Welcome to JPAC Newsletter online- February 2014

Jackson Park/JPAC homepage (http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac.html).
hydeparkrecord.org homepage (navigation)
hydepark.org Parks homepage

hydepark.org homepage

Visit JPAC's official website: http://www.jacksonparkadvisorycouncil.org. Find Facebook link there.
Visit also http://www.bluestem.info/Bobolink/

JPAC posts the monthly newsletter, with updates, to those who provide their email- garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.

Published by Jackson Park Advisory Council, a recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District, Chicago Illinois

Editor Gary Ossewaarde, JPAC Secretary. Hosted by hydepark.org, website of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (owner, hpkcc@aol.com) by Dot Easy and OnShore Communications

Look for Jackson and other Hyde Park-Kenwood park announcements in the Hyde Park Herald- In the Parks box in the calendar section.

Receive this newsletter by mail or by email by contacting Gary Ossewaarde -garyossewaarde@yahoo.com.

Newsletter introduction (see in pdf.)
January Minutes and announcements (see in pdf)
Darrow Bridge petition in pdf

Newsletter introduction

February 12, 2014

Jackson Park Advisory Council WILL meet Monday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. in the fieldhouse. Find attached the January minutes; the Darrow Bridge petition which includes why repair and reopening of this bridge matters. This letter is also attached.

There will be much to hear and discuss tonight, including progress report on efforts and support to have the Clarence DARROW BRIDGE repaired and reopened. This bridge links the east and west sides of the park including the parking lot to the east and the Wooded Island and Japanese Garden. Petitions will be available for signing. (It’s also attached here and online at http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/Newsletters/Petition-Darrow_Bridge_2014.pdf.

The agenda also includes Year Planning for our programming and work activity plans, communications including a new informational and sending approach to the Newsletter, reports and plans for meetings and outreach, thoughts about park programming and facilities, and more.

Save the dates and of interest:
February 22, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Hyde Park Historical Society annual dinner. Speakers Susan O’Connor Davis (whose new book includes much about the park) and restoration architect John Vinci. Awards will be given. Information and reservations: http://www.hydeparkhistory.org.

March 29, Saturday, 9 a.m.-1p.m. Annual Park Advocacy Conference by Friends of the Parks and Chicago Park District. Includes new topics this year. South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive. Parking onsite. For information and registration call 312 857-2757 x17.

Finally, JPAC wishes to express our profound appreciation of Erma Tranter’s 34 years of service to our parks through leadership of Friends of the Parks. We look forward to working with the new President.
If you have any questions or information to share, don’t hesitate to call Louise McCurry, president, 773 844-2225.

Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary

Jackson Park Advisory Council Minutes, January 13, 2014

Louise McCurry opened the meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse.

November minutes were distributed electronically and no corrections were noted. The December meeting was cancelled. Secretary Gary Ossewaarde noted that he has not been able to produce and mail newsletters the past couple of months due to illness and weather and will send electronic notices while pending a plan for the future of the mailed Newsletter and upgrade to an interactive website.

President’s report. In the news are proposals to provide “hydrological separation” between the Great Lakes and Mississippi basins, because of the threat of invasives such as Asian carp. Louise will bring to the Park District questions about whether such would have any effects on Jackson Park waters and ecologies or require changes here, and will express the council’s opinion that good circulation must be maintained in the harbors and lagoons.

The departments of transportation condemned and closed the Darrow Bridge to all uses. In light of impact of even a short closure on access to Wooded Island and Osaka Garden from the parking lot, which is east of the bridge, the role of the bridge as park connector, and the historic character of the bridge, JPAC has been working with the Park District and our elected officials, which are seeking funding for repair. The council endorsed seeking community support via letters and petitions for prompt funding and start to repairs.

Signage, and possibly a map in the park noting the Columbian Exposition and its footprint, is under discussion with the Park District.
The council supported our having a photo contest for youth and others, themed on the Columbian Exposition. Prizes were set at $50 and $25.

Naming of the north bridge to Wooded Island for Nancy Hays was on target for approval by the Park District, probably at the January board meeting [this did occur even though that meeting was moved]. A community dedication and celebration will be scheduled for spring, or as possible in light of closure of Darrow Bridge.

LaRabida Children’s Hospital dedicates its new outpatient facility with public officials Monday, February 10, 8 am. JPAC members were encouraged to attend.
Friends of the Park- Annual Luncheon February 6 features Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle on the Forest Preserves in the 21st Century, and honors councils, individuals, businesses and nonprofits who have helped advance the parks over the years.

Save the Date – March 29, morning- FOTP and CPkD annual parks and PACs Conference at South Shore Cultural Center. Reserve at 312 857-2757. JPAC members were encouraged to attend, and we will have posters.

Hyde Park Historical Society annual dinner is on February 22, 6:30 at Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. Main speaker is Susan O’Connor Davis, whose book on Historic Hyde Park and its architecture has much on the Park. Community awards will also be given. Go to http://www.hydeparkhistory.org for information and reservation.

Adjournment. Next meeting February 10, 7:30 p.m. at the fieldhouse.

Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary