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Welcome to the June 2009 J.P.A.C. Newsletter on line

Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District.

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.


June 2009 minutes and announcements

June 8, 2009 JPAC meeting
Ross Petersen called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.. A quorum was not present. No problem was found with the May minutes.

Some native plants have been put in Wooded Island. The amount expended was $10, as plants ordered did not materialize from the grower. Successful workdays were held on the Island, including an extra one with University of Chicago students. Noted was that neither the Park District nor its contractors have sufficient staff to keep up with growth in the natural areas and that problems with lagoon water level controls kills shore-emergent plants. There are no longer environmental internships or youth crews for the park. So increased volunteers for the workdays are essential.
Preparation work started on a new beachland feature and natural area at 63rd Street; plans have been shared with the council. Hope was expressed that once done it will be maintained.

Concern was expressed about reduced beach hours and lifeguard protection. Hours were about 8:30 am-8 pm but are now 11 am to 6 pm. A fast method to predict need for a swim ban is in use, but frequency of traditional testing has been cut back.

Lack of security resulting in undesired behaviors were reported for Wooded Island, the 63rd Cornell lot, and Darrow Bridge areas of the park. The bridge has been damaged by fires repeatedly set under the bridge.

Members were disappointed that park district presence above the supervisor level at our meetings has all but disappeared and the frequency of park walk-throughs with council members is reduced. The council has made many accommodations to new Park District procedures, it was noted, but seems not to get the attention needed for this historic park in a time of severe cutbacks.

Good articles appeared in the Tribune and Hyde Park Herald reporting on the Frederick Douglass memorial marker dedication. The marker is on the path south of the bowling green, just west of the bike path that parallels Lake Shore Drive on the west side of the drive. There is parking off Lake Shore Drive at 58th Street or the Museum east lot.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m. Next meeting Monday, July 13. 7:30 p.m., field house.
Respectfully submitted, Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary

Volunteer Workdays. 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Work with the Park District to clear non-native invasives and otherwise maintain a healthy, wildlife-friendly habitat and oak savannah in Wooded Island and Bob-o-link Meadow. Meet at Darrow Bridge south of the Museum at 10 a.m. Ross Petersen, 773 486-0505.
Bird walks continue on Wooded Island Saturdays at 8 a.m. Meet at Darrow Bridge south of the Museum. 773 403-7058.

Lawn Bowling and Croquet at the Bowling Green. Lawn bowling days are Tuesdays at 7, Saturdays and Sundays 1-3. Please wear flat shoes. All else provided. Tom Michael, 708 366-8228. For croquet club, call Tom O’Laughlin at 773 631-1422.