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Welcome to the July 2007 J.P.A.C. Newsletter on line.

July 2007, Volume 14, Issue 7. Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, an official advisory body to the Chicago Park District.

Editor Gary M. Ossewaarde at hpkcc@aol.com.

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In this issue:


Minutes of the June 11, 2007 JPAC meeting

Ross Petersen convened the meeting at 7:35 pm. Rosalind Moore was present from Alderman Hairston’s office. Petersen moved the minutes of the May meeting; approved.

Special notice; elections. Petersen announced that President Nancy Campbell Hays passed away. This was received with great sadness and expressions of appreciation for her many years of devoted work for the council and extraordinary life of service and accomplishment. A memorial service was announced for June 23.

Petersen announced that the bylaws require a special election. By consent, nominations were opened for all offices and a slate will be discussed at the July 9 meeting, with election expected at the August 13 meeting. Voting by proxy was favorably considered. (Ed. note: The bylaws, however, provide that “a person may vote at the fourth meeting attended within a consecutive 12-month period… there shall be no voting by proxy.”)

Maintenance and repair issues. Geneva Calloway and Vernita Jones, board members at large and members of our “park visitation” committee presented a list of issues with park upkeep, several, they noted, of standing since 2005 and reflecting a growing deterioration. Amelioration strategies were discussed by members and Lakefront Director Alonzo Williams. Among facilities are underpasses and their slopes, other issues with sand blowing and its removal, overgrown foliage, water fountains, paths, and the Darrow Bridge—including handrails and bollards. Among improvements definitely planned within the next year are the drive at the golf driving range and the Hayes/Cornell lot, which will be presented at a future council meeting.

Maintenance schedule for several upkeep items including sand on the boardwalk were described. Strategies for handling parking on grass and unacceptable behaviors were discussed, including new signage and policing procedures. A walkthrough was held by police and park district staff. Kemper was criticized for slowness to address the falling fence at the golf driving range. Alderman Hairston is seeking “no barbecuing” signs along 67th Street. (Williams added that barbecuing is allowed only where red cans for hot coals are set out.) Williams said he can be reached about matters needing attention at 312 742-6241.

Park and program. Terry Jones, Instructor, with William Tillis, Park Supervisor, discussed the expanded and popular programs for youth at the park. Enrollment was running well ahead of this point last year and they urged that kids and parents not delay signing up, especially since prices this year are very low. They thanked JPAC for providing trophies for the spring awards banquet. The council has also provided a contingency appropriation for needy players. The June 1 showcase and June 8 awards banquet in the gym were highlights this spring. Track and field placed well and is going to the state tournament. Summer highlights are special camps for tennis, Junior Bears and cheerleading—all free. The public kickoff party is June 18, 4-5:30 pm. The football program continues in various forms through fall and will culminate in an open banquet in December. The fieldhouse also has an active parents club and a dance troupe. Coordination of camp with park cleanup is under consideration.

Nature Committee. A meeting of parties was again being rescheduled on a protocol for natural areas removals and replanting. The meeting may be open to interested involved persons, who can contact Williams or Petersen for details. Petersen stressed the need to resolve the issues and that the park district have a workday oversight person at volunteer activities.

Old and new business. Tributes were given for Nancy Hays, ways to honor her discussed.
Members asked about new marina plans, noting serious JPAC concerns stated last year.
Barry Rapoport described and shared views of various commemorative boulders in the park.
The meeting was adjourned at 9 pm. Next meeting July 9 in the field house.

Respectfully submitted
Gary Ossewaarde



Editor’s note. Our treasurer and South Side parks activist Tibor Heisler passed away since the meeting.

July 2. Community mtg. on Olympics held by 4th, 5th ward aldermen. Washington Park Refectory, 5531 Russell (south of 55th east of the fieldhouse). For time call the 5th Ward office, 773 324-5555.
Wooded Island workdays 2nd and 4th Saturdays 10-1. 7/14 and 28, 8/11 and 25, 9/8 and 22. 773 486-0505.
Movie at the running track: July 6, dusk. Akeelah and the Bee. 773 256-0903.