Welcome to the November 2009 J.P.A.C Newsletter on line

Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District.
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Editor: Gary Ossewaarde

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JPAC Ross Petersen, President, 773 486-0505

Jackson Park Advisory Council meets monthly 2nd Mondays at the park fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

Contents:

Frontpage. Not available. November 9, 2009 meeting agenda, contents, announcements, vitae and contacts

November 9 2009 agenda. The meeting will open at 7:30 pm at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island

Agenda adjustments, minutes
Guests- Shawn Kingzette of Care of Trees, any others- Consideration of Care of Trees proposal, appropriations therewith, advisory public walkthrough schedule
Nature committee incl. Management Plan status
Park and program
Other reports and business, announcement of upcoming nominations and elections, bylaw consideration
Adjournment

Announcements

Wooded I workdays: Nov. 14, 28-10-1, Darrow Br. 773 486-0505
63RD BEACH PLANTING- SEE IN MINUTES ON OTHER SIDE, MUST PREREGISTER with Becky Schillo, 312 742-4072
Park District final budget hearing; classes-visit CPD website
Wooded I Bird Walks continue informally- Sats. 7 am, Darrow bridge

Contents

November 9 agenda, announcemens
Wooded Island opportunity and votes
October meeting minutes

Appended notice on important meeting November 9

The Advisory Council has received a very generous funding offer from Care of Trees, approved by the Chicago Park District Dept. of Natural Resources, for this winter to clear dead and storm-downed material and plants choking damaged oaks on Wooded Island, particularly at the south end. Action, including a significant appropriation is needed from the Council at the Nov. 9 meeting to realize this special opportunity. The project will be presented and an approval-in-general and appropriation vote taken, and a public scope of work advisory walk through will be announced. Please attend.

Jackson Park Advisory Council October 13 2009 Minutes

Ross Petersen convened the meeting at 7:30 pm. The minutes of the September meeting were accepted.

Nature Committee report. Ross Petersen described purpose and parameters of a walkthrough of Wooded Island planned for the following day with the park district and Wooded Island Working Group. This had been publicly announced.

Highly successful workdays were held in Wooded Island since the last meeting, also the University of Chicago Community Service Center coordinated one of its student service days projects September 28 at 63rd St. Beach. Appreciation was expressed. Among work underway on Wooded Island is planting of shrubs by Sanchez Co. in accord with the approved management plan. The nature committee seeks to ensure in general that plantings are balanced in species and look natural rather than like a row garden. The map of planned phasing by years, and where we are in restoration were reviewed, also where work by volunteers ends and that of professional companies takes over in terms of size or thickness of plants. The next volunteer service day is October 24 focusing on the “Rose Garden” in Wooded Island, then November 14.

November 14 there will be an extra PD project at 63rd St. Beach planting dune marram grass. All interested must preregister now for the 14th (and for training/orientation) so the right amount of grass can be ordered, with Becky Schillo, Natural Areas Volunteer Coordinator, 773 742-4072. We appreciate involvement by University of Chicago.

Fran Vandervoort and Ross Petersen announced exploratory planning for a nature expert and scientists speakers program for the general and naturalist-interest communities, starting in the new year. Consensus was to proceed.

Aldermanic interest. Rosalind Moore, aide to Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) presented community consensus streetscape plans for 71st Street in the next two years, starting with South Shore to Jeffery, and noted that volunteers may be needed for garden/landscape upkeep in addition to any firm hired. 71st is a project already committed to despite Olympic bid loss. The alderman is interested in keeping as many projects as possible going and as much energy as possible focused on improvements in the neighborhood and parks. It’s important to keep expanding things for people to do and giving visitors reasons and destinations to visit in neighborhoods. Petersen noted that some sports surface improvements had been under consideration as part of Olympic planning; this should remain a possibility, as well as expanded fieldhouse space.

Park and Program. William Tillis, Jackson Park Supervisor, thanked JPAC for turkeys for the upcoming Turkey Trot race. Football and cheerleading programs are full with over 120. He noted that different sports and programs are being emphasized at different fieldhouses. Haunted House will be at the 63rd St. Beach Pavilion October 22, 23, 24 and 29 and 30, from 6:30 pm. At a modest fee, this is an area-wide fundraiser.

Old and New Business. There was extensive pruning done this year throughout the park including Osaka Garden and the areas around Hayes Drive, for which the council was appreciative. Members brought up damage caused by bicyclists speeding in the park and riding in inappropriate places like inside Osaka Garden. Frances Vandervoort and Gary Ossewaarde reported they attended a Friends of Osaka Garden walkthrough of ideas for repairs, restoration and upkeep. More information and possibly a presentation will come later.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. Next meeting Nov. 9, Monday, 7:30 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary