Welcome to the October 2014 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

Volume 21, No. 9 October 2014

Contents of published newsletter

Visit JPAC's official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Find also our Facebook link there.

Visit also http://www.bluestem.info/Bobolink/

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 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)

KEEP CURRENT at Jackson Park News and Bulletins in the hydepark.org website.
To Army Corps Project JPAC information page and links
See also a running set of minutes and standing resolutions.
WHAT'S UP AT THE OCTOBER 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 Friends of the Parks, 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.

Look for Jackson and other Hyde Park-Kenwood park announcements in the Hyde Park Herald (http://www.hpherald.com)-"In the Parks" box in the calendar section. The July 14 meeting was videotaped by Andrew Holzman for the Hyde Park Herald underwritten by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference and (in kind) University of Chicago. It is on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qIxix3S4BY

The October 13 2014 7 pm meeting will start with a salute/toast to the Columbian Exposition at the hill/wall at the north of Promontory Circle Drive (off Marquette between Jeffery and South Shore) then meeting in the La Rabida Library (enter from main entrance). Mystery writer Frances McNamara will give an illustrated lecture related to her mystery set at the Fair.


September 8 JPAC meeting

Louise McCurry convened the meeting at 7 p.m. at the fieldhouse, a quorum being present. August minutes
were approved as updated. The treasurer was unable to attend.

Nature reports. Norm Bell reported the Bobolink is in fine shape, with the help of a large group from
Northwestern Law School. Part of the group coming from UChicago September 27 2-5 may help in Bobolink.
Jerry Levy reported on Wooded Island, and tasks for September 27. A master contact list will be made, and
stewards were asked to make sure all volunteers sign waivers. September 20 Alliance for Great Lakes beach
sweep was next- they weigh the waste and recyclables and test the water. FUFG and Chicago Japanese
Chamber of Commerce service groups will participate.

President’s. Music Court including its “spokes” was cleaned up. Good groups keep coming for the While City
and nature tours, including from the History Share program in August. More volunteer docents are needed.
Officers were updated by Friends of the Parks on policies and fiscal agency and heard from other parks. Hope
is to create local and citywide collaborative networks and encourage neighbors of parks that don’t have
councils or support groups. FOTP also sought award nominations of volunteers in various categories.
Volunteer groups including Gay for Life and Pepsico have done much work at LaRabida, but there is always
more to do. Birds and butterflies are now showing up there. A thorough golf-cart drive-through with park staff
resulted in many improvements and identification of capital repair needs. Dog training/exercising, pickleball,
tennis are active at 59th area. Senior Games will have activities in the park in September- track and field and
lawn bowling. Iowa building interior inspections were made, and work continues to make light fixes permanent
continues. CPD Commissioners were enthusiastic about rehabilitating and reviving activity at the building. 2nd
district CAPS will meet there next summer. The city removed a two-block row of dead ash trees from 56th
parkway. Dead trees in the park landscape will be removed over a number of years. Bridge fix efforts continue.
Member suggestions: making a video on JPAC and the park with the Herald Radio Project, doing a video of
Jackson Park stories this winter, and asking experts about our Purple Martin houses and getting a bat house.

ieldhouse and programs. Supervisor Bobbie Beckam reported on work/help offers from Mt. Carmel and
Hyde Park High School. (In turn JPAC talked to the HP High group about park ecology.) Jackson had one of its
largest day camps in years. Junior Bears are under way- they won a really long game in double overtime.

Other business. Lauren Umek, CPD project manager, described pre-bid meetings and planning for the Army
Corps project.
Aimee Ramirez reported on Congressman Kelly’s interest in the park and Darrow bridge and
routes to grant writing.
JPAC unanimously reaffirmed changing the meeting time to 7 p.m.
Dues and fiscal agency fee for Friends of the Parks was moved and approved for up to $175.
Moved by Levy and approved to request of Alderman Hairston and CDOT a traffic study toward traffic and
pedestrian safety improvements on Cornell Drive, especially at 59th/60th and behind the fieldhouse at 6400.
Lanita Ross of the 5th Ward Office offered to facilitate the requests.

The next meeting will be at LaRabida Children’s Hospital library, preceded by a brief Columbian toast at
the hill at the end of the (Promontory Circle) drive. Monday, October 13 7 pm. Moved to adjourn.

Respectfully submitted
Gary M. Ossewaarde


Bobolink Workday, October 11, Saturday, 9-12. parrybell@ameritech.net for information.
October 25 11 am will be the last day for the White City Saturday tours (meet at Darrow Bridge) and, weather permitting, last Wooded Island workday of the season- contact sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.
Call Louise if you have suggestions for the CPD’s budget for Jackson Park- 773 844-2225.