The official website of Jackson Park Advisory Council is http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Also on Facebook.
MEETINGS AND EVENTS details. GENERAL MTG. SEPTEMBER 9.
Workdays- Wooded I resch JULY 27. Bobolink September 14, Columbia Basin Aug 24 and Sept. 14, 63rd St. Beach Nat Area August 17 and Sept. 21. Wooded Island August 24 and Sept. 21. And several specials (contact Louise)
SPRING 2019 CALENDAR (printable pdf page, updated reg.)
MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER. APRIL NEWSLETTER. MAY NEWSLETTER. JUNE NEWSLETTER with On The Table MEMO TO THE MAYOR. MEMO. JULY. AUGUST. SEPTEMBER.
Archive of Newsletters
Direct link to mobile phone app tour "Jackson Park in Your Pocket" https://explore.vamonde.com/adventure/jackson_park_in_your_pocket/1/76 (also in major app stores)
NEWS AND BULLETINS PAGE. See a rebuttal on report re Darrow Bridge Aug. 2019.
MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS through AUGUST 2019. Run of 2019 minutes.
SEE about OPC, roads et al- go to Obama Center page and Section 106 page in this website and update page
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 email@example.com. Always 911 if serious or danger.
WHAT'S HERE: GENERAL INFO AND LINKS. INDEX AND NAVIGATOR. EVENTS/WHAT'S NEXT. ABOUT JACKSON PARK.
2019 JPAC MEMBERSHIP FORM
New link to Bobolink Meadow workdays and volunteering- http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Workday May 12 9 am.
Minutes and Resolutions (incl. now AUGUST 2019) Links there to runs of 2018, 2019 minutes.
INDEX TO NEWSLETTERS.
MAY 2018. JUNE 2018. JULY 2018. AUGUST 2018. SEPTEMBER 2018. OCTOBER 2018. NOVEMBER 2018.
DECEMBER 2018. JANUARY 2019. FEBRUARY 2019. MARCH 2019. APRIL 2019. MAY 2019. JUNE 2019. JULY 2019. AUGUST 2019. SEPTEMBER 2019.
See meetings and events-
Find latest on Darrow Bridge in the JPAC News and Bulletins page.
Link to Archeological Survey in Jackson Park (announced Nov 2017)- https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements.
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.
Obama Presidential Center- https://obama.org/updates/ (incl. /communitycommitment), www.cityofchicago.org/ops
to a wonderful New York Times article on how great parks make great cities and
TO NEWS AND BULLETINS PAGE.
Run of meeting MINUTES AND RESOLUTIONS including now AUGUST 2019
PROJECT 120 and Skylanding (& Project 120's Skylanding site)
GLFER ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION PROJECT.
Obama Center. New- Section 106 Envir/Historic Review for OPC. Short updage page
A Timeline of Jackson Park. History and historic features.
New- 1978 proposal on the Japanese Garden and Ho-o-den by Hyde Parker and past JPAC and HPKCC officer George Cooley.
FACEBOOK PAGE- (please like us) https://www.facebook.com/JacksonParkAdvisoryCouncil/
JPAC'S OFFICIAL WEBSITE- jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. ....events/ (LOTS OF NEW FEATURES! AND PICTURES)
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.
New link to Bobolink Meadow workdays and volunteering- http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Workday Aug 11 9 am.
Bylaws link to
COME CELEBRATE THE PEACE HEADS now installed west of the Iowa Building.
Wooded Island Access opened permanently, visit Skylanding
Next JPAC meeting February 11, 7 pm fieldhouse.
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 JPAC's raved-about website, jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org/events.
(to go directly to January calendar add after events/2018-cal)
You can print the membership form and mail it in.
Participation/becoming a member.
OFFICERS elected December 2018. President Louise McCurry, Vice President Anne Marie Miles, Secretary Gary Ossewaarde, Treasurer Dwight Powell. Auxiliary board members: Jake Young (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. Programs Dawn Posey. Transportation Sharon Lewis. Relay safety concerns to Kenneth Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JPAC golf proposal
review committee July 17 report- conditional endorsement of golf consolidation
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 and South Framework Plan will be announced.
We are pleased to announce that Wooded Island was opened permanently for all visitors. Best parking is near the south end. Fences The fences are now mostly down.
Bridge rebuttal. August 13, 2019. The
Hyde Park Herald issue of August 14 2019 inaccurately reports Louise McCurry
as telling a tour August 10 by Preservation Chicago that there is no merit in
rebuilding Darrow Bridge.
McCurry, in her rebuttal letter to the Herald said she said the opposite, and "I explained that JPAC had initiated the Darrow Bridge rebuilding project with CDOT to get the Darrow Bridge AKA Columbia Bridge rebuilt. We partnered with CDOT to get the current rebuilding plans realized. I described the three times it had been rebuilt in history but made no inference that it " yet remains unsafe to use". We are enthusiastically working to get this bridge rebuilt. I described that we had been told by CDOT that Phase 1 was complete and were hopeful it would be done soon. Rebuilding this Darrow Bridge has been a JPAC project for the past 10 years."
Bridge "sale offer" was mistaken offer of left over materials- will
be replicated .
December 13, 2017. Darrow Bridge offered “for sale,” per CDOT interpretation of law when a replication not reconstruction… countermanded from Landmarks Comission and state preservation agency.
The bad news is CDOT has determined that little if any of the currently-closed historic Columbia (aka Clarence Darrow Memorial) bridge is in condition to be reused—in which case the old must be offered to a party that might reconstruct it elsewhere under strict conditions. Up to 95% of the stones are assessed fractured or otherwise unsalvageable and metal is rusted. We expect to hear more on the basis and evidence for the determination that the new bridge needs to be a structure of new material (a “replication” rather than one of the higher legal “solutions”- reconstruction, repair, or rehabilitation.) A guess is that CDOT considers there is not enough usable material, and mixing to be too costly and/or structurally dubious. Certainly, we hope, at least that some of the visible, very historic ornamentals such as some railings can be incorporated.
In March agreement between historic agencies and CDOT stipulted the deck will be new, as will concrete pylons covered with as much of the original stones as usable and available. In March 2019 it was still stalled in Springfield and postponed at least 2 years.
March 2019 it was confirmed that the rebuilding is stalled in Sprinfield and, even if approvals come soon, work will not start before 2021. We seek clarifiction and advocacy including on what funds are available for construction.
The bridge is historic under National Register standards and is a state bridge. The whole park was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and also became a Chicago Landmark as part of the Museum of Science and Industry designation. It was first built in 1880 by Burnham and Root as East (or North Pond) bridge, underwent at least two major reconstructions and expansions for and shortly after the World’s Fair, and was twice repaired in the 20th century. In 1957 it gained the further cachet of being named the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge. Qualifying features include its unique balustrades and its truss style typical of bridges placed throughout the Columbian Exposition but later demolished or replaced.
It is also a key connector across the park, and the paths all the way between Stony Island and the Lakefront are considered part of this project. Olmsted twice incorporated it into his plans of curving pathways, in this case then intended to carry light touring traffic in an oval defining the north sector of the park. Its vistas, as Olmsted intended, are among the most stunning in the park. And Clarence Darrow, a community and national figure and intimately associated with the bridge, adds great luster and is the occasion for a major annual gathering at the bridge (where his ashes were scattered) on the anniversary of his death March 13, 1938.
The replacement must be historically true in accord with the National Environment Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Under guidelines of the Department of Interior and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency there are four levels of repairs and reconstructions- in this case it would be a “replication,” meaning most or all the material is new but must be in accord with the old. Beyond the question of necessity for a completely new structure, is how much and in what ways it must be like the old. This is being wrestled by designers and in the series of public meetings already started. The new bridge will be just for pedestrians and bicyclists, and in any case railings et al have to be up to modern safety codes. Often, new materials are less costly or lighter, or the original materials (including stones from an original quarry) are not available. Another particular consideration here is public access to the underside of the bridge—in the various early versions it was sometimes open below, and again after the reconstruction of Columbia Basin edge c. 2004. But at other times the lower level was sloped and blocked, inadvertently preventing exploration and fishing but also preventing setting destructive heating and cooking fires. The bridge has already undergone extensive documentation including boring and tectonics and initial design options.
If not to be reused, the bridge must be publicly offered as a whole to anyone who can show in a proposal by 4 p.m. February 28 that they can finance and document the move and reconstruction of the entire structure and maintain and use it as spelled out under the Act. If no party steps forward and is accepted, parts of the dismantled bridge can be given to members of the public to use for educational purposes, not for resale.
When the bridge was closed as unsafe in 2015, JPAC led a drive to ensure its reconstruction. After fits and starts, approval and a $5 million grant was obtained through CMAP (Metropolitan Agency for Planning). Applications to replace the bridge have not yet been filed. Ongoing approvals are needed from the IHPA and other agencies, as well as public comment and integration into the Framework. Construction- 2019?
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 DARROW BRIDGE ACROSS THE PARK AND TO PARKING TO ITS EAST IS FIRMLY CLOSED.
More info: contact Jerry Levy at email@example.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.
Public meeting(s) and task force in 2018. We do not know whether its Federal
(Historical) Review has issued a recommendation on effects (no, no adverse,
or adverse) of plan for historic reconstruction.
THIS PAGE meetings, workdays, events, links to much more including Newsletters...
JOIN, CONTRIBUTE TO JPAC- PRINTABLE 2019 FORM. Or go online in jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org.
PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR JACKSON PARK- Read more about the projects in Jackson Park News and Bulletins including Project 120. ACE GLIFER habitat.
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 elected to 1-year terms Dec. 10, 2018: President Louise McCurry (773 844-2225), VP Anne Marie Miles,
Secretary Gary firstname.lastname@example.org 773 947-0541, Treasurer Dwight Powell, 773 288-4943, email@example.com.
At large advisory for membership and web/media: Jake R. Young, Cherry Theard. Nature Tail Steward Fran Vandervoort.
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
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 July 2019
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-)
Army Corps Habitat project in its own page. March 6 2015 report from CPD project manager
Obama Pres. Center in its own page. Section 106 Env/Hist Review for the OPC. (City site https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements)
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 aBout new process and Plan 2018 visit www.southlakefrontplan.org.
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.
GENERAL MEETING-- SEPTEMBER 9, FIELDHOUSE
Agenda suggestions can be sent to the president at firstname.lastname@example.org. Usually 2nd Mondays at 7.
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)
MEETINGS, TOURS, EVENTS. (more) events -
SEE FULL updated SPRING 2019 CALENDAR in pdf printable page.
Federal Review-Historical. General site incl Inventory: https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements. Adverse effects docs-
Comments by Aug. 30 to email@example.com.
Visit surveys and comment post walls from southframeworkplan.com and obama.org. www.cityofchicago.org/OPC.
Information about the IHAS Archeological Survey for proposed Jackson Park Improvements.
Meetings and Updates
(ENVIROMENTAL REVIEW- SEE IMMEDIATELY ABOVE.)
Section 106 Environmental and Historical Review March 29 (occurred)- see in our page for findings, background.
The reports are at https://tinyURL.com/jpimprovements. Send comments to DPD@cityofchicago.org.
The actual urls of the Historic Inventory, Appendices, and Archeology reports are https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/2018-03-19-HPI-Report.pdf. https://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/supp_info/jackson/Appendices.zip.
And now up is a Tutorial on the Highway 4(f) review. More reprots will appear from the tinyurl website.
30-day public comment period ends April 19. The Effects assessment and possible recommended mitigations phase starts with meeting in May. Summaries of findings and background is in our page,www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/Section_106_OPCMobilityHistoricReview_2017.htm.
FALL 2019. THOSE OVERSEEING THE 4 REVIEWS WILL PUBLISH THE FULL REPORTS ON IMPACTS/EFFECTS (PRO AND CON) OF THE PROPOSED PROJECTS ON JACKSON PK, MIDWAY PL., AND ADJACENT PARTS OF HYDE PARK, WOODLAWN, AND SOUTH SHORE. (This will be the first comprehensive survey of the park(s).) THE REPORTS WILL BE COMBINED THEN THERE WILL BE A 30 DAY COMMENT PERIOD, AFTER WHICH IT MOVES TO RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REMEDIATION IF ANY.
Federal Review-Historical. General site incl Inventory: https://tinyurl.com/JPImprovements. Adverse effects docs-
Comments by Aug. 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturdays through summer 11 am from east end of Darrow Bridge- White City Columbian Expo tours.
Bobolink Meadow usually 2nd Saturdays 9-12 Meet at south end. email@example.com. 9 am-noon.
Meet at south end of meadow. September 14......
New link to Bobolink Meadow workdays and volunteering- http://www.bobolinkvolunteers.org. Workday
63rd St. Beach Natural Area Workday 3rd Saturdays 10-12. August 17
Columbia Basin natural area workdays. August 24, September 14, Saturday, 10 am-noon. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wooded Island Workday 4th Saturday, 10-1. AUGUST 24. Meet at South bridge to Island. email@example.com.
MORE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES - (there more and updated and details- go to schedule in detailed events/activities)
More in Main events section
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"
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
General, information, organization
Contact, Officer Information/Membership.
2019 MEMBERSHIP FORM
Join the Newsletter mailing list (no charge)-firstname.lastname@example.org.
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) There is a link to runs of 2018, 2019 minutes in pdf.
Council Bylaws (rewritten Dec. 2010 as amended 2014 2015 and 2016) (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)
JULY 2019 PRINTABLE