Welcome to the July 2009 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online.

Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District.
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Editor: Gary Ossewaarde

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JPAC Ross Petersen, President, 773 486-0505

Jackson Park Advisory Council meets monthly 2nd Mondays at the park fieldhouse,6401 S. Stony Island.


Front page (not available)- vitae and contacts, agenda for August 10, contents

August 10 agenda:

Agenda adjustments, Minutes, Guest presenters

Bylaw changes vote incl. change of quorum from 7 to 4; add'l will be entertained. see notice after minutes

Vote re change, Wooded Island Working Group walkthroughs

Park and progdam reports

Nature Committee report

Other rports, old new business, announcements


Page 2- July 13 minutes; announcements


July 13, 2009

The meeting was opened at 7:35 p.m. by Ross Petersen, a quorum being present. The June minutes were approved.

Nature Committee report. Ross Petersen described the work of the Wooded Island Working Group. Coordinated by Friends of the Parks and including Chicago Park District Department of Natural Resources, JPAC, stakeholder groups and experts, WIWG has considered and planned the plantings and removal template for the Island and dealt with any disagreement over the same. Petersen expressed gratitude for the work of WIWG. Its main work being done, the parties are now considering return of the subject to the advisory council, with there being two open walk through meetings, to include experts, at a weekday date in June and September to be mutually determined. The council placed the proposed change on the August agenda for a vote.

Administration and bylaws. Petersen moved, with second and approved, to place on the August agenda a vote to change bylaws to allow a quorum of 4 rather than 7. (See announcement below.)

Olympics. Guest Tom Tresser of No Games Chicago presented on past and prospective Olympics. (Chicago 2016 has held several presentations and open discussions at our meetings.) Among problems he saw are that Olympics draw funds from general upkeep, services, and improvements for parks and neighborhoods, that the Olympics and city, as with several other Olympics, could suffer revenue shortfall putting taxpayers at risk during a prolonged downturn, displacement of park users, threats to natural areas, illusory benefits, and abridgement of process and rights. He believes these are substantial enough that people should take a stand.

The council discussed what it should or can say about concerns over about the Olympics, especially outside Jackson Park. Summaries were distributed by the Secretary of past resolutions and correspondence and copies of press coverage of the July 2007 meeting, when JPAC opposed venues in Jackson Park. It was noted that venues were since removed from near sensitive nature areas and playing fields to a location across from Hyde Park Career Academy. The Secretary also shared correspondence and reply with 2016, viewing keeping or rebuilding the running track presently at the venue. The council took no actions, but the Secretary would take questions or proposed resolutions in written form at garyossewaarde@yahoo.com or via 773 947-9541. Members were encouraged to attend the many meetings being held for Olympic input.

Park budget hearings. The preliminary round was announced for July 15; the second if possible would announced in the Newsletter. Also announced: a family “Sandtastic” event at 63rd St. Beach July 25, 11 a.m-3 p.m.

Park and Program. Area manager Cordell Hopkins and Park Supervisor William Tillis. Programs are near capacity at 120 for Junior Bears and 238 in day camp. Cheerleading goes strong. No scholarship aid was needed due to adequate funding for partners. Mr. Tillis was asked to prepare a list of park capital or other needs for JPAC to consider for the budget hearings.

Members were appalled about a huge permitted party that inconvenienced park users and traffic and left damage and a long cleanup task around 63rd and Cornell.

The meeting was adjourned at 8;45 p.m. Next meeting August 10, Monday, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse.

Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde , Secretary********************

##### Notice: Bylaws changes are proposed for vote and new can be proposed at the August 10 and September 14 mtgs. Those proposed include (1) a change in quorum from 7 to 4 and (2) complete revision, previously distributed except for (1) and proposed for final vote in September and can be viewed online in http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/bylawsnew.htm or at the fieldhouse in the JPAC binder starting early August.

******Park District South Region 2010 budget hearing. September 10, Thursday, 6 pm. South Shore Cultural Center.

Wooded Island Volunteer Workdays. 2nd and 4th Saturdays 10-1. Darrow Bridge south of MSI. Ross 773 486-0505. August 8, 22; September 12, 26; October 10, 24, November ? 14, ?

Bird Walks. Saturdays at 8 a.m. Meet at Darrow Bridge south of MSI.

Lawn Bowling and Croquet on the Bowling Green se of MSI. Bowling Tu 7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 1-3 p.m.

5th Ward: Harbor Day for Seniors Aug. 20, Back to School Picnic Aug. 30, Ward mtgs. CAPS 331. Call 773 324-5555.