Welcome to the August 2008 J.P.A.C Newsletter

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, Chicago. Editor Gary Ossewaarde
Sited in www.hydepark.org, owned by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, hpkcc@aol.com, adm. George Rumsey, and hosted by OnShore.

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JPAC assembled July 14, but took no actions due to lack of quorum. We have important business to conduct. Since the September meeting will be devoted a general community discussion of one item, it is important that we have a good turnout of members and friends August 11. Matters include:
• Scholarships and assistance for park programs and other matters of council finance
• Preparation for park budget hearings
• Progress on stewardship and improvement in the natural areas
• Update on the community garden and the Douglass monument
• Exciting mix of park programs
• Developments, planning, use changes that might impact the park
• Possible new council initiatives
• Application of new council guidelines

Advanced notice: On September 8, Monday, in place of the regular council meeting there will be a community public meeting convened by Alderman Leslie A. Hairston (5th) and JPAC at SOUTH SHORE CULTURAL CENTER, 7059 South Shore Drive, at 7:30 pm. Free parking is available at the Center, which is also served by Metra Electric and buses 6, 26 (southbound early) and 71.
The topic of this meeting is public consideration of a proposed sports activity and teaching facility to be built and run by Athletes for Excellence in a structure at and over the tennis courts southeast of the intersection of Cornell and Hayes (63rd) Drives.

News: A new predictive-modeling approach to swim bans is in testing at 63rd St. beach.

Natural Areas Workdays, 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm. Meet at Darrow bridge so. of MSI. Call Ross Petersen at 773 486-0505. August 9, 23, Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 11, 25, Nov. ?

Bird Walks with Doug Anderson in Jackson Park Wooded Island. Weds. 7 am, Sats. 8 am. Meet at Darrow bridge south of MSI. 773 493-7058.

Autumn program registration in progress- visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com, 773 256-0903.

August 28. Thursday 5th Ward monthly Olympic Task Force meeting- 6:30 pm. Will include a full discussion, including on successful minority and community participation, park and community benefits or negative impacts to be avoided, transportation, parking, ways to promote history and amenities.

September 6, Saturday, 10 am. The Chicago Park District holds its annual council and volunteers recognition day at Northerly Island Charter One Pavilion. Regulars should let us know if they will attend so we can give an estimate to the Park District. Gary at 773 947-9541 or

Save the date September 20, Saturday, 9-noon. Beach Sweep and Clean at Jackson Park. Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach TM as part of Ocean Conservancy Int’l Cleanup. Volunteers and team leaders will be needed. Look in www.greatlakes.org or contact Julia at jkelso@greatlakes.org, 312.939.0838 x229.