HPKCC program home. Committees. About HPKCC. Quality of Life Hot Topics and Issues.
A service of the
Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee, certain area park
advisory councils, and the HPKCC website, www.hydepark.org. Contact
us Attn: Gary Ossewaarde, email@example.com.
Help support our work: Join
PAC and conservancy homepages in this site, followed by the PACs' own
Activities/ Nights Out in the Parks- MyChiParks.org (or go to Facebook My Chi Parks and download the app) and find out how to earn Park Points.
PACs- put your events and meetings in the Hyde Park Herald- hpherald.com. Thursday morning for the next issue (Wednesday).
DON'T-DO-IT: IF YOU DON'T SEE THE RED BARRELLS FOR BARBECUE COALS, USE THAT ONLY, (OR SEE A SIGN PROHIBITING BBQ/COOKING, DON'T BARBECUE). AND KEEP COALS AWAY FROM WITHIN THE DRIP LINE AND TRUCK OF TREES.
Budget procedures and requests. (approved- see your park's) 2018 approved
and 2018 proposed- to see it and your park's visit CPD website, look for
finances- budget and management. And start on 2020 now- hearing passed,
submit ideas to Region Managers.
Park District 2015 Board Meeting Calendar.You may
also find Board Meeting dates at https://chicagoparkdistrict.legistar.com/
events permits for 2017
Park District previewed new council standards with select councils. Provisions
were found by councils to be unworkable or unacceptable. The district
started over with a committee that includes councils, and new guidelines
were written , but with still some problems. Visit the Park
Issues Page, including for coverage, council and HPKCC comments, orig.
CPD Park Council standards are on line from Friends
of the Parks.
Next registration for park programs: 2nd month before the quarter begins- parks east of California Ave. Tuesday . In person in parks Saturday after.
PACs hold elections annually, hold meetings in park fieldhouse or other public space, must announce meetings 14 days in advance, and must keep binders in the fieldhouse- PAC BINDER:
· All PACS are required to keep a binder in their local field house.
· Please work with your park supervisor to ensure that your binder is up to date with membership applications, bylaws, minutes, agendas, bank statements, elections results.
· PACs are public bodies and the general public should have access to that information.
on beach pollution and swim bans. More at CPD Office of Green Initiatives,
Read about the Rainbow Beach conversion to school land issue at http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/content/education/chi-rainbow-beach-parkmar18,0,5726230.story
For these visit Chicago Park District: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Or 312 742-PLAY:
open Memorial Day weekend and close after Labor Day. Find
out if your beach is open and safe: Text 312 715-swim text the word beaches
and text in the name of your beach. Outdoor pools open 3rd weekend in
See your park from above with Google Earth.
District area preliminary budget hearings come in the summer- SEE WHAT
PARK COUNCILS, USERS ASKED . In budget
links at left to several parks, structural, activities, and issues pages
South Side Nature Oasis Programs as well as park volunteer opportunities are in the Green page.
Our parks range from vest pocket to neighborhood parks (some with regional attractions) to the big regional parks that surround us on three sides. A few have active councils. Their schedules are found in "Advisory Councils." The Conference provides support services for and has special ties to the councils for Nichols Park (an HPKCC affiliate) and Jackson Park. HPKCC is proud to manage and maintain JPAC's website, here, as "Jackson Park" top of left bar.
If you see something happening that shouldn't be, call 911 and Park Security 312 747-2193.
For Permits, go to the park district website- search special events permits or permits (latter will bring you to all, including baseball fields.)
Some Photo Galleries
Street Berm and some garden and greening styles in Hyde Park
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FEBRUARY 9, 2019 FROM THE PROMONTORY POINT CONSERVANCY (formerly Save the Point). Arrangements have been made and FUNDS ARE BEING SOUGHT FROM THE PUBLIC to install a commemorative limestone boulder with plaque honoring the SUCCESSFUL NAMING OF PROMONTORY POINT IN 2018 ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES. Sponsors were the Chicago Park District, Promontory Point Conservancy, Hyde Park Historical Society and more. Major in-kind and monetary grants have already been received, the boulder and location designated, and plaque wording approved. NOW SOUGHT ARE MANY SMALL DONATIONS TO MAKE UP THE REMAINDER NEEDED. Read or give, https://promontorypoint.org or https://promontorypoint.org/give. Or send (made out to) Hyde Park Historical Society, 5529 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. HPHS is fiscal agent and is a 5013c.
WE ARE PLEASED TO WELCOME in summer 2018 A NEW PAC IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, MA HOUSTON. This park is by Reavis School, 50th and Cottage Grove. More info coming.
to a wonderful article in the New York Times about how great parks make great
cities and neighborhoods-
To learn more about Chicago Park District visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/
November 2018: If you volunteer or wish to volunteer in parks, please note that new procedures including online sign up are being implemented. Be sure to catch up. This includes mandatory fingerprinting and background checks depending on the kind and degree of involvement.
Dates of importance
CPD BOARD MEETINGS - Check back for details as locations and times have been in flux lately.
Next meeting is Feb 13 (incl. election of a commissioner & acting? president
AT 3:30 P.M. at Sherwood Park (usually at 11:30 a.m. IN THE 8th Floor Board Room of the Administration Building at 541 N. Fairbanks Court, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60611. March 13 returns to that)
Click on the Legistar link to view the agenda and meeting details. Also, please register to receive automatic notices when an agenda has been posted to our legislative web portal. Last, if you no longer wish to receive this email please notify the Office of the Secretary.
The Budget Recommendation is available online and copies have been placed on file in the Secretary’s Office. To view the Budget Recommendation click on the link below.
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/departments/finance/budget-and-management/. This year the budget document has changed format, stress goals and offerings rather than how much each park gets. It was approved. Friends of the Parks has issued a report saying the budget disadvantages minority and low income sections of the city. This is disputed by th Park Distrit.
To view the agenda, click on the Legistar link below.
Chicago Park District Release of 2019 Proposed Budget & Public Budget Hearing - Wednesday, December 5th
The Chicago Park District has released the 2019 Budget recommendations<https://assets.chicagoparkdistrict.com/s3fs-public/documents/page/2019%20Budget%20Recommendations.pdf> document. To review your park's budget and to see the whole document, visit the park district's Budget and Management webpage<https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/about-us/departments/budget-and-management>. The Chicago Park District will have their public budget hearing<https://chicagoparkdistrict.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx> on the proposed budget on Wednesday, December 5th at 11:30am at the Park District's Administration Building, 8th floor, 541 N. Fairbanks, Chicago, Illinois 60611. The deadline to sign up to speak is by 4pm on Monday, December 3rd. The Board of Commissioners will vote on the budget at their monthly meeting, scheduled for December 12th (see details below). If you do not see your park's budget page or have questions, please reach out to Friends of the Parks at (312) 857-2757 ext. 7 or firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners Meeting - Wednesday, January 9>
The complete 2018 meeting schedule<https://chicagoparkdistrict.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx> is posted on the Park District website. You can speak on behalf of your park or parks issue by signing up<https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/get-involved/speaking-board-commissioner-meetings> by 4pm the MONDAY before. The December meeting is Wednesday, December 12th at 11:30am at the Park District's Administration Building, 8th floor, 541 N. Fairbanks, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Check the District's website<https://chicagoparkdistrict.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx> to confirm the meeting time, location and agenda. NOTE: The Park District has changed the deadline for signing-up to speak for the People in the Parks section. It was changed from the day before the meeting and is now the Monday before the meeting. The time remains 4pm.
Check back each year for December- final budget then December mtg, Wednesday, 11:30 pm. Chicago Park District board meets at 511 N. Fairbanks Ct. 8th floor. To speak and for agenda, visit legistar- https://chicagoparkdistrict.legistar.com/Default.aspx. Sign up to speak by email at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(reg. to speak by late afternoon day before- see below.)
Normally in 8th floor of CPD, 541 N. Fairbanks at 3:30 PM. Next June 13, 2018.
Please click on the Legistar link (in 2nd week of December) to view the agenda and meeting details. Also, please register to receive automatic notices when an agenda has been posted to our legislative web portal.
Sign-Up To Speak Procedures (Changes were put into effect May 2018- including that one must sign up 2 days in advance (by 4:30 pm on the Monday before). Meetings are moved permanently to 11:30 am. Total time for public to talk is 30 minutes.
Registration Requirements. Persons who wish to address the Board during the public comment period must complete a registration form which includes the speaker’s name, contact information, any relevant title or park affiliation. Registrations must be submitted to the Secretary of the Board of Commissioners or her designee by email, by telephone or by in-person request. Email submissions must be sent to email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. Telephone submissions may be called in to (312) 742-4299. In person registrations will take place the Tuesday before the meeting from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 541 N. Fairbanks Court, 3rd Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Registrations must be received by the Secretary no later than 4:00 PM on the day prior to the board meeting. The request must set out clearly the nature of the subject matter to be presented and must relate to matters within the authority of the Board of Commissioners. The Board reserves the right to make additional methods of registration available from time to time.
Online Sign-Up can be made via email at email@example.com . Registrants must submit the following:
· Contact information
· Relevant Title or Park Affiliation
· Issue they wish to address
Supporting documents can be attached to the email for submission to the Board of Commissioners
Telephone Sign-Up can be made at (312) 742-4299. Registrants must submit the following via telephone:
· Contact information
· Relevant Title or Park Affiliation
· Issue they wish to address
Please leave the above requested information after the recording.
In-person Sign-Up can be made the day prior to the meeting on the 3rd Floor of the Administration Building at 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL. 60611 from 1:00-3:00 PM.
Budget hearings- for year 2020.
Share your budget ideas and concerns or submit written comments only through the dedicated budget webmin form by clicking on the link below. (The CPD 2016 has been adopted.)
2019 Park District Budget IS RELEASED (and has been approved) on the Park District’s website<http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/departments/finance/budget-and-management/
PAC park event permits for 2018
PAC Partnerships and Permits for Events:
The Chicago Park District is pleased to announce our 2017 Special Event Permit Application process. Mark your calendar for November 4, 2016 at 9am, when application intake for all 2017 event levels will open.
Here's a quick overview of the two-step process: purchase the non-refundable $35 2019 Permit Application Fee online, which secures your space in the first come-first served processing queue.
Once you purchase the 2017 Permit Application Fee, submit your completed Special Event Permit Application online. Links are provided here:
If you have any questions, please contact The Department of Revenue, Permits Division at 312.742.5369
Please use CODE: AC 2017 EVENT to waive the $35 application fee. Please work with your park supervisors for planning PAC events
HPKCC and its Parks Committee contributed to the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Neighborhood Enhancement Grant program of South East Chicago Commission in partnership with Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference and Hyde Park Bank, a Wintrust Community Bank, and in 2018 POAH Housing Plus ain 2018 a Smith Foundation matching grant. We give a special shout out to Hyde Park winners 2017:
- Cornell Park, awarded a grant for development of its natural area and kiosk. )And a big PD grant to enhance the park and the nature play area. )
- Chicago Public Arts Group to complete the mosaics in the 57th Drive underpass.
The Conference gave at least $4,000 to PACS, enhancement grants and other park promotion and organizing activities in 2015-16 FY.
2018 Hyde Park Winners- Midway PAC for more bulb planting.
Nichols Park PAC for landscaping at the south fountain
Augustana Church garden
Ray school landscaping and garden
Mural "Childhood Is Without Prejudice" restoration, under the 56th St. Metra/CN viaduct
We always deeply regret when there is an incident, killing, or accident in one of our parks.
Congratulations for great events: Bixler Playground, 67th/Ridgeland Playground, Kenwood Community Park Picnic (Sept. 18) and for a gala film in Harold Washington Park Sept. 16.
Sign up to volunteer at South Shore Cultural Center- "League of 100" including in the nature sanctuary. www.volunteersignup.org/RCFB3
Jackson Park has been selected for the Obama Presidential Center. Now the hard thinking and community input begin.
Events and meetings
Discussion a proposal for a redesigned golf course for Jackson, South Shore. Obama Center.
List of IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETINGS related to Jackson Park
Section 106 Environmental and Historical Review- see in our page for findings, background.
Jackson- March 9 Bobolink Meadow 9-12
Wooded Island March 23 10-1
Save the dates- March 2 Sat 3-5 pm. One Earth Film Festival, "Home" at Jackson Park fieldhouse. Sugg. $8. http://oneearthfilmfest.org. There are a number of other films bein show in our area early March
March 30, 9 am - Annual PAC Conference at Malcolm X College.
Three Youth Opportunity Fairs are planned for summer jobs and beyond by Chicago Park District and the city.
10 am-1 pm.
Feb 2 Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Use code 26558 in registering at CPD website.
Feb 16 Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson. Use code 265669
March 2 Kennedy King College, 740 W. 63rd St. (Building "U"). Use code 305669.
At South Shore Cultural Center.
PARK ADVISORY COUNCIL SCHEDULE
Bixler - ?. Mila Jameson
Cornell Park PAC meets 4th Mondays 6:30 pm, at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell. February 25. (Major items firstname.lastname@example.org. http://bluestem.info/cpac)
Elm PAC meets at Nichols fieldhouse 4th Tuesdays 6 pm except does not meet much in winter. tba.
Harold Washington Park tba email@example.com. in conj w 3 pm cleanup and walkthrough.
Harris Park Advisory Council. 3rd Weds at 4. 6200 S. Drexel meeting room. poss. tba
Jackson Park Advisory Council meets 2nd Mondays at the 7 pm at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island. March 11.
Kenwood-sch. 4th Tuesdays , 7 pm at St. Paul & Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester, Bylesby room, pkg lot entrance. Next tba.
Midway Plaisance meets 2ndWednesdays 6:30 pm at the fieldhouse. February 20.
Nichols at Nichols fieldhouse 7 pm 2nd Thursday- firstname.lastname@example.org. February 14.
South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council 10:30 am 2nd Saturdays at 7059 South Shore Drive. February 9.
Spruce Park Adv. Co. 3rd Mondays, 6 pm. at Nichols fieldhouse email@example.com, tba.
Stout 1st Tuesdays, 6 pm at Nichols fieldhouse- firstname.lastname@example.org. tba
Washington. 3rd Wednesday 7 pm at the fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Dr. February 20.
(Mandrake 3858 S. Cottage Grove- 3rd Tuesday?, 6:30 pm. )
Department of Legislative and Community Affairs Update: Please welcome the newest addition to the Department of Legislative and Community Affairs Wade Chan. Wade will be working with the Dog Friendly Areas and with Volunteer Groups. DFA’s please contact Wade Chan with any questions: email@example.com or 312-742-4628.
Almost every playground in Hyde Park and most in Kenwood have been replaced under this 3 year program. Beginning in 2013 there were regional then localized meetings, at first a contest for those PACs and neighbors clubs most interested in having renewed play equipment and selecting the same. Later, to the extent possible neighbors, schools etc. were engaged and aldermen held equipment choice meetings. From the start, Friends of the Parks, Chicago Children's Hospital/Safe Play Coalition, and Chicago Parks Foundation have been involved in the program. The original impetus included realization that it would take decades to renew all playgrounds unless funds were raised and, frankly, corners cut-- standardized choices, equipment only, replacement only, and simple fibar on the ground. This also required clear community commitment to workdays and upkeep, especially of the fibar under the slides and swings and periodic delivery of fibar to parks. All equipment and contractor work is carefully inspected before the fenced-off work area is reopened.
In 2013 Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! playground renovation program was launched with its goal to replace 300 playgrounds over the course of five years in communities across Chicago. Using community input and commitment more than 300 playgrounds will be renovated by the end of 2016. A full year ahead of schedule! This program has impacted neighborhoods all across Chicago from Mary Margaret Langdon Playlot in Rogers Park to Bessemer Park in South Chicago and hundreds in between. Children have enjoyed safe, fun, and modern new equipment throughout Chicago!
The University of Illinois' (Chicago) Illinois Prevention Research Center has been working with the Chicago Park District since 2013 to evaluate the Chicago Plays! program. Learn how our team has used observational methods to gather data on how park use and park activity have increased since the playground renovations. We will be sharing results from Year 1 of our evaluation at a meeting July 18 at Kilbourn Park 9 a.m. This data can be used to inform new proposals for repairs and renovations in your neighborhood park and continue the success that the Chicago Plays! program has found.
Design for renewed Bixler playlot:
Find Bixler PAC facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1704771603106656/
Openlands trees available for public spaces twice a year.
Openlands, an organization that protects the natural and open spaces of Illinois, is accepting applications for its 2016 TreePlanters Grant.
The grant will be used to plant trees in neighborhoods throughout various communities, and residents in Chicago have from now until Jan. 11 to apply for a chance for their community to take part in the grant.
Applicants are required to identify locations in their neighborhood for 10-30 trees to be planted on public land.
Go to http://www.openlands.org/treeplanters-grant.
December 18 2016 Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a major golf course redesign and program, under Tiger Woods (TGR Design), WPGA, and Western Golf Association.
LINKS TO PARK DISTRICT ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO SUPT KELLY AT THE JAN. 9 2017 JPAC MEETING (and in the future at the January 24 ward meeting) and to SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS are in the Park District website (chicagoparkdistrict.com) homepage (updates) or go to News and Events and find them in the Jackson Park or South Shore Cultural Center park pages.
Oral questions and answers from the January 9 JPAC meeting will be in the February Newsletter.
A Chicago Tribune article by Teddy Greenstein gives the project background and is at http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/golf/ct-tiger-woods-south-side-golf-project-spt-1218-20161216-story.html. Article in the Dec. 17 Sun-Times by Fran Spielman focuses more on park impacts and issues. Link is:
Hyde Park Herald- hpherald.com/2016/12/16/tiger-woods-will-lead-design-for-golf-complex-in-jackson-park
January 8 Tribune extended article by Kathy Bergen
The Park District, thanks to a gift from Kenneth Griffin, will be fixing the remaining Lakefront Trail miles (where possible separating bike and pedestrian traffic) by 2018.
And congratulations Harold Washington Park, which will have renewal of the tennis courts thanks to a grant from the Pritzker Family Foundation (including Dr. Bryan Traubert).
Wooded Island is open again.
Dogs are prohibited in Natural Areas, which includes all of Wooded Island (including the Japanese Garden) and the Bobolink Meadow even on a leash. There is a minimum fine of $300. It's ordinance VII.B10a.
Of course everyone thinks their dog is an exception but a study in Biological Letters by Peter B. Banks and Jessica V. Bryant, showed that walking large or small dogs on leash made a huge difference. "Regardless of the type of area, dog walking led to a 35 percent reduction in the number of bird species and a 41 percent reduction in overall bird numbers, compared with the control. (People walking alone caused some disturbance, but less than half that caused by people with dogs.)" the dogs are predators to the birds even if yours is not so much.
Migratory birds are at grave risk of extinction, these are natural areas to give them somewhere to be on one of the great migration routes, they need all the help they can get, so please choose to walk your dogs on the 600+ other acres of the park.
However, Darrow Bridge across the north neck of the lagoons at Columbia Basin connecting parking to the east and Wooded Island/ Japanese Garden to the southwest and points west is closed. Most important is that funding for the whole has been secured. CDOT (Tanora Adams) reported at the May 8 2017 JPAC meeting. In mid-July, CMAP planning agency approved the reconstruction, which gives certainty. A public meeting will be scheduled for later 2017. Federal permitting still required. The reporting CDOT official was unable to confirm 2019 as start date. It is important to remember that the responsible agency for Darrow Bridge is the Illinois Department of Transportation.
First Sundays into fall- bird tour in Washington Park, 8 am, meet at Refectory.
And BIODIVERSITY FLOURISHES IN MANY OF OUR WATERS, including Morgan shoal, an ancient reef that protrudes almost to the surface of Lake Michigan off 49th St. Several locals have documented this (see its story) and the Chicago Tribune ran a feature July 22, 2016.
(See above for park advisory council meetings.)
- Returns in May 2018. COLUMBIAN EXPO/WORLD'S FAIR one hour tours select Saturdays 9:30 am. Contact Louise McCurry, 773 844-2225. SCHEDULE MAY CHANGE
How to book a workday for your group in Jackson Park.
2017 Park District Budget
The 2018 BUDGET IS ONLINE on the Park District’s website<http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/departments/finance/budget-and-management/>
Generally 2nd Wednesday, 3:30 pm. Chicago Park District board meeting at 541 N. Fairbanks Ct. To speak recommend signing up (and seeing agenda) before 5 pm day before- https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.legistar/Default.aspx. Many have been speaking lately- you may be denied even if come an hour early day of meeting.
and in person registration for Fall Camp and programs for parks has started,
watch now for winter- to do this online you must have registered. Look first
at the checklist in the site and your park's programs (or in any park the programs
you are interested in) and conditions. Note that if programs are filled or cancelled,
registrants are referred to similar programs at other parks.
In person registration in parks usually opens the Saturday after online registration.
The Chicago Police Department introduced a new mobile unit approach to beaches and parks in June 2016.
Harold Washington Playlot Park is one of 4 lakeside park sites chosen for pavilion-kiosks in connection with the Chicago Architecture Biennial (Oct 3-Jan. 3 2015-16) design competition. The design was deemed by community and alderman and nixed.
progress-- thanks to a generous family donation, the Wallach Fountain at the
55th entrance into Promontory Point will be restored in spring 2016 (not yet?).
Assessment continues for the Women's Memorial Bench on the Midway east of the railways. Cleaning and improvement work continues along the tracks.
Stout Park is in process of planning replacement of removed of dead trees and is getting new playgrounds starting in June 2016. Nichols had two stumps transformed, into a "wolf" and a "heron."
Play equipment replacements continue to be planned and made. Bixler will also get a new playground starting in June. PLAYGROUNDS WILL BE UNDERWAY IN SEVERAL PARKS BY MID-JUNE. PLANNING FOR SEVERAL OTHER PROJECTS IS UNDER WAY.
A fine cross section of city parks leaders gathered May 30 2015 at Nichols fieldhouse (under sponsorship of Elm Park and CPD) and shared suggestions for small parks. Successes ranged from good kiosks to good playgrounds and general attractiveness to appropriate programming and activities that give neighbors reasons to get together and bond. There were community-area meetings checking up on how parks are serving users and communities.
PETITION REGARDING CANADIAN NATIONAL EMBANKEMENT TRASH from Midway PAC. MOST OF THIS HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED- HOORAY.
New opportunities for PACs are coming forward with the Chicago Parks Foundation as well as Friends of the Parks. chicagoparksfoundation.org, fotp.org - Nichole: MachucaN@fotp.org.
Windy City Hoops brings yearround basketball to boys and girls aged 13-18 in var. parks (incl. Jackson)- Fridays 7-10 and Saturdays 5-10. Forms are at parks or aldermanic offices.312 742-7529 or 312 774-2001.
Park Points and the Night Out in the Park App-- My Chi Parks.
a loyal patron of Chicago’s parks? Then Park Points was made for you!
The Chicago Park District is excited to announce the launch of Park Points, a new and innovative program designed to enhance further exploration and engagement for park patrons by rewarding some of your everyday interactions with the Park District. The first of its kind in the country, Park Points is available through your mobile device, desktop, and any other devices with Internet access.
Park Points provides you many ways to earn points simply by being a Chicago Park District patron. Earning opportunities could include visiting a specific beach or park, sharing photos via social media, participating in certain classes, attending specific events, and more. As exciting activities are happening in our parks and facilities we will let you know exactly how to earn more points. In fact, by signing up today and linking some of your social media accounts, you’ll instantly be rewarded with points!
The best part of it all is that you get to take the points you’ve earned and bid on exclusive experiences such as turning on Buckingham Fountain, private training from a boxing expert or taking a boat cruise to enjoy the lakefront fireworks! And that’s just the beginning, throughout the year we’ll be adding exciting experiences for you to bid on.
Park Points is our way of saying thanks for being our biggest supporters and reward you for your continued loyalty.
have not checked out Park Points yet, visit www.chiparkpoints.com
to register and start earning points now!
SIGN UP AT Park Points: https://chiparkpoints.com/
Night Out In The Parks is back All Year Round, and with it comes an exciting new way to get all the schedule information – a mobile app! The “My Chi Parks ™ app is available now as a free download in both the Apple store and Google Play store!
Act NOW and get rewarded with Park Points. Download the My Chi Parks ™ app, sign into or sign up for Park Points and earn 1,000 points! Sign up for Park Points: https://chiparkpoints.com/
There are 1000 events happening in Chicago’s parks this summer. Check out what is coming to a park near you: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/
We look with interest at lakefront enhancements, particularly to planned nature and birding habitat expansion along the lakefront from south of McCormick place to 47th St. - especially west of the Drive, which will add to the additions made east of the drive and the natural areas in Jackson Park and at South Shore Cultural Center and in the Calumet region. Thousands of bird friendly plants and trees and ground cover are involved.
are thrilled to announce that Friends of the Parks has named ELM PARK
ADVISORY COUNCIL Advisory Council of the Year. The honor was conferred at FOTP's
Annual Recognition Luncheon, February 2 2012 at Chicago Cultural Center.
Pres. of FOTP, said the council was selected for insuring that Elm Park is not
taken for a parking lot. "through special events and volunteer plantings,
Elm Park became the heart center of a Hyde Park neighborhood." These sentiments
were also given by Ald. Will Burns, who cites the PAC as an example of citizenship
res. of FOTP, said the council was selected for insuring that Elm Park is not taken for a parking lot. "through special events and volunteer plantings, Elm Park became the heart center of a Hyde Park neighborhood." These sentiments were also given by Ald. Will Burns, who cites the PAC as an example of citizenship in action.
Chicago Sculpture International will be bringing world class sculpture to our Lakefront parks 2012-13. For information on this really bid show, visit. http://chicagosculpture.wordpress.com.
Nov 1st, Tuesday, 9 am- online registration for Winter Camp and programs for parks east of California Ave. starts- to do this online you must have registered. Look first at the checklist in the site and your park's programs (or in any park the programs you are interested in) and conditions. Note that if programs are filled or cancelled, registrants are referred to similar programs at other parks.
In person registration in parks usually opens the Saturday after online registration.
*Save the date** Fall Day Camp registration is just around the corner! Online summer program registration begins Mon., August 3 for parks WEST of California Ave. and Tues., August 4 for parks EAST of California Ave at 9 a.m. In person registration begins on Sat., August 8 at most parks. Some parks begin Mon., August 10. View The checklist and program or parks offerings and create a wish list beginning Get a chance to win Exclusive Early Access to Registration through Park Points™. Not a member? Sign up NOW and start earning toward this great reward!
Substantial changes have been made to the system by ActiveNet, the Park District’s web vendor (more on these changes below). While we believe these changes will make a big impact on the performance of the system, the Park District is taking the extra step of dividing registration into two different zones, to help ensure a successful fall registration.
It is important that all patrons update their account information prior to fall registration.
Update your account information now. Once logged into the system, click on the "Answer/Edit Account Questions" link. Look for these questions under the "Account Creation Questions" section for each account holder. Remember to update this information for all individuals on your account. Questions? at the website or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chicago Park District has launched a new website and mobile site in January 2012. The website will feature a fresh new design along with other enhancements including improved navigation and park search, interactive maps, and a new program registration system that allows patrons to view their registrations (both past and present) via their account. Starting January 3, patrons can register for a fitness center or lap swim membership through the new registration system, and create an online account. Patrons must set up an account before registering for programs or memberships. More information will be available on our website and in the December email newsletter.
YOU MUST REGISTER BY CREATING AN ACCOUNT ONLINE- SUGGEST YOU DO THAT AND BROWSE/COPY PROGS AND PARKS INTERESTED IN BEFORE REG. OPENS APRIL 9.
Summer online registration begins Monday, April 9 at 9 am.
With the high amount of traffic anticipated on the first day of online registration,
you may experience very high wait times after first selecting a program to be added to your cart.
If the following wait screen appears when you register, please do just that – WAIT.
If you leave the page, refresh or hit any other key, you will lose your place in line.
Remain on this page until you are automatically moved along to the next screen.
HelHELP TO GO TO DAY CAMP ETC.:p to go to park camp and related CPD programs
Summer is around the corner, and the best way to keep the children of our communities safe,
is to keep them occupied. The Chicago Park District has many free-to-low cost programs for
youth and teens alike this summer. Thanks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Summer Safety Surplus
grant, we are able to offer financial assistance to thousands of children for day camp.
Applicants must provide proof of participation in the Illinois Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
Applicants who do not participate in the school lunch program can prove eligibility by providing
income verification (i.e., 2012 recent pay stubs for last 30 days, AFDC / TANF case #, a copy
of a recent IRS 1040 form). All information submitted is confidential.
To apply for financial assistance, bring copies of the required documents to the desired park
through June 11 during normal park hours.
If you know of any families that may be able to take advantage of this opportunity, please feel free
to share this information.
Chicago Park District Day Camps run June 25th through August 3rd.
Contact your local park for details.
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DISTRICT ON TV : Chicago @ Play TV
Keep up with the Park District on TV! Chicago @ Play is a monthly program dedicated to what's going on in city parks. Watch episodes on our YouTube channel or tune in to Chicago Municipal TV, channel 49 (depending on your cable provider), twice daily at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.
In this month's show learn about:
- "Take the Field", an initiative bringing 10 new artificial turf athletic fields to Chicago parks
- Ice Skating
- Special Recreation Cooking Class
Councils were told that if THEY are doing the event and don't have inflatables, liquor etc. fees are waived and (NEW-- NO INSURANCE NEEDED). But the people at Park Hq and the park supervisor still have to be consulted.
"When is a Special Event Permit needed?
You must apply for a Special Event Permit when your event has one or more of the following elements:
(1) 50 or more attendees/participants;
(3) amplified sound;
(4) tents 10'x10' or larger;
(5) RESERVATION OF A SPECIFIC LOCATION;
(6) photography, video or other media recording;
If you are unsure whether or not a Special Event Permit is required, please contact the Department of Park Services at (312) 742-5369.
How do I apply for a Special Event Permit?
The Special Event Permit Application can be obtained by
(1) downloading the form from our website at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com and clicking on "Permits"; or
(2) visiting one of our region offices or administrative office.
You can also contact the Department of Park Services at (312) 742-5369 or (312 747-2001 (TTY).
Upcoming meetings/opportunities and news:
Next PAC Networking- tba, coming. But Polar Picnic at Chi Cultural Ctr. Feb 5, Thursday, noon $ email@example.com.
Important Notice: The Park Advisory Council Networking Meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, September 25, 2012 due to the North Region Budget Hearing.
Please join us for the PAC Networking Meeting
"How to Leverage Government Funds"
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Friends of the Parks
17 N. State Street, Suite 1450
Chicago Park District on line registration -- go to the website to set up your account.
How did your park fare in the ward remap? Parks in HPK stayed pretty much as they were (Elm, Nichols, Spruce staying in the 4th but Harold Washington, Butternut going into the 5th.
What are urban parks most useful for? Findings in an article in Urban Portal online- urban.uchicago.edu. "...parks and sidewalks not only provide opportunities for exercise but also raise the self-efficacy, defined as the confidence to exercise, of elementary school children. Being surrounded by parks, the authors argue, increases children's satisfaction with their neighborhood, which, in turn, makes them feel more comfortable with exercise." But the positive effects depend on specific architectural features, such as having water features. Walking paths are not significant except that cul de sacs encourage more independent activity. Urban kids use their parks more intensively-- as back yards-- than suburban and tend to be more satisfied with equipment even when parks of the latter are better maintained. Maintaining parks are of course expensive. There may be some disadvantage to walking and using parks (especially exercising there) where there is high vehicle emission- and these tend to be low-income areas. Not to be overlooked are the social advantages: given their ability to encourage people to get together, parks increase neighborhood ties and generate the social capital that helps communities thrive. [ed comment- all the more important to keep them free of crime et al including tensions and make them easily and safely accessed.]
THE HPK PARKS GROUP GOALS AND ACTIONS
This is a breakout group of the quarterly convening (by HPKCC) of neighborhood community organizations and is connected with the HPKCC Parks Committee.
Parks having active websites and messaging [Elm, Jackson, Kenwood, Washington and its Conservancy do.]
Ask the Herald to have a "box" with parks happenings and information (agreed by Herald).
Collect information on calendric specials such as Earth Day and publicize, including via aldermanic blasts.
Reach out to groups such as Chicago Cares that volunteer in parks to increase commitment/involvement in HPK parks.
Encourage public monitoring and reporting of problems in parks from appearance to safety; publicize 311 and Park Security 312 474-2193.
Gaining and managing dog parks continues to be a vexing question. There may be viable options in Jackson and Harold Washington.
Volunteers need to be recruited for the 4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic committees (Nichols Park Advisory Council, 4th Ward Office.)
Friends of the Parks invites you...
Patrons should contact their local park for more information.
Summer Job Opportunities with Chicago Park District.
Looking for a summer job? The Chicago Park District has a number of seasonal positions available to work with our day campers, in landscape, at our beaches and pools, and more! Visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com to access the Chicago Park District's new online application program, to view open positions and to apply online now.
Summer Movies in the Parks- series at Jackson 63rd Beachhouse, Midway, South Shore Cultural Center... and individual showings such as at Bixler and Nichols.
Workdays and more in Washington Park- see Washington Park page.
Jackson Park volunteer workdays. And more locations see Jackson Park's newer website, http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org.
For now the regular schedule will be 2nd Saturday mornings for Bobolink Meadow and 4th Saturday 10 am-2 pm (changed) for Wooded Island. These are being reconsidered.
Wooded Island 4th Saturdays, , 2-5 pm (changed). Jackson Park volunteer workday on WOODED ISLAND. Meets at Darrow Bridge south of MSI Columbia Basin. Volunteers are EXPECTED TO TELL THE SITE STEWARD THEY ARE COMING (You can then also get full information about the work, gloves, what to bring etc.) Site steward Jerome Levy weekdays 12-5 at 312 832-1616 or evenings and weekends 773 955-6384 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is available east of Darrow Bridge (reach from Lake Shore Drive at 5800 and veer left).
Bobolink Meadow 2nd Saturdays, 9 am-12 pm. BOBOLINK MEADOW Workday. A great day is planned preparing sections for new woodland seedings. Volunteers are EXPECTED TO TELL THE SITE STEWARD THEY ARE COMING (You can then also get full information about the work, gloves, what to bring etc.) Meet at the south meadow near the Driving Range road (north of Hayes Drive. There are parking lots). Work is based on a walk through with CPD. Contact email@example.com. Visit Bobolink Meadow Volunteer Website.
LaRabida-Promontory Point and harbors. Louise, 773 844-2225.
63rd and north- to be determined.
Contact Norm Bell about opportunities in the corridor from 63rd Beach peninsula to 57th beach.
Watch where and how you park your bike. People who lock their bikes to saplings or trees are killing those trees. The cambium, or living tissue layer of a tree, lies just beneath the bark. If the bark is bruised or damaged by contact with bike frame, or U lock, or chain this leaves an opening into which a very prevalent fungal disease can enter. This can kill the tree and all to often does.
Chicago Park District Board Committee meetings are held 2nd Wednesdays but can move once a quarter. Sign up to speak online by late afternoon day before, or in person up to an hour before the meeting.
Next, Wednesday, 3:30 pm, 451 N. Fairbanks. DEC. 10 FOR BUDGET FINAL VOTE.
Committee meetings are held in the afternoon, short meetings at 451 North Fairbanks, 8th Floor:
The full Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners will meet the same day at 3:30 pm. (Four times a year the Board meets at a park fieldhouse.)
For information incl. access and parking, or to... contact Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the district website and look under departments for Board of Commissioners, or to receive the agenda via fax call the general number 312 742-PLAY option 9. Re: disabilities access call Compliance Officer, 312 742-4686 or TTY 312 474-2001 at least 48 hours ahead. Look here for agenda items of general and area interest. The People in the Parks section is intended to let you voice your concerns. To speak go to the website, Notice of Meeting on the homepage, and from there to sign up (through the day before). Or go that that day and sign up 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
To view the Board committee agenda, please visit:
To view the Board agenda, please visit:
The Public Participation portion of the Board's regularly scheduled committee meetings will commence at 10:30 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m. for the Board's regularly scheduled Board meetings. Any individual interested in making a presentation must register with the Office of the Secretary in person between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the day of the Board Committee Meeting; and between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting.
For additional details on Public Participation rules, please visit:
Please contact Jill Heise at 312.857.2757 xt. 17 or email@example.com with questions or comments.
The Public Participation portion (People in the Parks) of the Board's regularly scheduled committee meetings will commence at 10:30 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m. for the Board's regularly scheduled Board meetings. Any individual interested in making a presentation must register with the Office of the Secretary in person between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the day of the Board Committee Meeting; and between 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting. BETTER IS TO GO THE WEBSITE ANYTIME FROM FRIDAY THROUGH TUESDAY 5 PM AND REGISTER ON LINE TO SPEAK.
The resolutions can also be found by going to: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/docs/948e1358-218c-4df8-9d34-7bac0c4faa06_document.pdf
· As a reminder, the Public Participation portion of the Board's regularly scheduled committee meetings will commence at 10:30 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m. for the Board's regularly scheduled Board meetings. Any individual interested in making a presentation must register with the Office of the Secretary in person between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the day of the Board Committee Meeting; and between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on the day of the Board meeting.
· Registration must be made in person by the individual who will make the presentation.
· Representatives may not sign up another speaker via proxy.
· Speakers will be limited to speak on one (1) agenda item during one Committee meeting, and cannot speak to any other item from other Committee meetings scheduled for the same date.
· Groups must select a maximum of two (2) representatives from those who have signed up to speak on their behalf. The Board Secretary will schedule group speakers according to topic.
For additional information on the Chicago Park District's rules on public participation, please visit http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/docs/948e1358-218c-4df8-9d34-7bac0c4faa06_document.pdf
Please consult www.fotp.org or join Friends of the Parks Facebook for updates on events, volunteer opportunities, Park Advisory Council events and more! If you are interested in Jill attending your PAC meeting, please contact her at 312.857.2757 xt. 17 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit our Parks Mtgs Schedule page.
the regional budget hearings are scheduled as follows:
City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation. Ald. Mary Ann Smith, Chairman
Generally meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11 am. However, it now seems to bounce around.
City Hall room 201A.
See report on a December 14, 2006 and January 11 meetings led by Nichols Park with park district officers on communications and work order procedure-- in Nichols home page.
Upcoming area park advisory council meetings (not all)