Welcome to the May 2008 J.P.A.C Newletter

Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, Chicago Illinois

An advisory council registered with the Chicago Park District

Editor Gary M. Ossewaarde

Hosted in www.hydepark.org, Administrator George W. Rumsey

In this Newletter: Front Page (to be inserted later); April 14 2008 Minutes with announcements

Jackson Park Advisory Council April 14, 2008 meeting minutes

Ross Petersen convened the meeting at 7:34 pm, a quorum being present. Noted was that the front page should now list “Officers” rather than “Interim.” Fran Vandervoort moved approval of the minutes; second, adoption.

President’s report. Ross Petersen reported on a meeting of representatives of several councils (Fran Vandervoort and Petersen representing Jackson) with Chicago Park District concerning council guidelines. Controversial items were removed or will receive another look, and the 2000 Guidelines will be the foundation for new guidelines to be reviewed by a joint committee. Petersen noted general agreement that certain processes need tighter controls, such as involvement with programs for children, fundraising and financial reporting. He suggested JPAC consider working with a recognized fiscal agent, perhaps Friends of the Parks. Petersen praised JPAC’s written response and suggested revisions to the earlier proposal, prepared by officers Gary Ossewaarde, Petersen, and Vandervoort.

Nature Committee. Petersen reported successful controlled burns in the natural areas. Beaver activity is up but so far does not pose a problem for the natural areas. Growing Power is developing the Jackson Park community teaching garden. There will be both personal and communal plots. Information on how to sign up will be posted in the fieldhouse. Those who will read these minutes are encouraged to call the fieldhouse, 773 256-0903 for same.

Park and Program. Terry Jones, Physical Instructor, described spring and summer programs, designed to involve participants in every major sport as well as teach life skills. Our teams were second in basketball citywide in both 8-12 and 7-10 divisions. Table tennis is being considered as an addition. Go Girls Go includes posture, nutrition, and keeping daily journals. Jones noted that the summer program (now on line at the park district website) costs $55 for 10 weeks, a real bargain. If programs are overfilled, staff is moved from parks or programs less filled. Noted also is that the park district website lists job opportunities, including summer, with their qualifications and a form for downloading.

Organizational change. Alonzo Williams, who has been Lakefront region director and is now citywide Deputy Director of sports and recreation program services, announced that for budgetary and operational needs the lakefront has been consolidated into the other three regions, bounded at 51st Street and North Avenue. Jackson Park is now in the South Region, Liz Millan Region Manager and A. J. Jackson Area Manager. Williams introduced Millan, who was warmly received. Millan works from Tarkington Park, with a satellite office at South Shore Cultural Center. Mr. Jackson will be the direct manager and contact and liaison to JPAC. Milan provided the region office number, 312 747-7661, her direct line 312 747-6880, and cell 773 398-6880.

Other business. Petersen noted an important 5th Ward community meeting on Olympics impacts, input and planning April 24, 6:30 pm at the fieldhouse. Alderman Hairston, represented in lieu of Rosalind Moore by Charisse Linder, requested an ongoing JPAC liaison to ward Olympic planning. By general consent Geneva Calloway and Gary Ossewaarde were selected.

Progress on items on the park walkthrough/observers punchlist was reviewed: Agreed: areas at underpasses and embankments with blowing sand need plant establishment. Wallach Fountain repairs are a capital budget issue. Markers along bike paths have been adjusted. The boardwalk will have sand removed once per week. Balisters at the Marina bridge are issues for Chicago Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, all stated needs and requests re drummers circle have been met including the inside circle, signage and lighting.

Details and alternatives of the planned Frederick Douglass Memorial were discussed with Barry Rapoport. The fund was nearly at the level needed for park district commitment, but a goodly sum is needed for the entire project. Contributions should be sent to the Parkways Foundation, noting on the check “For Frederick Douglass Memorial.”

The meeting was adjourned c. 9 pm. Next meeting Monday, May 12, 2008, 7 pm, 6401 S. Stony Island (fieldhouse).
Respectfully submitted, Gary M. Ossewaarde, Secretary


We regret any miscommunication (March NL) regarding marking of invasive trees proposed for consideration for phased removal over three years. Questions? Zhanna Yermakov 312 742-4122, Ross Petersen, 773 486-0505.

Please attend 5th Ward Olympic meetings on 4th Thursdays 6:30 pm at the fieldhouse. Next, on transportation issues will be on May 22. CTA, Metra, and more are being invited, in addition to reps. from Chicago2016.

Natural areas volunteer work Saturdays May 10, 24, June 14, 28… Sometimes extras. Meet at the Darrow Bridge south of the Museum 10 am. Lasts to 1 pm. Call Ross Petersen, 773 486-0505.