appreciate one another. He said we ought to be upset when people don’t know about diverse contributions from the South Side and in Jackson Park and still say they are afraid to come to Jackson Park.
Karr also said Yoko Ono’s Sky Landing be installed this summer, with opening and dedication fall 2016.

Park and Program. Bobbie Beckam, Jackson Park Supervisor, introduced our new Area Manager, Farah Tunks. Beckam said there is a new citywide grant for tennis court rehabilitation. He has put in for rehabilitation of courts near the fieldhouse where our tennis ace can train our teams. Members moved support—approved while noting that some of our other courts are also in poor shape. Beach volleyball is among additions to a strong summer camp program. Summer camp costs $252 (half price to those in the schools’ free lunch program). No child is turned away. Schedule is posted in the fieldhouse.

Regular business: Treasurer Dwight Powell reported $5,004.65 in our consolidated account at MB Bank.
Minutes of the March meeting were moved by Fran Vandervoort, seconded by Esther Schechter, approved.

New business and information. Members of Bleuden Mentoring announced their launch party and that they want to work with the park and JPAC. They thanked JPAC for help seeking improvements along 67th St.

JPAC is working with a coalition for a green, healthy, and safe Woodlawn to start and mentor PACs and plant trees in parks in Woodlawn. There have been joint meetings with CAPS and the Ministerial Association there.

Bobolink had a (cold!) workday April 9 with 20 students from Gary Comer Prep. April 28 and 29 teachers who work with Museum of Science and Industry will plant various Milkweed varieties for monarchs in Bobolink.

Wooded Island- April 23 will see a tour as well as a workday re-mulching the trail through the Island. Jerry Levy said access through the south gate-only has encouraged many to see the whole island, not just the Garden. and access is restored both ways.

McCurry said that the on the just-passed cold and snowy weekend, many workday project persons, youth soccer, and groups of visitors to the park sorely needed year-round bathrooms and shelters, including to get a bit to eat or have an orientation. Current facilities have a short open season and sometimes hours. Some former facilities are in disrepair and permanently closed or were demolished or burned down in the past.

Lanita Ross of the 5th Ward Office reported on ward and city doings, including One Summer youth jobs (application deadline May 15) and a new Jackson Park 5-K Classic May 14 to raise funds for athletic training camps and for beautification projects in 7 communities. Roberta Siegel expressed thanks that Alderman Hairston introduced an ordinance to replace the current police oversight board. She also suggested that JPAC sell bike bells on the Lakefront Trail to raise money and promote safety—members wish to explore this.
Jake Young praised the PBS program on 10 Parks that Changed America, including Olmsted’s South Parks.

Moved to adjourn. Next meeting May 9, 7 p.m. at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary

Thanks to all who participated in the April 23 Earth Day activities at the beaches and on Wooded Island. Among regulars collecting and sorting trash were Jocelyn Floyd, Louise McCurry, Brenda Nelms, Gary Ossewaarde, and a team from Venicom Energy. Afternoon saw a cleanup and a bike clinic by Blackstone Bicycle at 57th St. beach. We thank Alliance for the Great Lakes and Friends of the Parks. On Wooded Island- many, many volunteers plus a team from Goose Island Brewery mulched all of the interior trail (good mulch from CPD). Lauren Umek gave a very well attended update and nature tour. The action plus interviews were videotaped for CPD’s TV program. Regulars working included Margaret Schmid, who works regularly with William Coons, Japanese Garden landscaper. Thanks for publicity and organizing by CPD, Parks Foundation.


Frances S. Vandervoort, JPAC Nature Trail Committee Chair and former Vice President, was among three persons honored for their nature stewardship service by the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners at their April 12 2016 meeting. Fran earned advanced degrees in biology and taught the subject many years in Chicago high schools, using the parks for field trips. Fran also worked on environmental improvements and cleanup in our area parks and with neighborhood organizations, including most recently along the railroad embankments in Midway Plaisance and as vice president of the New Stout Park PAC. She also advised on an exhibit at Crerar Library on Dr. Charles Otis Whitman, a founder of the UC Zoology Dept. and of Wood Hole Oceanographic Institute- his research included the Passenger Pigeon. She is an active board member of the Hyde Park Historical Society, editing its Newsletter. 2013, Fran received JPAC’s first Golden Lady Award.

In Jackson Park, Fran recently led development of informational and question-and-activity-based material for children and adults to use along our nature trails. These were made available from a kiosk at the north end of Wooded Island and is online in our website. Our nature trail through Wooded Island and around the south side of the lagoons (with new overlooks) and into the Bobolink Meadow trail will open this spring when the fences come down. In conjunction with a new nationwide innovative program for nature trails, our nature trail team and our media/technology committee chaired by Jake Young are developing new ways to take an interactive tour along our trails, including using apps. Watch for announcement. 3



Alderman Hairston announced at her April ward meeting that has asked the Chicago Park District to convene
community review process on Project 120 ideas and set up a timeline for proposal fact-finding, tracking and
review. (Ed. Note-There has already been considerable preliminary public discussion of proposals, including at
JPAC open meetings and the ongoing CPD South Parks Framework Plan meetings. The process will now be
more regularized and focused.)

PARK. At the Bowling Green southeast of the Museum of Science and Industry. Parking is available- access
via Science Drive/58th and veer left.

Lawn Bowling and Croquet
May 22- lawn bowling Opening Day 12:45. Go to lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.
May 28- croquet matches midday
June 11- croquet tournament

Don’t forget we are looking for you for our MIGRATORY BIRD DAY PROGRAM MAY 14 8-NOON.
Bring your binoculars and a camera for the nature photography class and walk with Spencer Bibbs (9 and 11)
from the Music Court south through Bobolink Meadow—its’ the start of our 2016 month-long photography
contest—focus on birds.
And learn to ID birds (there’s been a lot of that lately in local blogs) on our expert walks from the Music Court
through Bobolink. And don’t’ forget Wooded Island will be open 10-2 from the south end.
Best to park in the Columbia Drive lot accessed from Science Drive/58th. Alternative is the Golf Driving Range
lot by Bobolink Meadow. – Be aware that early in the day a 5K Jackson Park race will be going on, based at
63rs and Cornell, to raise funds for beautification projects in the surrounding neighborhoods.