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


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

Officers: Ross Petersen, President; Fran Vandervoort, Vice President; Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary; Dwight Powell, Treasurer; At-Large board members: Geneva Calloway, Vernita Jones, Louise McCurry

Editor: Gary Ossewaarde.

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Jackson Park Advisory Council normally meets 2nd Mondays, 7:30 pm at Jackson Park field house, 6401 S. Stony Island Avenue.

Next meeting January 8 2009. Agenda

Agenda adjustments, Minutes

Guests- incl. Tyrone Mason of proposed ACE Sports Training Facility

ACE- discussion, possible decision on position

MSI southwest project- discussion, decision on position

Nomination and election of officers

Bylaws discussion, possible vote but likely vote at next meeting

Park and Program

Nature Committee

Other reports, Old and new business



Notice and Minutes, December 8, 2008



Our annual meeting and election is planned for Monday, January 12, 7:30 pm, field house, 6401 S. Stony Island. Nominations are now open and can be made from the floor. At the December 8 meeting, nominated for re-election were: Officers: President, Ross Petersen. Vice President, Frances S. Vandervoort. Secretary, Gary M. Ossewaarde. Treasurer, Dwight E. Powell. At-large spokespersons: Geneva Calloway, Vernita Jones, Louise McCurry.

We will also discuss proposed revised bylaws. Copies of proposed, current JPAC and the Park District’s suggested bylaws are in the field house binder and have been distributed to persons eligible to vote January 12. Online link: http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/jpacbylaws.htm. To discuss bylaws before January 12, contact the Secretary (see next). Wording ideas should be in writing. (Currently voters must be attending 4th meeting in the past 12.)

OUR 2009 FUND DRIVE IS UNDERWAY. CALL GARY, 773 947-9541, garyossewaarde@yahoo.com TO PARTICIPATE.

News: The Olympic hockey venue is now moved from north of Hayes Dr. near lagoons to the Hyde Park High area.

Minutes of the December 8, 2008 JPAC Council Meeting

Ross Petersen convened the meeting at 7:35 pm, a quorum being present. There being no objection, the agenda was adjusted for presentations, and the November minutes were approved as presented.

Our new account being active, upon motion from Petersen and second from Esther Schechter, the council approved reimbursement of Frances Vandervoort for our $100 annual membership with our fiscal agent, Friends of the Parks.

Presentation by Museum of Science and Industry: the southwest quadrant reconfiguration. Presenters included Mary Krinock, A. Elizabeth Miller and Jennifer Christakes of MSI; Bernard Jacobs, chief designer, Jacobs and Ryan; Dan Rest of Lible Engineering; and Ellen Sargent , CPD project manager with Natural Resources.

The project involves a complete redesign of the area southwest of the museum to address—in a pioneering green, sustainable and attractive way—problems with drainage, the group entrance, bus staging (drop off and pick up), lot, deliveries and trash pickup. The site would also become a teaching venue. Devices to handle excessive rains and snow from that sector and also from the north side parking garage would include new piping, porous pavement, bio swales and rain gardens, gravel beds, separators, and cisterns. We were assured that great engineering care is taken, in consultation with the Park District, that last-resort discharge into the Columbia Basin will be clean and not enough to disturb shore plantings. The team was urged to do its best to eliminate past problems with trash handling and facilities. Project funding includes federal SAFETEA transportation grants and is slated to start in 2010. The team will return regularly with updates, and the council agreed to render its position on the project as soon as practicable.

ACE sports teaching facility, proposed for the tennis court area southeast of Hayes and Cornell Drives. Council members presented and discussed prepared questions with the program’s leader Tyrone Mason. Discussion centered on ensuring breadth and demand for the program, strong and sustainable financial setup, and use of the park. Mason will return with detailed answers in January, and JPAC will take its position then or as soon thereafter as possible.

Park and Program. William Tillis, Jackson Park Supervisor. Tillis announced a six million parks repair program. Submitted for Jackson Park include the Darrow Bridge deck and fence and several walks and lots in poor condition. Tillis announced Junior Bears team took second in city championships. 75 turkeys were given for Thanksgiving. JPAC approved $200 for kids’ Christmas gifts (motion-Petersen, 2nd Vandervoort) and ~$350 set aside for the high school essay contests Jan. 15, Feb. 15, Feb. 28 (motion-Petersen, 2nd Zelia Stevens); members will help judge the latter.

Adjournment. Next meeting January 12.

Respectfully submitted,
Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary