Welcome to the October 2010 J.P.A.C Newsletter, organ of Jackson Park Advisory Council, Chicago

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory council to the Chicago Park District.

Editor Gary M. Ossewaarde

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October 13, 2010

Jackson Park needs you now

This summer Jackson Park Advisory Council Vice president Fran Vandervoort and this month President Ross Petersen resigned and laid down their considerable responsibilities as officers of JPAC. We want the community to know that they left responsibly and with good will. We are concerned when persons decide to leave, whether out of frustration over park matters or council weaknesses.

The membership will greatly miss both Ross and Fran and greatly appreciates their work on behalf of JPAC and the park. Over 15 years Ross shared or held leadership and twice-monthly gathered volunteers and organizations--despite inevitable and all frustrations--to maintain the natural areas and implement a widely agreed upon plan for healthy habitat in the Wooded Island. This volunteer assistance to the park district and its contractors is necessary to this park. Ways must be found to reconstitute it for the next year.

Our officers past and continuing worked very hard with park’s supervisor, district officers, generous private parties, Friends of the Parks, and elected officials including our alderman-- in the face of numerous increasing challenges and declining budgets in our parks. We believe we can count more successes than disappointments, but now is the time to raise rather than lower the bar.

We thank the many who have joined or contributed to JPAC and/or worked in the park, including the Friends of the Japanese Garden
Jackson Park Advisory Council needs more members, new officers, adoption of new bylaws, and new community input so it can continue to monitor, plan and advise for the park and sponsor needs and projects in the park. This is the path to strengthening the park as an asset to its three neighborhoods and people throughout the South Side. We have been assured by park and elected officials of their concern at this time. But if we expect them to serve our parks in informed and serious ways, we have to bring neighbor involvement and set complacency aside.

We are asking neighbors, block clubs, and organizations to attend and bring their ideas-- and willingness to go to work-- to our next council meeting, which will not be on the usual 2nd Monday but on Wednesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island. Let’s get started.

Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary, Dwight Powell, Treasurer

Jackson Park Advisory Council Minutes of the September 13, 2010 JPAC meeting

Ross Petersen convened the meeting at 7:30 pm.

The minutes of the June meeting were approved as revised in the August Newsletter.

Vice president Fran Vandervoort submitted her letter of resignation in June, effective in July, and duly removed her name as a financial signatory at our bank. Filling the vacancy was placed on the October agenda. Moved and approved by consensus were the following officers as fiscal signatories: Dwight Powell, Ross Petersen, Gary Ossewaarde, who were instructed to tend to registration with the bank and with our fiscal agent Friends of the Parks.

Discussed was difficulty finding a low-cost off-site place for special council meetings and lectures and to have such in order to increase membership. Also discussed was ways to encourage more frequent attendance from Park District staff above the park level.

Ossewaarde reported on a visit he and Friends of the Parks staff including Maria D. Stone to a number of places in the park, including the new playground east of the 63rd St. Bathing Pavilion and the dune and swale habitat reconstruction, the former being diligently constructed and the latter looking good and with someone working on it.

Petersen reported that many of the saplings planted in Wooded Island this year were not watered and have died.

Respectfully submitted, Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary