A service of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference Parks Committee and the HPKCC website, www.hydepark.org. Reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parks Chair Gary Ossewaarde
To Park Council Schedule page
To All Calendars and Directories
PAC CODE OF CONDUCT 2013
dates of area park advisory councils
with contact information
Note: Kennicott and Kenwood
Parks are now in the Central Region. The remaining non-Lakefront are now in
the South Region. Always look at the Parks
homepage as meetings are sometimes moved in or and location. We hope that
Bessie Coleman park will soon have a council and Kenwood Park's revived--both
will be in the Central Region.
Budget hearings- visit Budget.
Updated schedule of regular meetings. An expanded chart of status, meetings, contacts et al follows.
New councils forming: Stout Park, 5400 block of Greenwood. And Cornell Playlot north of 55th. Watch for information. home pages for parks in this website followed by their own websites; see more in chicagoparkdistrict.com
- Harold Washington
- Nichols (is the recognized site, hydepark.org/parks/nichols.htm)
- Spruce facebook page- address coming
http://www.washingtonparkac.org, facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-Park-Advisory-Council/178931582168672
- Cornell. Cornell Park- 4th Mondays, 6:30 pm at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell. July 27.
- Elm Playlot. 4th Tuesday, 6:30 pm. July 28 2015 and thereafter most 4th Tuesdays through fall. Nichols fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. Timika Hoffman-Zoller contact. HOWEVER, NICHOLS FIELDHOUSE CLOSES EARLY IN SUMMER, SO CHECK BACK OR WITH TIMIKA. This one is likely still on track.
- Harold Washington Park. 1st Monday, 7 pm. DEL PRADO APTS 5307 S. HYDE PARK BLVD. 2ND FL. BALCONY . Tom Allen. August 3.
- Harris Recreational Center 3rd Thurs. August 20, MEETS 7 pm?, 6200 S. Drexel. Linda Austin, 773 282-7321. 3rd Thursday.
- Jackson Park. Second Monday, normally 7 pm at the fieldhouse 6401 S. Stony Island. August 10, Monday, 7 pm Gary Ossewaarde 773 773 947-9541, Louise McCurry,773 844-2225. email@example.com.
- Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park. 1st Mondays, if still active.
- Kenwood Park, http://web.me.com/kenwoodpark/Site/About_KPAC.html. ChicagoKPAC@gmail.com.
- Midway Plaisance Park. at the skating house, between University and Ellis except in summer. Probably 2nd Wednesdays at 630- Sept. 9.
- Nichols Park, Thurs. August 13, 7 pm, fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. Stephanie Franklin, 773 955-3622. 2nd Thursday.
- AC-South Shore Cultural Center, Sat. Skips summer-next Sept. 21. Normally 2nd Sat. 10:30 am. 7059 South Shore Drive. Gary Ossewaarde.
- Spruce Park. July 20, 3rd Mondays, 6:30 pm. at Nichols fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53d St. 6 pm in summer months.
- Stout Park. 2nd Tuesdays, 6 pm at Nichols fieldhouse. August 11.
- Washington Park 3rd Wed. August 19, 7 pm, fieldhouse, 5531 S. King Dr. 3rd Wednesday. Cecilia Butler. 3rd Wednesday
HPK by park
Cornell - 4th Monday at 6:30 at Catholic Theological Seminary, 5416 S. Cornell room 504 (sometimes 304)
Elm- 4th Tuesday at 6:30 at Nichols Fieldhouse, s12355 E. 53rd St. May 26
Harold Washington- 1st Monday at 7 at Del Prado 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd. June 1
Jackson- 2nd Monday at 7 at Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island. May 11 and June 8
Kenwood- not meeting, was 4th Wednesday
Midway- PROVISIONAL- 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 at skating warming house, center panel between University and Ellis.
Nichols- 2nd Thursday at 7 at Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. May 14 and June 11
Spruce- 3rd Monday at 6:30 at Nichols Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St.
Stout- 1st Monday at 6:30 at Nichols Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St.
Washington (George)- 3rd Wednesday, 7? pm at Fieldhouse 5531 S. King Dr. May 20 and June 17.
Presidents (as of July 17, 2015)
Harold Washington Play Lot- Thomas Allen
Cornell Park-Norm Bell
Spruce Park -Carol Moy
Midway- Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato
Stout- Kenneth East
Nichols-Stephanie Franklin ( no email) phone 773-955-3622
Jackson- Louise McCurry
To be revised with new councils including Cornell, Harold Washington.
|Gwendolyn Brooks- see Kennicott||Belinda Starks|
|Bessie Coleman||4th Tuesday, 7 pm. Now meets with the local block club West Hyde Park Neighbors?||Peter Cassel|
|Dyett||no regular mtgs lately, is active||513 E. 51st Street||
Glover, president, 773 955-7784 or
|Jackson||2nd Monday (Tuesday following in Oct.) 7:30 pm||Field House, 6401 S. Stony Island, 7:30 pm||
Supervisor Andrea Frink, interim 773 256-0903
|Harold Washington||Not meeting currently||Jewish Community Ctr 5200 S. Hyde Park||
A. Allen. Contact Lanita Ross of 5th ward, 773 324-5555.
|Harris Recreational Center||3nd Thursday, 6 pm.||6200 S. Drexel||
Linda Austin?? , president, 312 282-7321
Gerald Washington, Supervisor. Mail to ctr. Attn: Lorraine Simmons.
|Kennicott||Monday after the first Thursday||Kennicott Park Field House, 4344 S. Lake Park Avenue, 7 ? pm||
?Shari Nichols-Sweat, president, 773 288-0844
Sup. Renee Shepherd, 312 747-7138
|3rd Wednesdays||St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester- Bylesby Room or Chapel off east lot entry.||
Supervisor. Kiesha Taylor, 312 747-6286, Area Manager ?, 773 746-5962
|Midway Plaisance||Not meeting currently||Skating Rink Warming House||
David Guyer (David Guyer) (no elected officers) 773 834-4549
Dir. Rick Shaheen, 312 745-2470
2nd Thursday 7:00 pm
|Nichols Park gym fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St., 7 pm||
Sup. Nikki Peters, 773 747-2703
|Promontory Point||Not organized, does not meet.||
Task Force is a different entity and charge: Jack Spicer (Jack Spicer), 773 324-5476
Re: park call Jackson Park Supervisor, Wm. Tillis, 773 256-0903.
|South Shore Cultural Center||2nd Saturday 10:30 am (excepts October, April- tba)||7059 South Shore Drive||
Edie Moore, president edie828@ya
Ctr. Dir. Andrea Adams 773 256-0149
Sup. Rick Shaheen, 312 745-2470 at Midway or Nikki Peters at Nichols 773 747-2307
|3rd Wednesday, 7 pm||Field House 5531 S. King Dr., 7 pm||
Cecilia Butler, president,
There is a Conservancy for natural areas- for contacts contact Fran Vandervoort
Fieldhouse 312 747-6823, Refectory 312 747-7618. Sup. Janie Collins
Park District has issued revised Council Guidelines. Guiding councils at CPD
includes Dana Andrews, 312 742-4762.
Friends of the Parks has revised its Park Advisory Council Handbook. (ask at http://www.fotp.org), 773 857-5727.)
Some matters covered in the latter include What is a PAC, Who can jon? What is the relationship to the Park District (advisory and collaborative), How to start a council and what issues should the council address, Tips on communications, Strategies (elected officials, board meetings, FOIA, FOTP connection; Funding resources and goals, getting fiscal sponsorship, seed and other grants..., and directory of resources.
Park advisory councils were established and recognized by the Park District starting about 1981-2 to advise concerning their parks. This was pursuant to settlement of a class action suit in federal court alleging discrimination against and neglect of south and west side park needs by the District. The councils are the recognized bodies representing their communities and to which the district has to listen but not necessarily agree and follow through. It is this writer's observation that those councils are most successful that are both proactive and constructive in advice and insist that they be consulted first and immediately about changes and projects. Even when a project is not deemed bad but only half-measure and partly off the mark, councils should not be afraid to say "No", then let the District come to them and negotiate until the details are right. Although their role is only advisory, they often take a leading role and have great power, in part because they are the eyes and ears and often hands in the park day after day, year after year. They should act as an asset and resource for their park (having of course done their homework) and should expect to be treated as such by the District. Actually doing things and raising funds/spending for the park and its users is not only responsible but a good source of respect from both their community and the Park District and its staff. And councils are wise to have long-range planning committees that are ready with specifics and sketches, discussed with the park supervisor and area or regional manager, park neighbors, community leaders/stakeholders, and the alderman well before the budget rounds start. And don't be shy in seeking publicity/press and holding big meetings, and being friends if possible with your alderman. Too many parks do not have active councils. Friends of the Parks provides many services, resources and training. Start by calling Maria D. Stone at 312 857-2757. The Center for Neighborhood Technology also has a Parks Alliance with resources. Contact Karen Hobbs there.
The Chicago Park District has published Guidelines (latest in 2008) for the organization and operation of councils. Please visit the CPD website, Departments, Legislative and Community, click Find Out More for links. (Copies should be available at the Region offices). Friends of the Parks also publishes a very helpful guide, newly revised. Also helpful is a park district booklet on establishing dog parks, which is really a primer on getting any facility or special arrangement for your park or for your community in your park, or a new park.
Certain park district council rules rules are very important:
Otherwise, councils largely adopt their own rules and find their own roles- as the District says they should, and they can resist District efforts at standardization, for example, with a common date for elections. Many don't find it necessary to have officers or bylaws, although if organized--especially if as a 501--and a formal request for recognition is submitted to the District, certain offices have to be filled, and in any case the contact/lead should be given to the District Outreach Manager. Only a few councils are 501 nonprofits. Councils that take in more than a few dollars are well advised to set up their own account and/or spend the money on things for their park or risk their money being "swept up" by the Park District, and to link up with a 501 fund manager such as the park district-affiliated Parkways Foundation or Friends of the Parks or their local neighborhood association or chamber of commerce.
This writer advises councils to hold at least quarterly meetings and to strive for new blood and turnover in order to remain viable.
Stephanie Franklin, President of Nichols Park, advises: regularize your proceedings and standing with the Park District, have your own bank account and be or hook up with a non-profit, and seek members-especially in a 3 block radius of the park.
Gary Ossewaarde, HPKCC Parks Committee Chairman
(More in Parks Directory)
The Chicago Park District
is headquartered at 541 North Fairbanks, 60611, 312 742-PLAY.
CEO and General Superintendent: Timothy J. Mitchell. Board of Commissioners: President Maria N. Saldana, Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, Rev. Daniel Matos-Real, Cindy Mitchell, Robert J. Pickens, Rouhy J. Shalabi, Martin Koldyke. See below for 2003 schedule of Park District Board of Commissioners and Committee meetings.
Governmental and Community Relations. Director: Michael Kelly; Manager of Community Outreach (including advisory councils): Robert Steele. Spokesman and press: Julian Green.
The bureaucracy can be formidable and hard to reach if you
don't have the phone number. (The district is also poor at answering mail, but
formal communications and requests should be in writing with request for reply.
The Conference and Friends of the Parks can help with whom to contact. The e-mail
for most at the District is the first name followed by a dot and (immediately
after) the last firstname.lastname@example.org. Coordinating the advisory councils
is Robert Steele.
Region offices. Hyde Park and Kenwood are divided into three Chicago Park District Regions.
The former Lakefront Region has been merged into the South and Central regions. They were (n-s) Burnham, Cornell, Harold Washington, and Jackson parks. Offices: Downtown hq. Lakefront Director: Alonzo Williams. 312 742-4641. Area manager south lakefront Daphne Johnson, 312 656-6717, located at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.
South Region offices are at Tarkington Park. 312 747-7661.
Region Manager Liz Millan. Information:. Area managers for HP-K parks are, for some A. J. Jackson and for others Gloria Beard. Park supervisors are usually assigned to and based at a park with a field house (i.e. Dyett, Midway Plaisance, and Washington) but manage a suite of other parks. Trades: ask for "Dominick."
The Central Region offices (serving parks north of 51st Street) are in Garfield Park. Region Manager Art Richardson. Area local ?
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETINGS
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Park District
for the Year 2004 will be held on the dates and the times listed below. Unless
otherwise specified in the applicable public notice or by further public notice,
the meetings will take place in the Eighth Floor Board Room of the Administration
Building, 541 North Fairbanks, Chicago, Illinois 60611. All Committee Meetings
will take place in the Chicago Park District Administration Building.
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Section 794) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. SECTION 12101 et seq.), the Chicago Park District does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or admission/access to programs and activities.
Any person with a disability who desires special accommodations or the services of a signer in order to attend a meeting of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners should contact the Secretary of the Office of the Commissioners, Section 504 Compliance Officer, 312-742-4686 (541 North Fairbanks, Chicago, Illinois, 60611) or telephone 312-747-2001 TTY at least 48 hours before the meeting.
Committee meetings as below, Board at 4 pm. But sometimes comm. mtgs. are before board meetings.
Administration at 10:30, Programs and Recreation 10:35, Capital Improvements, 10:40 am.
They all normally meet on Wednesday, sometimes second, sometimes third Wednesday of the month.
Gary Chico, President, Anita Voravudhi, Secretary Pro Tempore
(May's is the Annual Meeting.)
Non-downtown board meeting locations:
Directory of Resources
Chicago Park District
Community Relations, Dir. of External Affairs (also called Legislative and Community) 312 742-5366
Board- Liaison 312 742-4733
Chief Program Officer 312 742-4868
Director of Natual Resources 312 742=4116
Budget 312 742-4761
Regional Office- South 312 747-7661