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Welcome to September 2007 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

Volume 14, Issue 9

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

Editor Gary Ossewaarde

Sited in, website of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference
Site administrator George Rumsey

We thank Onshore for hosting this website and the Museum of Science and Industry for production costs of the Newsletter.

In this issue:


Jackson Park Advisory Council August 13, 2007 minutes

Ross Petersen convened the meeting at 7:31 pm. The July minutes were moved by Petersen, seconded by Dwight Powell, and approved.

Park and Program report, Alonzo Williams.

· Summer camp filled its 200 openings and was highly successful.
· Junior Bears for fall overfilled also; they are psyched up to win! Cheerleading was about to start.
· “No barbecue” signage on 67th was up.
· The 63rd Cornell lot and Golf Driving Range road repaving with curbs were being done.
· A survey for signage and other needs was done with police; almost all police requests have been met.
· A park walk through was held with Parks Commissioner Pickens, trades, and JPAC monitoring committee. Work orders were put in. Members noted more damaged benches and other concerns.
· At 63rd Bathing Pavilion, more benches are likely. Nonfunctioning water fountains were of concern, and bathrooms are to be addressed
· The drumming circle is in use; some signs remained to be put up. Protocol for when special events are held at the beach house and for fire lanes have been or are being established. Lighting was queried.
· Underpasses and more were heavily tagged and marked along the south lakefront; to be fixed. Petersen reported that the “no dogs” signs at Wooded Island entrances were again painted out.
· A work order went in for ‘Iowa’ building lights.
· The city budget hearing August 23 7 pm at South Shore Cultural Center would include park concerns; the 2nd round Park District south budget hearing will be September 5, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, at Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd. [Erroneous and changed.]
· Mike Kelly is the new PD Chief Operating Officer under Tim Mitchell, Patrick Levar the Chief Administrative Officer, and Becky Schillo has been hired as Natural Areas Stewardship Manager (coming with high recommendation).

Nature Committee and facilities report. Ross Petersen.

· Illinois Department of Natural Resources, U.S.EPA and the PD under a grant will conduct a thorough study of 63rd St. Beach watershed infrastructure and outflow, learned from EPA’s Holly Wirick. Possible role of dogs or birds as vectors was discussed. The PD has hired a firm, Wild Goose Chase, to flush geese with dogs, which Petersen said were rousting all birds. Dog regulations are unchanged.
· Rebecca Graff has received permission to proceed with a small archeological survey near Osaka Garden and will report at a future meeting.
· 2016 Olympic Committee representatives presents, answers questions at the September 10 meeting; public invited! Members reviewed and had no objection to JPAC Olympics resolution language passed at the previous meeting and published in the minutes in the August JPAC Newsletter.
· A summit was held about Wooded Island natural management. Attending were the District, Friends of the Parks, scientists, JPAC and stakeholders. Petersen said the meeting was very forward-moving. The goal is to reduce damaging invasive species and introduce wildlife-friendly plants. Petersen showed a Chicago Tribune feature showing that bird sightings declined drastically in the state but increased in a natural area where invasives were removed. Jackson Park bird numbers have been recovering.
· Petersen regretted that there has been no replacement yet of trees lost in storms of 2003 and 2006.
· Petersen noted that aldermanic and police help was being sought to address increasing night time illegal activity such as on the south end of Wooded Island and in parking lots.

New business. Gary Ossewaarde reported steps necessary since the decease of treasurer Tibor Heisler.
Nominations were taken for election in September. Esther Schechter nominated Dwight Powell for treasurer.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.
Next meeting September 10, Monday, 7:30 pm, 6401 S. Stony, south room. Agenda: Elections, Olympics

Respectfully submitted, Gary Ossewaarde, Secretary


2nd and 4th Saturday Volunteer Workdays. 10 -1. Sept 8, 22, Oct 13, 27. Ross Petersen, 773 486-0505. For the next couple months work will be in Bob-o-link Meadow while a Wooded Island plan is developed.

Memorial service for Tibor Heisler Sun. Sept. 9 1:30-3:30 So Sh Cult. Ctr. Please RSVP Gary 773 947-9541.