JPAC Web/Jackson Park website logo

JPAC- protecting nature, preserving history, supporting recreation
Jackson Park, Chicago in hydepark.org, with JPAC information and links to Newsletters

Reach Jackson Park 773 256-0903. Bobbie Beckam, Supervisor. South Region 312 747-7661. More park and contact details
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com- look for the Jackson Park page there.

Note: All booking of private events/permits: contact the park supervisor- 773 256-0903 then downtown Park Services.
Call 312 742-5369 Chicago Park District Park Services. Better: Go to http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com and click permits/special events.
Chicago Park District Security (312) 474-2193. or thomas.snooks@chicagoparkdistrict.com. Always 911 if serious or danger.
WHAT'S HERE: GENERAL INFO AND LINKS . INDEX AND NAVIGATOR. EVENTS/WHAT'S NEXT. ABOUT JACKSON PARK.
INDEX TO NEWSLETTERS.
APRIL 2017 online. APRIL 2017 pdf. MAY 2017 online. MAY 2017 pdf.
JUNE 2017. JUNE 2017 pdf. JULY 2017. JULY in PDF. AUGUST 2017. AUGUST in PDF.
SEPTEMBER 2017. SEPT. 2017 in PDF.


. See meetings- Framework Plan, Obama Center, Golf, road closures-- stage 2 mtgs scheduled Sept. 25, 27 and by Obama Foundation Sept. 14.
Next PAC meeting October 9?. PDF of SEPT-OCT EVENTS new- Senior Games

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.
FIND COMMENTS, ANSWERS AND MORE FOR THE JUNE-JULY PHASE I PUBLIC MEETINGS ON FRAMEWORK-GOLF-OBAMA CTR. in www.southlakefrontplan.com.

Link to a wonderful New York Times article on how great parks make great cities adn neighborhoods.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/12/arts/design/chicago-philadelphia-parks-rahm-emanuel.html


TO NEWS AND BULLETINS PAGE.

Run of meeting MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS including now AUGUST 2017

PROJECT 120 and Skylanding (& Project 120's Skylanding site)
GLFER ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION
PROJECT.

Obama Library. Golf proposal.
A Timeline of Jackson Park. History and historic features.

JPAC'S FACEBOOK PAGE- (please like us) https://www.facebook.com/JacksonParkAdvisoryCouncil/
JPAC'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE- jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. ....events/ (LOTS OF NEW FEATURES!)
JACKSON PARK IN YOUR POCKET APP narrated tour- hosted in vamonde.com
A GREAT NEW VIDEO BY CPD OF OUR APRIL 23 2016 EARTH DAY TRAIL WORKDAY!
Workdays- including groups!-page with HOW TO BOOK, regular schedule, log of 2016.
Bobolink Meadow and workdays- http://bluestem.info/bobolink/
Bylaws links to

More workdays
COME CELEBRATE THE PEACE HEADS now installed west of the Iowa Building.
Wooded Island Access opened permanently, visit Skylanding
Next JPAC meeting February 13 2017.

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This website is a part of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference website, hydepark.org (Hyde Park Record).
It is not the official website of the Advisory Council (although it houses much of the material of JPAC) nor of Chicago Park District.
Jackson park site webmaster: Gary Ossewaarde, 773 947-9541.
HPKCC Hyde Park Record site administrator: Gary Ossewaarde, George Rumsey).
Visit hydepark.org home, parks home

Calendar is now up and running in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/events. You cand print the membership form and mail it in.

Participation/becoming a member.

OFFICERS elected November 14, 2016. President Louise McCurry, Vice President Anne Marie Miles, Secretary Gary Ossewaarde, Treasurer Dwight Powell. Auxiliary board members: Jake Young and Cherry Theard (membership and media); Norm Bell & Gail Parry and Jerry Levy (Nature Committee and Site Stewards). Fran Vandervoort was voted Nature Trail Steward at the May 2016 meeting.

JPAC golf proposal review committee July 17 report- conditional endorsement of golf consolidation project.
Read in pdf.

LINK TO PARK DISTR ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO SUPT KELLY AT THE JAN. 9 MEETING. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Q_A_from_1-9-17_Jackson_Park_Advisory_Council_Mtg.pdf

Meetings on revised CDOT and park projects have been announced-Sept 25 and 27 (NOT Sept 21)
And Obama F. has its own open meeting Sept 14.

We are pleased to announce that Wooded Island was opened permanently for all visitors Saturday Oct. 22d. Best parking is near the south end. Fences will remain up to protect the new plantings but will not impede access to Wooded Island. The fences will not come down until September 2019, but the white pipes start coming out May 2017.

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.

ALSO THE DARROW BRIDGE ACROSS THE PARK AND TO PARKING TO ITS EAST IS FIRMLY CLOSED. More info: contact Jerry Levy at sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. The site has been tested, preliminary plans for historic restoration made, it is in design; approvals have been received from IDOT (which owns the bridge), Il. Hist. Pres. Agency, and in July 2017 the regional planning agency CMAP (which provides certainty). A public meeting and Federal permitting are among next steps. Money has been secured. Tentative date for work was given in May as 2019.

IN THIS PAGE meetings, workdays, events, links to much more including Newsletters...
JOIN, CONTRIBUTE TO JPAC- PRINTABLE 2016 FORM. Or go online in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org.

MISSION

PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR JACKSON PARK- Read more about the projects in Jackson Park News and Bulletins including Project 120. ACE GLIFER habitat.

JPAC is a nonprofit under the fiscal agency of the Chicago Parks Foundation.


The official, updated website of the JPAC council is up!- The calendar is functional- go to Events.
http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org
.
See the events calendar! And find JPAC Facebook.
Links to allied websites. About JPAC. Membership form. Our committees

Officers: President Louise McCurry (773 844-2225), VP Anne Marie Miles,
Secretary Gary garyossewaarde@yahoo.com 773 947-0541, Treasurer Dwight Powell, 773 288-4943, dwightpowell216@yahoo.com.
At large advisory for membership and web/media: Jake R. Young, Cherry Theard. Nature Tail Steward Fran Vandervoort.

INDEX navigator to THE JACKSON PARK PAGES in this website (NOTE- most are also in an index that pops up if you go to hydepark.org/parks/jpac (no extension)
INCLUDING THE NEWSLETTERS- that also has a separate index that pops up by going to hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters )


Run of meeting MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS including now August 2017
and links to our friends- see more in hpkcc Parks other links and Green and jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org

HOW TO BOOK A WORKDAY
TO NEWS BULLETINS AND ISSUES page (incl. proposals-Project 120 and Army Corps)
Army Corps Habitat project in its own page. March 6 2015 report from CPD project manager
Obama Library in its own page. Project 120- MOU for, Info in News page, project120chicago.org
1999 Framework Plan (find also at http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Jackson_South_Shore.pdf. And visit www.southlakefrontplan.org.

HERE: meetings

Becoming a member: Voting privileges begin after the second meeting attended within a year. The Chicago Park District REQUIRES THAT ALL WISHING TO PARTICIPATE BY VOTING, MOTIONS ETC SIGN THE APPLICATION TO JOIN AN ADVISORY COUNCIL. (They will be at meetings, or go to chicagoparkdistrict.com, in Search (upper right) type Advisory Councils, scroll to the Forms, print Advisory Council Member Applicatation, fill in and bring to a meeting-- the forms are kept on file downtown. You can learn much about councils by reading the other material there). That form is not the same as JPAC's membership form, which gives the council contact and interest information and records any contribution or dues that is given-- those who give are considered members. Voting is unrelated to contributions or submitting that form.) 2016 JPAC Membership letter and form. OR GO TO JACKSONPARKADVISORYCOUNCIL.ORG.

MEETINGS, TOURS. (more at linked including late additions to agenda)
See calendar (except the 3 meetings below) in pdf document (through June 16)
Special CPD meetings Sept 25 (not 21) and prob. 27.

September 14, Thursday, 5-7+ pm. Obama Foundation holds an open meeting with the foundation, museum and landscape teams at Regency McCormick Hyatt Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 2233 S. King Drive.

See the July 17 JPAC Golf Committee report in golf.
September 25, Monday, times tba prob. 4 or 5-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised plans and take public questions and comments in open format. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.

September 27, Wednesday, 4 or 5-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised framework and project plans and take public questions and comments in open format. At Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island.

CPD region budget hearings Sept. 19, Tuesday, 5:30 sign in. Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine.

October 7, Saturday, 10-2. CPD Volunteer Appreciation Day at Northerly Island.

Visit surveys and comment post walls from southframeworkplan.com and obama.org. More in the July Newsletter.

JPAC General- October 9? Date and Loc to be set- Columbus holiday. Normally 2nd Mondaay 7 PM at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.
(Jackson Park Advisory Council normally meets 2nd Mondays at 7 pm at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.) All are welcome! For information contact Gary Ossewaarde at 773 947-9541 garyossewaarde@yahoo.com

About our meetings and program: Our aim is to:
1. Create more diverse community interest and network for our park ,
2.Expand the number of positive active members who WORK and otherwise contribute and expand our vision and impact, giving an equal voice to communities and interests, developing new park community leaders and networking with park areas with no previous voice.
3.Notify the PAC and others of park needs requiring solutions in ALL areas of our geographically large park community. Great parks make great communities.
Our programs are reaching these goals. They provide experienced park activists like you a golden opportunity to make a real difference, inspire, educate, serve as a role model, and encourage NEW Jackson Park activists to continue the work we have started.
Thank you for your patience as we build park community membership and leadership for today and the future!
(modified from release by Louise McCurry, president)

WORKDAYS!!! Louise could use help managing the large groups that frequently come to work in Jackson Park.

Bobolink Meadow 2nd Saturdays 9-12 Meet at south end. parrybell@ameritech.net.
Learn about the meadow plus workday updates: http://bluestem.info/bobolink/. October's 4th Saturday


Wooded Island: Saturdays (us. 4th), 10 am-1 pm. September 23, October 28.

September 16, 1:30- 63rd beach and other areas cleanup. Meet in parking lot.

September 30, 1 pm. National Public Lands Day cleanup- 63rd St. Beach.


EVENTS/ACTIVITIES -
See Calendar for September.

done




Founded in 1983. MISSION: The purpose of JPAC, an advisory body registered with the Chicago Park District, is to

Provide a forum for users of the park and increase community awareness and engagement,
Advise the park district regarding facilities, maintenance, program, and visitor experience,
promote long-range planning,
promote programming, activities and education about the park and its extraordinary history, design, and nature.
"PROTECTING NATURE, PRESERVING HISTORY, PROMOTING RECREATION"


JACKSON PARK WEB PAGES:
navigation indices
to subpages, links
(Visit also the official site http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/)
(A watch group site is not affilated with JPAC but prints information on the park and issues, jacksonparkwatch.org.)

JPAC gen info and about. Newsletters. Nature. History. Recreation & infrastructure. Photo Galleries.
In other sites. What's HERE

JPAC General, information, organization
Contact, Officer Information/Membership.
2017 MEMBERSHIP FORM
Join the Newsletter mailing list
(no charge)-garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.
Who We Are - Mission, Accompls.; Pk Treasures/Amenities; Guarding the Park
HOW TO BOOK A WORKDAY- contacts, regular schedule, and a sampler log.
Recent Meeting Minutes and Resolutions:
(Minutes start from 2006 - present up now, Resolutions from 2002-present)
Council Bylaws (rewritten Dec. 2010 as amended 2014 and 2015) (Markup showing 2014-15 amendments)
News, Issues and Notable

Also see below: JPAC's vision and goals and president's vision
Nancy Campbell Hays, past president, and naming of bridge to WI for
Eric Hatchett, past president, and naming balconies of 63rd beachhouse for

Our Newsletters online (Find the archive- www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/newsletters)

SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER. PRINTABLE PDF VERSION
AUGUST 2017 NEWSLETTER. PRINTABLE PDF VERSION
JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER. PRINTABLE PDF VERSION
JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER. PRINTABLE PDF VERSION
MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER. PRINTABLE PDF VERSION
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MARCH 2017 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINTABLE VERSION.
FEBRUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINTABLE VERSION
JANUARY 2017 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT VERSION
DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT VERSION
NOVEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT (MAILED) VERSION
OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT (MAILED) VERSION
SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT (MAILED) VERSION
AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER. PDF PRINT VERSION
JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER IN PDF, JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER
JUNE 2016 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER
(no February meeting)
JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
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AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER
JULY 2015 NEWSLETTER
JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2015 NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER and January 12 JPAC meeting open Library discussion in pdf.

JANUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
NOVEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
OCTOBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2014 NEWSLETTER
JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER (See the meeting video of the July 14 meeting from the Herald- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qIxix3S4BY)
JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER
MAY 2014 NEWSLETTER
APRIL 2014 NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2014 NEWSLETTER
FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER

NOVEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER (no Dec. 2013 mtg. or nl, NO Jan 2014 nl but see in Mins and Resols)
OCT
OBER 2013 NEWSLETTER

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August 2011 Newsletter
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April 2011 newsletter
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December 2010 Release (updated version in this page)
December 2010 Newsletter
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August 2010 Newsletter (no September)
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*Earlier minutes and Newsletters are archived by Gary Ossewaarde-- going back to the founding in 1983
(with gaps in the early years). These may be viewed by appointment. 773 947-9541 or garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.

Nature (particular places, thoughts about and plans)
Lagoons Lagoons History and Rehabil. Project. Award
Jackson Park Nature and Natural Areas News
Bob-o-link Meadow Story MORE IN BOBOLINK MEADOW VOLUNTEER WEBSITE
Wooded Island hist., decisions, prospects (hydepark.org). A Tour. Lost Old Oak
Birding and Bird Conservation in Jackson Park (a hydepark.org multi-page)
Paul Clyne report on importance of the fence at the WI Rose Garden and similar fences (acc. into record)
Avian Considerations for Land Stewardship Programs during Migration (JPCSC-Chicago Audubon) (accepted into JPAC record)
Wooded Island Restoration Plan (much superseded by ACE 2014 restoration project)
Newly planted Wooded Island list April 2011 review
To the Tree Inventory interactive website-
http://openlands.org/openlands_gis/html/Community_Greening/TreeInventories/Jackson_Park/WoodedIsland_
TreeInventory_Genus_.html
. Follow the instructions above the legend to utilize the map features.

(nature and general policy)

Nature/natural areas Activities, News and Issues (see there: Army Corps project 506)
Harbors, BEACH POLUTION/Swim Bans, Beach/Lake Pollution
From Whitman 63rd Beach Study '01
Framework Plan 2000-Environmental Recommendations
(whole Framework and in
http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Jackson_South_Shore.pdf
Dogs on Wooded Island- see on new study: "dogs, nature areas don't mix."
Canada Geese in Jackson Park
Lakefront Protection Ordinance

Project 120. GLFER Ecological Restoration Project.

History (Be sure to see Timeline and History (which includes on the Viking Ship).
Historical Jackson Park See articles on The Viking Ship, an archeol. dig in the park,
an accidental find, Douglass marker, MSI, U505 Submarine move and more
Jackson Park Timeline

Columbian Exposition of 1893 (a hydepark.org page)
Garden of the Phoenix/Osaka Japanese Garden in Wooded Island
(there: restored Ho-o-den carved panels)
Frederick Douglass Monument
Korean 1893 Exhibit, proposal (cache)
Nike C-41 base (also an ongoing issue)
Monuments: Animal Bridge, Granite beach, 'Iowa' Bldg./Germania, Republic
63rd St. Bathing Pavilion landmarked, upper pavilion named for Eric Hatchett
U-505 WWII Submarine and its move and reopening at Museum of Science/ Industry

Policy, Recreation, Features, PROJECTS, and infrastructure
Jackson South Shore Framework Plan 1999. NEW WEBSITE FOR REVISED PLAN 2017 www.southlakefrontplan.com
Proposed Project 120/visitors center in News and Issues MOU Project 120 and CPD 2015
Army Corps 2014-19 nature/Olmsted restoration with links to off. site. March 6 2015 report.
Lawn Bowling and Croquet
Jackson Bark, a new dog park planning, working for OK and see in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org
Obama Presidential Center with updates and public input and see links there
Golf proposal and updates/public input and see links there
Project 120. SKYLANDING and see links there
Traffic Circle proposal for Republic statue intersection (note 2017 this intersection would be redone due to changes for the Obama Center and golf consolidation.)

CACHED:
Jackson Park, JPAC and Olympics 2007-09; Olympics homepage (a hydepark.org page)
Take The Field Artificial Surface Playing Field
cache- ACE sports facility proposal

Photo Galleries: (there are many photo galleries in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org)
Animal Bridge
Around and in the park: Site of Mary Rose Shaughnessy

Paved Granite Beach and Iowa Bldg. old views. Granite Beach and reconstr.
'Iowa' Building today
Lake Sh Dr and underpass work,57th-59th #1,
#2, #3, 63rd. So Lkft Access projs
Lagoons and lagoon restoration
Nike C-41 base
Osaka Garden/Garden of the Phoenix
(and to others)
Submarine move route and exhibit construction
Wooded Island
63rd St. Beach House and Schiff Play Fountain

In Other Sites:

Other JPAC sites:
OFFICIAL JPAC WEBSITE AND CALENDAR: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/
Check in at Bobolink Meadow Volunteer Website. Includes tons of information, pics, maps about the Meadow
Facebook- Jackson Park Advisory

In hydepark.org:

Parks homepage and navigator

Lakefront Protection Ordinance
Osaka Japanese Garden home
Parks outside links and resources index
Wooded Island prospects, work objectives

Park Issues
Birding home and Wooded Island Summaries,
Purple Martins, Monk Parakeets
Columbian Exposition
Green (and beyond) page, with links

Outside (find more in the Green page including naturalist allies OpenLands and Audubon orgs)

Special: PBS has a documentary on FL Olmsted, Designing Americas Parks They have produced six short bonus videos for the film, which you can (or at least could) see now on the PBS Olmsted website. They have also produced a twelve-minute film for the Library of American Landscape History, which also will be on the PBS site soon. The film is called “The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux and the Buffalo Park System.” It is part of the LALH “North American by Design” film series and it is available now on the LALH website, as are two other landscape architecture films. I’ve put the links to both sites below.
Olmsted Bonus Videos. Library of American Landscape History Short Films

See the wonderful Chicago Park District You Tube on our 2016 Earth Day mulching the trail and explaining the Wooded Isle.

Project 120/Japanese Garden http://www.Project120chicago.org AND gardenofthephoenix.org- both sites rebuilt and greatly expanded. VIEW PROJECT 120'S AERIAL VIDEO OF THE SOUTH PARKS https://vimeo.com/146694398
JPAC's Project 120 page.
Opponents of Project 120 and other changes have a website, JacksonParkWatch.org.

Friends of the White City (Ray Johnson, Pres.)- http://www.FriendsOfTheWhiteCity.org
Friends of the Viking Ship- http://www.vikingship.us

Chicago Park District e-mail staff-1stname.2ndname@chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Jackson Park page in Chicago Park District website.
Museum of Science and Industry's website
Hyde Park Historical Society website
Friends of the Japanese Garden (Osaka Garden) https://sites.google.com/site/friendsofthejapanesegarden/home
Friends of the Parks

Alliance for the Great Lakes
Obama Presidential Library (U of C Bid)
Openlands (for more visit http://www.hydepark.org/parks/otherlinks.htm)
We encourage you to visit from TNC The Nature Conservancy the Illinois newspage, including volunteer and learning opportunities in the area: "Gatherings Online": http://www.nature.org/illinois.
Also Hal Cohen's blog, http://www.woodedisland. blogspot.com/ and others listed in the Birding homepage of hydepark.org.

To the Tree Inventory interactive website- http://openlands.org/openlands_gis/html/Community_Greening/TreeInventories/Jackson_Park/WoodedIsland_
TreeInventory_Genus_.html
. Follow the instructions above the legend to utilize the map features.

news and issues - (by itself) (incl. Darrow br. closure, props from Project 120 and Army Corps)
New site on the South Lakefront Plan and its revisiting 2017- www.southlakefrontplan.com.

In this homepage...

Top

In the Bobolink area donated to JPAC by Madiem Kawa of the Washington Park Conservancy in July 2012.

Next events, exhibits, Advisory Council and other meetings
full calendar

 

White City walking tours 2nd Sat in May- Oct , 11 am. Schedule in Friends of White City site. SATURDAYS AT 11 FROM EAST SIDE OF DARROW BRIDGE.

Meetings

Next council meeting (usually 2nd Monday 7 pm)
usually at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

October 9?, 2017, usuallyMonday, 7 pm, fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. usually south room. October meeting (Oct 9?) date and location tba.________________________________________________________

September 14, Thursday, 5-7+ pm. Obama Foundation holds an open meeting with the foundation, museum and landscape teams at Regency McCormick Hyatt Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 2233 S. King Drive.

Phase II meetings on park framework, golf, Obama Ctr. Full description of scope of meetings is in the Park District website- updates on left side. chicagoparkdistrict.com
Read/post for phase I and beyond at www.southlakefrontplan.com.

September 25, Monday, 4-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised plans and take public questions and comments including on Framework Plan in open format. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.

September 27, Wednesday, 4-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised plans and take public questions and comments including on Framework Plan in open format. Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island.

December 18 2016 Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a major golf course redesign and program, under Tiger Woods (TGR Design), WPGA, and Western Golf Association.
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:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/obama-library-in-jackson-park-spurs-big-golf-course-redesign.
Hyde Park Herald- hpherald.com/2016/12/16/tiger-woods-will-lead-design-for-golf-complex-in-jackson-park
See also Tribune article Jan. 8 by Kathy Bergen. JPAC has not yet held discussion on the matter.



Wooded Island will be open permanently for all visitors. The gates at both the north and south entrances will be open. Fences will remain up to protect the new plantings and facilitate future work and planting but will not impede access to Wooded Island. However, most of the plastic pipes are coming out.

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.



The fieldhouse staff asks for volunteers at holiday parties for the day camps and sports teams. The next is October 31- call the fieldhouse for best time, 773 256-0903.

The next JPAC meeting will be Monday, December 12, 7 pm at the fieldhouse.

Army Corps restoration project information; their site:
http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorksProjects/JacksonPark.aspx. Read JPAC summaries of earlier meetings.
All Island access is closed incl. Japanese garden. Contact Jerry Levy: sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. We hope for reopening later in the fall 2016.

Saturdays at 11 am. White City Tours - Saturdays, 9 am. Contact: Louise McCurry, 773 844-2225 or visit friendsofthewhitecity.org. Meet at east end of Darrow Bridge. Check with Louise about special locale, shorter tour options.

VIEW PROJECT 120'S AERIAL VIDEO OF THE SOUTH PARKS https://vimeo.com/146694398

VOLUNTEER WORKDAY SCHEDULE. Work is under Chicago Park District vol. coordinator.
Would your organization or group like to volunteer to spend a few hours with our stewards working in the park in or apart from our regular workdays in places such as La Rabida shores? Call Louise McCurry at 773 844-2225.

SPECIALS including LaRabida- Call Louise, 773 844-2225, commissioner751@comcast.net. Often two groups/busloads come in a week- you are welcome to join these; let Louise know you are coming. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THE 63RD ST. BEACH CLEAN and LaRabida access and cleanup June 17.

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BOBOLINK WORKDAY 2nd Saturdays 9-noon. Meet at the south end of the Meadow -- access north from Hayes/63rd Dr. via golf driving range parking lot. Done for year.
WEBSITE: http://bluestem.info/bobolink/.
Info and let-us-know: parrybell@ameritech.net.
FIND OUT HOW TO GET THERE AND WHERE WE ARE MEETING FOR WORKDAY:
http://bluestem.info/bobolink/getting-there.html. Generally at the Golf Driving Range parking lot or nearby south end of the meadow. OCTOBER DATE TBA.

September 23. WOODED ISLAND 4th Saturdays 10-1. Details- get on Jerry's list- sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.

Be sure to check with Jerry and give him your email for announcements and updates. Jerry Levy- sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com. Always dress for weather and bring water (although some is usually supplied). Tools and gloves are supplied. For workdays convened at the south end, there is a parking lot ne of Cornell Dr. and Hayes Dr. Then walk north- contact Jerry for instructions sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com.
April 22 Wooded I workday includes replenishing the chip trail. Meet at the south gate. If late, midpoint of the west path.

Youth and corporate groups frequently come to work in the park-- contact Louise as to how you can become a volunteer team leader or otherwise help: 773 844-2225, commissioner751@comcast.net

OTHER MEETINGS, PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AND APPEALS

SEPTEMBER 12 AND 14 10 AM-1 PM. LEARN AND SIGN UP FOR PICKLEBALL with tennis pro Bobbie Beckam. Jackson Park fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

September 14, Thursday, 5-7+ pm. Obama Foundation holds an open meeting with the foundation, museum and landscape teams at Regency McCormick Hyatt Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 2233 S. King Drive.

September 19, Tuesday, 5:30 pm sign up. CPD Region budget hearing. Fusco Park, 1312 S. Racine.

September 25, Monday, times tba prob. 4-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised plans and take public questions and comments in open format. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive. Makeup Sept. 27 at tba.

September 27, Wednesday, 4-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised framework and project plans and take public questions and comments in open format. At Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island.


Lawn Bowling and Croquet

Go to lakesidelawnbowling.webs.com.

SEPT 2017 EVENTS AND WORK OPPORTUNITIES IN JACKSON PARK
View this by itself in pdf.



Night Out in the Parks. Here are Jackson Park events in this citywide program- some details are not yet worked out. Check out South Sh & Midway online—and their movie and concert schedule is being completed.
Full schedule in www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or Chicago Park District’s My Chi Parks app.


_Sept. 15, Friday, 16 Saturday, and 17, Sunday, 6-7:30 pm. HEJLA YATKIN leads DANCE IN THE GARDEN OF THE PHOENIX on Wooded Island. Help create a one-of-a-kind experience.

_September 16, Friday, 6 pm. Overnight Family Camping in the Parks- Jackson Park. Register in the CPD website, or call 312 742-7628 or the fieldhouse 773 256-0903. Orientation session avail.

Calendar of other events

September 14, Thursday, 5-7+ pm. Obama Foundation holds an open meeting with the foundation, museum and landscape teams at Regency McCormick Hyatt Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 2233 S. King Drive.

September 25, Monday, times tba prob. 4-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised plans and take public questions and comments in open format. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive. Makeup Sept. 27 at tba.

September 27 (provisional), Wednesday, 4-8 pm. Chicago Park District, Obama Foundation and JP Golf Alliance will present revised framework and project plans and take public questions and comments in open format. AT TBA- South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive?



_Saturdays, 11 am. WHITE CITY free TOURS of history, nature and the Columbian Exposition of 1893 footprint. Meet at the east side of Darrow Bridge (end of the parking accessed from LSD 58th Science Dr. pkg.) Lightning excepted. Ray Johnson, friendsofthewhitecity@gmail.com. special tours available- above email or commissioner752@comcast.net.

_September 11, Monday, 7 pm. Jackson Park Advisory Council meets at the fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island.

_September 14, Thursday. Senior Games. Those in Jackson Park- 10:30 am 5K race from 63rd St. Beachhouse. 1 pm Lawn Bowling.

_September 14, Thursday, 5-7+ pm. Obama Foundation holds an open meeting with the foundation, museum and landscape teams at Regency McCormick Hyatt Hotel, Regency Ballroom, 2233 S. King Drive.

_September 15, Friday, 11:30 am check-in. ADAPTIVE GOLF tournament.. Volunteers will be needed, and all are welcome. Info larry.labiak@chicagoparkdistrict.com. See Flyer and registration form.

_September 16, Saturday, 1:30- . 63rd St. Beach clean and other areas- meet a parking lot.

_September 19, Tuesday, 5:30 pm. Start of signup. Region CPD 2018 budget hearing. Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine.

_September 23, Saturday, 10 am-1 pm. Wooded Island Workday. From so end of Island. sjlevy@jeromelevylaw.com

_September 25, Monday, 4-8 pm and prob. Sept. 27, Wednesday, 4-8 at tba. Open House on updated or revised Framework Plan, Obama Center, and consolidated golf course. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive.

_September 30, Saturday, 1-? pm. National Public Lands Day cleanup at 63rd St. Beach.

_October 7, Saturday. CPD Volunteer Appreciation Day at Northerly Island.

_October 9? Date and location tba- JPAC monthly meeting.

_October 28, Saturday. Bobolink Meadow Workday 9-12. Wooded Island Workday 10-1.

 

VIEW PROJECT 120'S AERIAL VIDEO OF THE SOUTH PARKS https://vimeo.com/146694398

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Park District Board meetings- usually 2nd Wednesdays 3:30 pm 541 N. Fairbanks 8th Fl. (Register online to speak at PD website from Friday-Tuesday 5 pm preceding or in person by 3:30 day of.) http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/legistar. Note, the committees now meet as part of the board meetings. Some meetings- often one a quarter are held in parks- contact Candrice Ogletree to be placed on the e-announcement list. To speak- fill in the form at signuptospeak@chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Nov. 19 will be at a special time at Morgan Park Recl Ctr. See in Parks Home in this site.

There are many private lessons available in various sports in Jackson Park. One in golf for ladies is that of Robin Aikens, LPGA pro. http://www.chicagolandgolfacademy.uschedule.com keyword the trainer, such as Robin Aikens. Ask park supervisory Bobbie Beckam about opportunities.
And formal and informal grous that use the park various times of the year, such as Dare to Try, a disabilities training group that uses adaptive bikes, walking groups, zumba, kayaking, Sea Scouts, field teams...

Park information

Register for classes. Next online for next quarter- 1st Tuesday 2 months before start starting at 9 am. Go ahead of time to park district website and browse the programs/classes you want or the park and note and set up account and writed down checklist. On the day above, go into the site and register and pay (PayPal) - it may take time to complete or get confirmation and sme classes fill thire online quota very fast.
On site registration is on Sat. Saturday or Monday following- check list in website or call the park staff 773 256-0903.

PARK POINTS- REWARDS FOR (ESP. OVER 13) PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN YOUR PARK! or doing park-related things on social media, taking pics, attending events and conferences. http://www.chiparkpoints.com. Get them year around! and conjunction with Night Out In the Parks.

Are you 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.

If you have not checked out Park Points yet, visit www.chiparkpoints.com to register and start earning points now!

Engage.Earn.Redeem.

 

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Picture of the August 27 2011 Beach Sweep crew

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Above is a small sample of what you will see on the tours, the fabulous, refurbished Osaka Japanese Garden.

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Who, Where?

JPAC COMMITTEES

Fundraising and Development- contact Louise.
Sports and Fields. Chair is tba.
Dog Friendly/Exercise Park, Jackson Bark. Louise McCurry.
(visit
http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/the-dog-park---jackson-bark.htm. See also in the Jackson and Dogs page in this site.)-
Safety Security.
Nature. Stewards (see next), Trails and Nature Programs- Fran Vandervoort. and under Fundraising and program for now. Signage-memb. for now by appointment
Sports

Who is JPAC President Louise McCurry and what is her vision and agenda (at election as president 2010)?

Besides being a health care provider, Louise is/has been:

Member JPAC for approx. 15 years
•Avid hiker, biker, dog walker, kite flyer, past docent for the Notebaert Nature Academy and Field Museum
•Raised her children in HP
•Picks up trash and fills holes in JP
•In park several times a day and loves it.
•For past 20 years, in charge of the American Youth Soccer Organization in Hyde Park.

PLANS FOR JPAC
•[Build upon] our strength, our families and groups who use the Park
•Wants each group to choose a member to represent them in JPAC
•Must broaden base of volunteers
•Need committee to look at work of other PACs
•JPAC has many brilliant but inactive members expert in trees, birds, water conservation, child development, music in the parks, park history, etc. Let's get those people INVOLVED in working out volunteer programs and projects to improve the Park.
•The new web site for JPAC is important for communicating the work of JPAC, disseminating timely info about upcoming events. We want the website should be interactive, used by our friends.
•JPAC can be an important community resource where programs are carefully planned and speakers are invited to educate us.
•People should leave each meeting saying "I learned something I can really use." We should have coffee, tea, and healthy snacks at each meeting. People are more friendly when they break bread together.
•We are an amazing community resource, full of some of the brightest and most dedicated people on the South Side. I think together, we at JPAC can make a difference in how people enjoy and relate to Jackson Park.

This is adjusted from her position paper of November's (2010) JPAC meeting
SEE SOME OF JPAC'S INTERESTS AND PRIORITIES IN 2014

 

Jackson Park represents a portion of Frederick Law Olmsted's original South Park, designed in 1871. The park went on to become the site of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. With over 500 acres of parkland, Jackson Park consists of six interrelated zones:

Jackson park provides a continuum of recreational and leisure experiences. From boating to fishing, golf to soccer, field house to beach house, the range of recreational choices found at Jackson Park is unparalleled in Chicago.

Jackson Park is located on Chicago's mid South Lakefront between 5600 and 6700 between Stony Island Avenue (1600 east) and Lake Michigan. Principal arterial is South Lake Shore Drive; the cross-road is Hayes Drive at 6300 although Marquette Drive goes through the park just north of 67th. Stony Island Avenue on the west edge of the park connects to the Chicago Skyway to the south; 55th Street to the Dan Ryan expressway. Marquette at 6600 S.) Cornell Drive goes north-south through the west sid of the park between 67th and 57th Drive (the latter intersecting with the Drive).

The park is served by bus routes 6 (express to/from downtown-79th/South Shore; near-park stops: 56th-Hyde Park, Stony Island 57th to 67th, 67th to South Shore), 10 (Museums-seasonal, terminus north entrance to Museum of Science and Industry) 14 (express to/from downtown at Jeffery/67th stop), 15 (along Stony Island and 67th to Jeffery), 26 express (67th South Shore to Jeffery rush hour peak direction), 28 (Lake Park, Stony Island) and rush hour express from Union Station via Lake Shore Drive and S Hyde Park in Hyde Park, south on Stony to 103rd), 55/X55 (to Green Line, Red Line and Midway Airport, terminus Museum of Science and Industry), 59, 63, 67, 170, 171, 173 (last 3 loop University of Chicago and Hyde Park-Kenwood) and by Metra Electric (to downtown and the south suburbs). There are many bike trails through the park, including along the lake, but not many straight-through except Hayes and Marquette Drives, although a roundabout route over Darrow Bridge [currently closed] runs to the 59th St. underpass.

The park is shared with two important institutions: the Museum of Science and Industry (a Museum in the Parks) and La Rabida Children's Hospital. Our neighbors include the University of Chicago and other institutions including landmarked Robie House and Rockefeller Chapel. To our immediate north is famed Promontory Point, to our south the South Shore Cultural Center.

Other key structural park destinations in addition to the field house at 6401 S. Stony Island are the 63rd Street Beach House with Interactive Play Fountain, the Bowling Green and clubhouse south of Science Drive/5800, the 18-hole Golf Course centered at the Partee Golf Clubhouse southwest of Hayes and Richards, and the Golf Driving Range north of Hayes Drive and the harbors- we have three yacht clubs! Currently unused and awaiting a restaurant or concession are the former US Coast Guard station buildings.

Other major features: Statue of the Republic at Hayes and Richards Drive, Wooded Island (Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary and Osaka Japanese Garden), Bob-o-link Meadow, Perennial Garden at Stony/Cornell and Midway Plaisance (59th), Columbia Basin and Clarence Darrow Bridge south of Museum of Science and Industry, Landmarked 63rd St. Bathing Pavilion with Schiff interactive garden, emerging new dune habitat, drumming circle, and to the north the re-set old granite paver beach,, 57th Beach, 59th Marina, 'Iowa' building at 56th and South Shore, Jackson Park Harbor, the many soccer and other fields, the running track at Stony and 61st, and really neat bridges.

JPAC's interests and priorities (not in order)

Park Management
Headquarters
is the Field House at 6401 South Stony Island Avenue, 60637. 773 256-0903. Park Supervisor is Bobbie Beckam, bobbie.beckam@chicagoparkdistrict.com. 2nd Andrea Frink.

This is in turn directed by the Chicago Park District South Region (312 747-7661), Maya Solis, represented by Area Manager Farah Tunks, 773 324-0540. The region offices are at Tarkington Park, with the Area Manager at Washington Park.

Parks Security 312 747-2193.

Park Management- parts of the park are outsourced- the harbors to Westrec, the golf course to Billy Casper, concessions and comfort stations to Aramark, and parts of the natural areas and gardens to various firms.

Director for the South Region is Daphne Johnson, Area Manager Cordell Hopkins


Happenings at the field house/kids programs, 6401 South Stony Island Avenue, 60637, 773 256-0903. For more: go to our Recreation Directory and Parks Directory, Chicago Park District website, 312 742-PLAY, or get the quarterly program flyer at park field houses. Register on line (limited spaces) or in person. Park fieldhouse office: 773 256-0903.

Specials: open to all, and adults encouraged to come and observe even kid's programs.

Essay contests each January, February

JPAC lectures and workshops- so far at monthly meetings, additional being considered.

 

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Recreational facilities and opportunities at Jackson Park

Visit Jackson Park's Fitness Center. Purchase a fitness pass today and receive unlimited visits during the quarter, Monday-Friday 9:30 am-9:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Per-session also available. Jackson Park Field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 773 256-0903.

 

Outside providers of recreation in Jackson Park

Chicago Croquet Club plays at Jackson Park lawn bowling facility, south of 58th Science Drive west of Lake Shore Drive. Contact Dan Whalen, 773 269-2745 or call 312 943-9289. .

Golf

Sno-Gophers Ski Club and Indoors/Outdoors Golf. Training and outings for high schoolers at Jackson Park. www.sno-gophers.org. Jacqueline Beard. jib7732@ameritech.net. 773 978-0493.

A new company runs the 18-hole Jackson Park Golf Course, one of the first public courses west of the Appalachians. (312 747-2763) access course and Partee Club House south from Hayes Drive (6300) , the Golf Driving Range (312 747-2762) north from Hayes Drive past the soccer fields. Run by Kemper (find golf courses in phone book under Chicago Park District).

Jackson Park Golf Course. 18-hole Course. Partee Golf Clubhouse, 63rd and S. Lake Shore Drive, 312 747-2763

Jackson Park Golf Driving Range, 63rd and S. Lake Shore Drive, 312 747-2762.

Contact also Jackson Park Golf Association, 1718-20 E. 75th St., 60649, 773 493-8820 Note- moved or closed?

Lawn Bowling

Lakeside Lawn Bowling Club. Starts in May and goes well into fall. Lessons available. Regular play weekends and some weekday afternoons/evenings. Shares schedule with Croquet. Bowling green and clubhouse are south of 58th/Science Drive west of Lake Shore Drive. Open House Sunday June 12 2005.
Contact Tom Michael, 708 366-8228.

Soccer:

Youth Soccer and adult leagues play in the large suite of fields north of Hayes Drive up to the Golf Driving Range.751 Commissioner Louise McCurry sits on JPAC's board. Concerns include maintaining good and safe traffic, parking, and pedestrian flow, good security, well-kept fields, and good relations with other park users.

Youth: Visit the local website, www.AYSO751.org. Hotline 773 324-KICK. Bring to registration birth certificate or passport, health insurance card, parent photo ID, parent volunteer enthusiasm!
1100 boys and girls aged 4 1/2 to 19 in the fastest growing aerobic team sport in the country.
AYSO: Safe, Fun, Fair:

AYSO Adult Amateur League. Registers and plays at Jackson Park noon Saturdays. $30

Junior Bears, Windy City Hoops- contact the 3rd District Police. Contact the Field house or 5th Ward Office, 773 324-5555 also for info on TriMasters and other races and the Chicago Track Club.

Tennis (this will be checked for being current)

Jackson Park is a Tennis Welcome Center. Adult Competitive Tournament Tennis Program at Jackson Park. 59th at Inlet Harbor is now Friday and Saturday mixers! By Bally's and Hyde Park Tennis with US/Midwest Tennis Association.

US Tennis Association has Tennis Welcome Centers--one is at Jackson Park field house. On line browsing and locator with contacts now available. It includes guides to lessons. There is also a toll free number, 1-866 686-3036 and e-mail. Robert Velasco. 773 991-0231.
Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave. 773 430-3336, field house 773 256-0903. itt@tmail.com. Two sets of courts- south of 63rd at Stony Island north of field house, at 59th south of the 59th Marina Inlet west of Lake Shore Drive.

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A busy "underutilized" park

Increasing activity in our “underused” park

If Jackson Park is underutilized, as some say, why are JPAC meetings and officers so busy facilitating, evaluating and monitoring new and ongoing programs? And more requests (some competing) for dedicated or shared spaces, times or structures will be coming. Some of these we will encourage; for others we will seek changes or in our advisory role will oppose.

Among programs and activities discussed in the current and recent issues of the Newsletter are:
· A school-led education and activity program centered on the footprint of the Haiti Pavilion at the 1893 Columbian Exposition,
· Drumming concerts east of the 63rd Bathing Pavilion parking lot,
· Full sports fields- and the new pickleball,
· Nature Oasis programs, lots of tours on nature and history (White City)
- bike rides and races

And there's the very busy 63rd Bathing Pavilion with its highly popular Schiff legacy interactive play fountain, vast numbers of adult and youth soccer players, players of tennis, basketball, baseball and softball, users of the new track, large numbers of picnickers, golfers, lawn bowling and croquet players, fishers, birders and other strollers in the natural and other parts of the park, families at the playgrounds and picnic areas, swimmers and sunbathers, bicyclists especially on the lakefront, boaters in our 3 harbors, school teams readying for fall sports, visitors to the Museum and La Rabida Hospital, not to mention the kids in Park District and sponsorship programs both in our overcrowded field house and out in the playing fields.

While some parts of the park are lightly used- and provide room for relaxation, contemplationn, and escape from the city, some of our problems come from crowding. The lots along Hayes/63rd cannot handle all the cars at times and there is already as much ground given over to the auto as these parts of the park can tolerate. After all, having places people want to visit and use (including open land and nature preserve) is the highest and best use of park lands—and that’s why the city has recently given parks their own zoning designation and use-change review procedure. So stay tuned—better, involved—and do enjoy the Park.

One last word. We will do our part to push for facilities upgrades and guard against things that hurt the park or its usefulness. We ask that you exercise responsibility when in the park, whether with coals and flammables, litter, with your pets, getting proper permits for your group, or parking only in designated lots.
Gary Ossewaarde

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