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Park Councils schedules in the Hyde Park-Kenwood Area

Presented by Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, its Parks Committee (chair Gary Ossewaarde), and its website This page is not the website of particular park councils or the Chicago Park District. The pages linked at the top give links to park council websites, and visit. Communicate with our parks committee via or 773 288-8343.

See below: special meetings-

Updated schedule of regular meetings. An expanded chart of status, meetings, contacts et al follows.

Meeting schedule (See message below this block about the Nov. 13 Midway elections.

From the Officers. Dear MPAC Members,
Below is information about the process for MPAC's upcoming Officer Elections. In addition, candidate statements (per the motion made and carried at the October meeting) are attached to this message. There are 6 nominees. In alphabetical order by office they are: President - Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato; Vice President - Donald McGruder, Genora Stone; Secretary - Radiah Smith-Donald, Myriam Weaver; Treasurer - Mary Anton, Radiah Smith-Donald.
Please reach out to MPAC ( or to one of the officers if you have questions about the process.

MPAC 2019 Election Process
1) The election will be held at the November Monthly Meeting: November 13, 2019 at the Washington Park Refectory: 5531 S Martin Luther King Dr. This location has been identified in collaboration with the Chicago Park District - thank you for understanding the importance of holding the November meeting in a larger space.
2) The overall meeting agenda is currently planned as follows:
*6:30-7pm – Standard agenda, abbreviated
*7-7:15pm – Election process, nominations from the floor (nominees and nominators must be voting members of MPAC)
*7:15-7:35p - Candidate statements, 2 minutes apiece. As stated in the motion made and carried at the October meeting, all nominees are to make a statement saying 'What they intend to do if elected'.
*7:35-8:30p - Voting. Voting will close at 8:30p or after the last eligible voting member has cast their ballot - whichever occurs later. Please note: Votes from members arriving after 8pm will not be counted.

3) Ballots will be prepared in advance and provided at the election. Each candidate nominated according to the MPAC Nomination Process will have his/her name included on the prepared ballot. A blank line will be included for each office to allow for candidates nominated from the floor.

4) Voting requirements: To be eligible to vote, one must be a) a voting member of MPAC (membership form on file with MPAC and attending at least second meeting in the last 12 months), and b) present at the November meeting by 8pm. Meeting attendance each month is determined by the meeting sign-in sheets.

5) Voting process: Voting members will check in to confirm eligibility and receive a ballot. Ballots are anonymous. Each voter will receive one ballot and must complete the ballot on the spot and then deposit it in the ballot box. Voters may not pick up a ballot and return later to submit it.

6) Attendees will be selected at random until three volunteers have been identified to join the officers and help with voter check-in and ballot distribution.

7) A representative from the Chicago Park District will be present and will tabulate the votes. Officers will remain until the vote count is complete.

8) As per the bylaws, the election results will be announced at the next meeting: December 11, 2019. (Article 6, Section 5, Part C)

The information in this notice will be posted in the ice rink field house window and on the website, and has been shared via email with all MPAC members (including those who have membership forms on file but are not currently eligible to vote).

by park

Bixler- 57th and Kenwood- tba

Cornell - 4th Monday at 6 or 6:30 at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell room 304 (sommetimes 504). 4th Mon. November 25.

Elm- 4th Tuesday at 6 at Nichols Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. tba

Harold Washington - organizational to be announced.

Harris. tba. 6200 S. Drexel. tba

Jackson- 2nd Monday at 7 at Fieldhouse, 6401 S. Stony Island. NOVEMBER 11- due to Veterans Day this meeting will be in the Hyde Park Bank Bldg., 1525 E. 53rd St. lower level at 7 pm. Take the single elevator (to left in ground lobby) down. Nominations will be opened.

Kenwood- 2nd Tuesday at St. Paul & Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester parking lot. Bylesby room. tba

Ma Houston tba

Midway- 2nd Wednesdays 6:30 at skating warming house, center panel between University and Ellis. November 13 Washington Park Refectory- Elections.

Nichols- 2nd Thursday at 7 at Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. November cancelled. November 14


Stout- 1st Tuesday at 6 at Nichols Fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St. ?

Washington (George)- 3rd Wednesday, 7 pm at Fieldhouse 5531 S. King Dr. November 20

(South Shore- 2nd Saturday, 10:30 am, SSCC Oak Room, 7059 South Shore Drive
October 12. Re:Center planning meeting with the city and cpd.
September 18


Presidents (as of February, 2016)

Bixler- Mila Jameson

Cornell Park-Norm Bell

Elm Park- Timika Hoffman-Zoller

Harold Washington PlayLot Park- interim convener Darva Watkins

Jackson- Louise McCurry

Kenwood- Sundeep Mullangi

Midway- Bronwyn Nichols-Lodato

Nichols-Stephanie Franklin ( no email) phone 773-955-3622

Spruce Park -to be elected

Stout- Kenneth East

Washington- Cecilia Butler

(South Shore- Walter Kindred)

chart of status, meetings, contacts et al- to be updated from above

Chicago Park District 2015 Board Meeting Calendar.You may also find Board Meeting dates at .

Parks north of 51st St. (E. Hyde Park Blvd.) are in the Central Region, Art Richardson, those to the south are in South Region, Daphne Johnson. Area Manager for most or our South Region parks is Cordell Hopkins.

Monthly Date
Gwendolyn Brooks- see Kennicott     Belinda Starks
Bessie Coleman 4th Tuesday, 7 pm. Now meets with the local block club West Hyde Park Neighbors?   Peter Cassel
Cornell Playlot council being formed 54?? S. Cornell Lanita Ross , Louise McCurry
Dyett no regular mtgs lately, is active 513 E. 51st Street

Vinston Glover, president, 773 955-7784 or
Bobbie Townsend, 773 548-2199

312 747-6118

Jackson 2nd Monday 7 pm usually but not always at fieldhouse Field House, 6401 S. Stony Island, 7:30 pm

Louise McCurry, Pres.
Gary Ossewaarde, 773 947-9541

Supervisor Wm. Tillis 773 256-0903

Harold Washington New council in formation Del Prado, 5307 S. HP Blvd. 2nd floor lobby.

Irene Sherr (Irene Sherr) (no elected officers). 773 752-2770

Under Kenwood Park, Tony McCoy? seems to be Nikki Peters

Harris Recreational Center 3nd Thursday, 6 pm. 6200 S. Drexel

Linda Austin, president, 312 282-7321

Gerald Washington, Supervisor. Mail to ctr. Attn: Lorraine Simmons.

Kennicott Monday after the first Thursday Kennicott Park Field House, 4344 S. Lake Park Avenue, 7 ? pm

?Shari Nichols-Sweat, president, 773 288-0844

Sup. Renee Shepherd, 312 747-7138

3rd or 4th Wednesdays every 2 or 3 months St. Paul and the Redeemer, 4945 S. Dorchester- Bylesby Room or Chapel off east lot entry.

Sophia King, President.
Julie Lemon

Supervisor. Tony McCoy, 312 747-6286, Area Manager ?, 773 746-5962

Midway Plaisance Not meeting currently Skating Rink Warming House

(no elected officers) 773 834-4549

Dir. Rick Shaheen, 312 745-2470


2nd Thursday 7:00 pm

Nichols Park gym fieldhouse, 1355 E. 53rd St., 7 pm

Stephanie Franklin,
773 955-3622

Sup. Nikki Peters, 773 747-2703

Promontory Point Not organized, does not meet.  


Re: park call Jackson Park Supervisor, Wm. Tillis, 773 256-0903.

South Shore Cultural Center 2nd Saturday 10:30 am (excepts October, April- tba) 7059 South Shore Drive

Edie Moore, President

Ctr. Dir. Andrea Adams 773 256-0149

Spruce Not meeting.  


Sup. Rick Shaheen, 312 745-2470 at Midway or Heather Kelly at Nichols 773 747-2307

Washington Park

3rd Wednesday, 7 pm Field House 5531 S. King Dr., 7 pm

Cecilia Butler, president,
773 667-4160

There is a Conservancy for natural areas

Fieldhouse 312 747-6823, Refectory 312 747-7618. Sup. Janie Collins





Special meetings

Chicago Park District Regional 2016 Budget Hearings coming up late summer 2015.