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Welcome to the September 2008 J.P.A.C. Newletter online.

Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District.
President Ross Petersen. Editor Gary Ossewaarde. Email contact garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.
Sited in www.hydepark.org, website of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. Administrator George W. Rumsey.
Server: OnShore.

Frontpage- coming later.

August Minutes, Announcements. Note that the Sept. 8 meeting is superseded by a community meeting at South Shore Cultural Center (same day and time, but 7 pm, NOT 7:30), on domed sports facility.

 

Jackson Park Advisory Council, August 11, 2008 meeting minutes

Ross Petersen called the August meeting to order at 7:35 pm.
No business was conducted or minutes kept July 14. New attendees included Madiem Kawa, steward at Washington Park, and Joe Kelly.

President’s remarks. Ross Petersen said Area Manager A.J. Jackson is our liaison and hoped Jackson can regularly attend our meetings as consultation, continuity, and commitment are needed for upkeep and program in the park. Terry Jones, a key instructor is leaving and Andrea Frink has had her hours cut: Programs including summer camp appear short on staff and organization this summer, with few(er?) volunteers.

Nature Committee. Petersen said unhistorical plantings were done at Osaka Garden. Trees lost to storms or otherwise have yet to be replaced, including a 400+ year-old oak on Wooded Island.
Ability to have training in application of an appropriate herbicide has been enabled by a streamlining of categories facilitated by State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie (25th).

Petersen said the natural areas stewards city wide have been meeting with each other and the park district on natural areas issues including coordination with natural areas contractor, Aramark. He noted that invasive ground plants and lagoon milfoil have been gaining. A walk-through with park district leadership was under discussion.

Petersen reported that the Army Corps has again carried out investigations at the former Nike missile site, including of aromatic hydrocarbon-type seepage. JPAC has no new information.

Petersen reported that City Council held a hearing on artificial turf playing fields in parks. Comments there were reportedly mixed. The issue was referred to an intergovernmental task force.

Financial. Vice President Fran Vandervoort and Treasurer Dwight Powell reported on plans to move our account. Having a fiscal agent or status was discussed. Our next needed expenditure will be for the fall Turkey Trot race.

Projects. Barry Rapoport reported that all the non Park District funding required for the Frederick Douglass Monument has been secured, and the Park District will, upon requisite board and or other action, commission and install the boulder with plaque near the 59th Harbor, at the site of the first address of the 1893 exposition, by Douglass at the Haitian pavilion, the first completed for the fair. Rapoport and JPAC expressed their appreciation to the Parkways Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, members of JPAC, and many others who gave to realize this important historical and social recognition, and to Park District project manager Adrian Guerrero.

Discussion was held on the proposed domed sports facility, which will be the subject of a community meeting at South Shore Cultural Center, replacing the regular JPAC meeting September 8. Members made clear that having this broader special meeting has council approval, but not at present the evolving project.

Adjournment.

Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary

IMPORTANT MEETINGS, ACTIVITIES

The next meeting - a special community meeting Sept. 8, 7 pm [changed]. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 So Sh Dr. All are encouraged to attend. Due to holiday, the next regular meeting is Tuesday, October 14, 7:30 pm, field house.

September 25, 6:30 pm. 5th Ward Olympics impacts/benefits Task Force. Field house, 6401 S. Stony Island.

September 6 11 am-2 pm Councils Recognition Day at Northerly Island. RSVP to CPD Comm. Relations appreciated, or call South Shore at 773 256-0149 to reserve for bus service from SSCCtr (leaves 10 am).
REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT 2- dana.andrews@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

September 9 (registration opens 6 pm). South Side Park District budget hearing. Avalon Park, 1215 E. 83rd St.

Natural Area Workdays Sept. 13, 27, 10 am-1 pm, from Darrow Bridge. Call Ross at 773 486-0511.
September 20 9-noon: Beach Sweep with Alliance for the Great Lakes. jkelso@greatlakes.org, 312 939-0838 x229.