Wicker Park Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Goal: Programming for all Ages

PRESENT - Denise Browning, Susan Fontana, John Shirk, Doug Wood, Adam Housely, Tim Kolecke, Marilyn Morales, Cynthia Rosario, John Davidson

  1. Minutes December Minutes were approved.
  2. Treasurer's Report- Richard Tilley - report submitted an update on the bank account.
  3. Park Supervisor Report - John Davidson - John reported on past and upcoming events, Special Park Kids days and parties, commented on enrollment in classes offered by the Park District, teen activities in Area 2, Boys and Girls floor Hockey tournaments at Commercial Park, recent in-house restorations and repairs, and listed completed service on requested repairs. He discussed the Park Voyagers program to begin with a kick off event Tuesday, February 10-6-9pm. According to his notes he states that it will be held 3:30-4:30 and 4:30-5:30 pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; the flyer states Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45 or 4:45-5:45. Both beginning Feb 16- May 9. John also reported that he used snow blower on all the sidewalks.
  4. Area 2 Manager's Report - Cynthia Rosario - Cynthia reported that Ms. Rodriguez's position is not filled and that there is still a hiring free in affect. Bridget is assuming responsibility for the morning class and John Davidson works with the Park Kids in the afternoon.
  5. Committee Reports
    1. Dog Park Update, Adam Housely -There will be two fundraisers. Adam will contact Janis Taylor to obtain quotes for benches. The water outlet is broken - work orders submitted to repair broken pipes underground, sewer backs up.
    2. Web Update-Tim Kolecke - Reported more traffic was seen on the website. Minutes are not uploaded but will be done soon. Information on Yoga and Boot Camp will be added shortly. In addition, Tim said he would speak with John Davidson and include all meeting held in the park on the website calendar-so the public can know the extent of what is happening at the park.
    3. Softball- Not Present with report.
    4. Chicago Flower & Garden Show-Doug Wood - all is going as scheduled.
  6. General Discussion - Park District Responsiveness to Community Projects - The group discussed problems that have occurred in past months that relate to poor communications on the part of the Park District - Confusion over who is a volunteer with no followup correcting Park District errors, Area 2-Central Region - lack of ability to maintain records on requests for partnerships and to list them in the schedule book, lack of program development and promotions for members of our community of all ages, poor communications with Park Partners-causing many to leave the park, events scheduled in the park by central region booking without proper planning and lack of concern by park staff for the integrity of the landscape and park hardscape, Lack of responsiveness to offer assistance in fundraising for a new roof. In addition, the group was concerned that none of the teen activities listed in Supervisor's report included neighborhood children and no promotions were given on the volleyball class other than handouts in the Park.
  7. Result: We will not offer music series this summer and John Shirk stated that his volunteer group will not schedule organized support for events in the park this year or proceed with attempting to entice the park district to accept our offer to raise funds for a new roof. The group stated that they will work to correct the lack of professionalism exhibited by Central Region toward our park volunteers, and if the Park District corrects this poor behavior, we will again schedule programming in 2009.
  8. Denise Browning stated to both Volunteers and Staff members present - We should choose and event and give it one last chance to work.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:48.

5 on 5 Soccer – Ages: 8-9
F, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
3/27/2009 - 5/29/2009
Total Fee: $25.00
Gender: Co-Rec
Skill Level: Open to All

5 on 5 Soccer – Ages: 6-7
F, 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
3/27/2009 - 5/29/2009
Total Fee: $25.00

Baseball Little League – Ages: 9-11
Sa,12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
4/25/2009 - 8/15/2009
Total Fee: $75.00

Basketball – Ages: 21 & Over
Sa,9:30 am - 12:00 pm
3/28/2009 - 6/13/2009
Total Fee: $75.00
Gender: Male

Co-Rec Volleyball – Ages: 21 & Over
W,6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
3/25/2009 - 6/10/2009
Total Fee: $50.00
?Gender: Male

Mightyfitfamily – Ages: All Ages
This new super-fun program is designed for families with children ages 3-5. During the 1-hour class families will discover by doing activities together, parents and children will benefit from the physical exercise and as a bonus, get to spend quality time doing fun activities together.
M,6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
3/30/2009 - 6/1/2009
Total Fee: $10.00
Gender: Co-Rec

Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction – Ages: 6mo-18mo
Restrictions: Children must be with an adult
M,W,9:30 am - 11:00 am
3/23/2009 - 5/25/2009
Total Fee: $60.00
Gender: Co-Rec

Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction – Ages: 6mo-18mo
Restrictions: Children must be with an adult
M,W,11:15 am - 12:45 pm
3/23/2009 - 5/25/2009
Total Fee: $60.00

Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction – Ages: 2-4
Restrictions: Children must be with an adult
T,Th,11:15 am - 12:45 pm
3/24/2009 - 5/26/2009
Total Fee: $60.00

Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction – Ages: 2-4
Restrictions: Children must be with an adult
T,Th,9:30 am - 11:00 am
3/24/2009 - 5/26/2009
Total Fee: $60.00

Park Kids – Ages: 6-12
Park Kids is an after-school enrichment program for grammar school age children, providing them with a variety of activities including sports, arts, and time to play.
M,T,W,Th,F,2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
4/13/2009 - 6/12/2009
Total Fee: $75.00

Play School Activities – Ages: 3-5
F,10:00 am - 11:30 am
3/27/2009 - 5/29/2009
Total Fee: $30.00

Spring Break Camp – Ages: 6-12
M,T,W,Th,F,9:00 am - 6:00 pm
4/6/2009 - 4/10/2009
Total Fee: $50.00

T-Ball Baseball – Ages: 6-8
Sa, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
4/30/2009 - 8/15/2009
Total Fee: $75.00

Teen Club – Ages: 13-18
Th,7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
3/26/2009 - 5/28/2009
Total Fee: $0.00
Gender: Co-Rec