Welcome to the November 2013 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online
Visit JPAC's new 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- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (archive section Hyde Park Record) website of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (owner, email@example.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.
Louise McCurry convened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. at LaRabida Children’s Hospital. A pre-meeting toast was held at the roundabout at the end of the Promontory Circle Drive and the Harbor entrance, to the 120th anniversary and Chicago Day at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
The meeting was convened
and agenda introduced by McCurry in the hospital’s library, with 13
in attendance including two prospective new members (welcomed). The council
expressed its appreciation for the Hospital’s hosting JPAC, the fieldhouse
being closed for the Columbus holiday.
President McCurry introduced and welcomed Jackson Park’s new Supervisor, Bobbie Beckam, who has served the Park District in supervisory and other capacities for at least two decades. Congratulations!
The September minutes were accepted with correction that Dr. Anne Ridgeway’s name was given incorrectly. McCurry showed a plaque that was to given to Dr. Ridgeway of Walgreen’s at 71st and Jeffery (who could not attend) in appreciation of her generous donation of filled back-to-school backpacks for the children of the park’s summer camp.
Treasurer Dwight Powell reported the latest statement showed our treasury increased from $4,156.14 to $4,176.14. Dues payments for 2014 would be helpful at this time and can be sent JPAC care of him at 7206 S. Luella, Chicago, IL 60649. The Secretary will add a reminder to members in the next mailing or e-newsletter.
Wooded Island. Jerry Levy reported on a very successful workday with about 80 volunteers from University of Chicago, Roosevelt, and Loyola who enthusiastically embraced the work of giving nature a helping hand. The main task was to ID and put protection around 120 or so volunteer oak saplings (self-started from acorns) that have come up since toxic invasives were cleared and the sun now reaches the ground. There has been a notable decline in oak reproduction nationally, Levy noted. It will be a long time before the surviving saplings are mature trees—so this is work done for the future. Levy hopes to complete the work for this season on October 26 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A workday is also expected in November (conditions permitting), November 23.
Bobolink Meadow. Norm Bell and Gail Perry reported an exciting Conservation and Native Landscaping award to Bobolink from the Chicago Wilderness Consortium. The Bobolink group also received positive comments on the archive it posted in August, and is preparing a 3-fold brochure to put onsite in an enclosed box like that for Wooded Island. Oak saplings were also ID’d and given protection in Bobolink Woods. In September, and October, honor students from Kennedy-King College and other schools worked removing invasives—and really seemed to enjoy the work. November 9 workday will include the new trail below.
The trail connector around the south end of the East Lagoon, connecting the Wooded Island trails from the south end of the south bridge with the Bobolink trails, was approved by the Park District. There will be a workday November 9 morning to spread wood chips on the trail. (E-announcement will be sent.)
Noted: workdays scheduled for November for other spots Include November 2-- the Music Court and November 16-- 59th tennis courts/golf driving range fence. (2 tennis groups and the pickleball players use the courts but the area feels cut off and unsafe; the work should alleviate that).
McCurry announced a JPAC delegation including Ray Johnson (who could not attend tonight) of Friends of the White City was shown prints of the Columbian Exposition from photographs taken by the renowned William Henry Jackson and that would be suitable for display in the fieldhouse cases (in Nancy Hays Gallery?) and used to show the public, especially children, the heritage of the park. McCurry moved, Powell seconded, and the council approved $220 for purchase of the most instructive and revealing of these. We were told that Mr. Johnson expects to publish an article on La Rabida at the Fair and in the park. Also, Field Museum (Roosevelt Rd. at Lake Shore Drive), opens to the public on October 25 an exhibit from its archives on the Fair.
The ChicagoPlays! Dickerson Playlot replacement at 56th and Stony Island hosted a community workday spreading the “fibar” surface, and was since opened to the public--it is a busy place! It has a variety of features that encourage children 5 to 12 to develop their motor skills. Community groups, Alderman Hairston, and JPAC applied and competed for the playgrounds available this year, and selected equipment. The contractor was praised as excellent. A public dedication will be announced. An adjacent playground, Chrysalis, for tots, and the larger playground at the fieldhouse are next. The lots we selected were the most used and in need.
Park fieldhouse, fields, and park. Moved, 2nded and approved to spend up to $50 for candy and buy 4 k trophy turkeys for the Halloween and Thanksgiving Turkey Trot events.
Powell brought up the need to activate a program for sailboat and swimming training for youth—money is available and we want it used here.
Park Kids is back for the winter. Programs include a DJ teen club. Desired by the district and JPAC are an increase in “life sports” out in the park itself-- such as tennis and golf for youth as well as adults. Creation and enforcement of a schedule for fields and courts is high priority, made cooperatively by the teams that should be pre-scheduling and paying fees. Expected is that some of the income would be used in and for the park. JPAC will help in ramping up a sports committee of the various stakeholders.
Another objective suggested for the park and JPAC is bringing in more education for schools, especially 7th and 8th graders. A family nature walk—Mom, Dad, and Me—was scheduled for October 26 at 1 p.m.
Noted was that break-ins frequently occur at structures and facilities in the winter—how can this be anticipated and prevented? Discussion of the value of “people in the park” led to a consensus to have contests for families and youth take winter photos and to hang the pictures in the Hays Photo Gallery.
Barry Rapoport announced that a DVD of the 2009 dedication of the Frederick Douglass-Haiti exhibit monument is available. Contact the secretary if interested.
The meeting was adjourned at 9 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary
Kudos to Kirby Puckett Baseball League for taking post-sale books from the Hyde Park Used Book Sale.
THE NOVEMBER 11 MEETING WILL BE AT LA RABIDA HOSPITAL 6501 Prom. Circle Dr. (Vet’s. Day.)
ELECTIONS ARE SCHEDULED. THE OFFICES ARE PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, SECRETARY, AND TREASURER. Committees will be reconstituted. WE NEED YOU! Dues can be brought, too--see front page.
NOVEMBER 2, Saturday, 1 pm. Music Court cleanup. Meet at Darrow Bridge.
NOVEMER 9, Saturday, 9 am. Bobolink Meadow Workday will be combined with spreading wood chips on the marked-off extension of the Bobolink trails westward around the south end of the lagoon to the Wooded Island south bridge—meet as designated by Norm Bell, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOVEMBER 16, Saturday, 9 am-noon. Cleanup and clearing at the 59th tennis courts and adj. fence of the Driving Range. Contact Louise McCurry at 773 844-2225 for meeting place and directions.
NOVEMBER 23, Saturday. 10 am. Wooded Island workday- perhaps last of the season. Contact Jerry Levy at email@example.com. Meet at Darrow Bridge south of MSI pond.
Watch the kids and teams compete for turkeys and trophies in the Jackson Park Turkey Trot November 19, Tuesday late afternoon. Call the fieldhouse 773 256-0903 for details, also re: reg. winter programs.
Bird walks on Wooded Island every Wednesday at 7/7:15 and Saturday at 8. Meet at Darrow Bridge.
Check with FriendsoftheWhiteCity@gmail.com for the next tour of the 1893 Fair grounds.
Open-Field Museum exhibit on the 1893 Fair.
Friends of the Parks volunteer recognition program is on Nov. 10-www.fotp.org.