Welcome the November 2008 J.P.A.C Newsletter online

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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 Monday, November 10, 2008

Agenda includes minutes, major financial and other resolutions necessary for conduct of business and conformity to revised Chicago Park District Guidelines. A quorum is needed for these votes.
Guests may include from the Museum of Science and Industry regarding changes to south entry and landscaping.
Updates on park programs, state, improvements and natural areas. Park District budget requests.


Jackson Park Advisory Council October 14 council meeting minutes

Ross Petersen called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. As the meeting was short of a quorum, no actions were taken but information and discussion were shared.

Review of September 8 special community meeting on proposed ACE domed sports facility.
Members said they were disappointed that placement was limited to one place, and in this historic public park, and that the meeting seemed controlled. Members were concerned about financial sustainability and perpetuity, that demographics to support it may be overestimated, that the project may be underwritten by unspecified bonds, and that too little is known about the size and structure of the board and underwriters. Members were pleased about free-use opportunities but wondered if the facility is sufficiently distinctive and more accommodating to the general public than existing South Side facilities including Bally’s XS Tennis and Golf and the Y’s. Unknown: the state of negotiations between ACE and CPD or CPD’s position. Further discussion was tabled pending more information.

Park and Field house. William Tillis, Park Supervisor, described fall programs, including football with upwards of 100 participants, cheerleading with 30. Jackson fields teams in competition. Haunted House occurs late October at the field house, although now with charges, and there will be Halloween and Thanksgiving programs, including a Turkey Trot and scrimmage games. It has not been necessary to turn anyone away for lack of means. In coming years programs may be curtailed (for example no football uniforms this year), and it is increasingly difficult to staff even after school programs due to severe budget shortfalls and merging of regions. Well-qualified volunteers have helped staff programs this year.
Separately, report received from Barry Rapoport : Douglass Memorial should be installed later this year.

Nature Areas. Ross Petersen reported that a planners and stakeholders walk-through was held and a specific list of plantings and work approved. 20,000 shrubs will be going in; a nice burr oak has been installed at Osaka Garden. Signage has been installed in the areas. Some persons violating dog restrictions have been ticketed. JPAC members will attend a Chicago Wilderness Conference November 13 at UIC. Petersen noted toxic concerns and law suits over certain kinds of artificial playing surfaces. Also, there is periodic investigation of lagoon contamination. Also Nike site. Fran Vandervoort reported that Doug Anderson has been ill and unable to conduct tours. JPAC wished him speedy recovery.

Park District Budget. Public release date: October 17; it can be accessed online at http://www. chicagoparkdistirct.com or viewed at select park field houses. Final hearing is November 5, 4 pm, 541 N. Fairbanks. Friends of the Parks generally has a review discussion [November 10, 17 N. State #1450, call John Paul Jones to reserve and for time- 773 857-2757.]

Olympics. Petersen reported that the 2016 Committee is informed of JPAC concerns about the field hockey venue being located near the lagoons and adjacent spoil deposits and Nike base, even if nothing is put underground. 2016 has not apparently yet made decision nor given response. Members were concerned that transportation and other impacts, needs or opportunities may not yet be well thought out, with the “bid book” due out by February. Members were urged to attend Alderman Hairston’s 4th Thursdays Olympic Task Force meetings, 6:30 pm at the field house. [Confirm mtgs. at 773 324-5555.]

The meeting was adjourned. The Next JPAC meeting: Monday, November 10, 7:30 pm at the field house.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary