Welcome to the September 2009 J.P.A.C. Newsletter online

Produced by Jackson Park Advisory Council, recognized advisory body to the Chicago Park District.
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Editor: Gary Ossewaarde

Hosted in hydepark.org, website of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference. hpkcc@aol.com. Administrator George Rumsey.

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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.


Frontpage- (not available here)- vitae/contacts/purpose,
September Agenda
- adjustments, August minutes, guests, bylaw discussion/votes, Wooded Island Group discussion/votes, park and program, natural areas, other report and business, announcements, adjournment

P. 2. August meeting minutes- Nature Committee and Wooded Island Working Group, Bylaws and operations, Park and Program, Members observations on the park and problems.

Announcements- September meeting notice on votes, October meeting change, Wooded Island Workdays, Bird Walks, Park District Budget Hearing


August 10, 2009

Jackson Park Advisory Council August 10 2009 Meeting Minutes

Ross Petersen opened the meeting at 7:35 p.m. A quorum was present late in the meeting.

Nature Committee. Petersen reviewed proposed changes in the Wooded Island Working Group, with more people to be consulted before being considered at the next council meeting for proposal vote. Basically, the group and any others who wished would be convened in site visits at standing announced and convenient dates and times.

Bylaw change options were discussed. Our committee will incorporate specific changes into the draft revision and these and the whole will be presented for discussion at the September 14 council meeting. Items discussed tonight included quorum, circumstances requiring fingerprinting and background check, and term limits. Also, there was a sense that we should not be locked into 12 meetings a year, especially in hard winter and summer, but should be able to announce a month or two hiatus as desirable.

Park and Program. Jackson Park Supervisor William Tillis distributed a flyer for the September 10 South Region 2010 budget hearing at South Shore Cultural Center (sign in starts at 6 p.m., the hearing at 7 p.m.) Noted is that Jackson is a core park, which should be reason to keep the program vigorous. The successful summer program had 238 in day camp, 120 in football, and 40 in cheerleading. Fall registration online and in person was about to start. Prices are higher, which makes parents hesitate. Mr. Tillis and others noted that police presence in the park has been of much help in keeping good order. A path/drive on the Wooded Island was paved.

Members commented on park matters. Some signs which were pulled out by the public. The drummers’ circle and its walk accumulate blown sand. Members were concerned that nothing has happened or seed did not take at the trench created near the 63rd beach for a nature area, wondering what plans are for the funded improvement. Suggested was asking that someone come and explain the project this fall. Problems were identified near the Golf Driving Range including holes/ruts from heavy equipment tire damage related to a very large private event staged in the area. The ruts were covered with plywood.

With no other business, the meeting was adjourned about 8:30 p.m. Next meeting Sept.14. Discussion, possible votes on bylaws. View current draft in fieldhouse or in http://www.hydepark.org/parks/jpac/bylawsnew.htm. Reminder- October mtg. Tues. 13th.

Respectfully submitted,

Gary M. Ossewaarde,
Volunteer Workdays, natural areas 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 10 a.m. Darrow Bridge south of the Museum. Sept. 12, 26, Oct. 10, 24, Nov.? 14. Ross Petersen 773 486-0505.

Wooded Island Bird Walks Saturdays 8 am. Darrow Bridge.

PD Budget hearing Thursday September 10 South Shore Cultural Center. 7059 So. Shore Dr. Sign up starts 6 p.m., hrg. 7 p.m.