Wicker Park Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

Present: John Davidson (Park Supervisor), Denise Browning (WPAC-Co-President), Susan Fontana (WPAC – Co-President), Richard Tilley (WPAC – Treasurer), Doug Wood (WPAC – Secretary and Garden Club), Scott & Ashley Venable (Mosaic Church), John Shirk (Urban Encounter), Adam Housley (Dog Park), Tim Kolecke (Website),

  1. Minutes – Doug Wood – September Minutes were read and approved.
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Richard Tilley– Report Submitted .
  3. Committee Reports
    • Dog Park Committee – Adam Housley – Adam announced a Dog Park Cleaning Day scheduled for Saturday, November 6 from 11am-2pm. Also, the committee is discussing Wicker Park locations for the annual fundraiser. More information will be presented in December. The dead tree is still on site.
    • Web Site Committee – Tim Kolecke – Tim will be doing extensive updating and will move the site to a new host.
    • Softball Committee – Ryan Jackson Absent
    • WPPA (Wicker Park Parent’s Association) report to the WPAC – Absent – No report submitted
    • WPPA Music Concert Final Report – Absent – No report submitted
    • WPPA Scholarship Fund – Balance & Projected Plan –Absent – No Report Submitted
    • Park Programming Survey Update – Absent – No Report Submitted
    • Open Mic – John Shirk (Urban Encounter – Reported) No report.
    • Gardens and Landscape Committee – Doug Wood – The Annual Fountain Decorating Social is scheduled for Sunday, November 21 from 10am-4pm. Set up begins inside field house at 8am.
  4. Staff Reports – John Davidson – Park Supervisor
    • Park Kid’s / Youth Programs
      Monday – Gym Games, Lead Up Games and Circle Games
      Tuesday – Arts & Crafts and Floor Hockey
      Wednesday – MSI Science Club and Seasonal Sports
      Thursday – MSI Science Club and Floor Hockey
      Friday – Fun Friday
    • Central Region Area 2 Floor Hockey Tournament
      Wicker Park Fieldhouse will have five teams entered in tournament play
      Locations – Wicker Park Fieldhouse and Smith Park
      Dates November 9 – November 23
      Times – 4:30pm – 7:00pm
    • Regional Floor Hockey Play – December 4 at Orr High School Park
    • City-Wide Floor Hockey Play – December 18 and 19 at McCormick Park
    • Upcoming Special Events
      11.4.10 – Lion King (Live Theater) 7pm
      11.6.10 – Park Voyagers Field Trip – The Chicago History Museum 10am
    • The Teen Scene
      Conceptual Design Workshop Site Visits and Workshops (Teen Playground)
      May 2010 – 3 Workshops for teen from parks throughout the central region of Chicago Park DIstrict
      June 2010 – 2 Site field visits/field trips and 1 workshop (eco friendly environment and L.E.E.D. Certification)
      July 2010 – 1 Site visit/field trip behind the scenes at the Magic Waters
      Sept. 2010 – 1 Workshop for teen from parks throughout the central region of the Chicago Park District
      October 2010 – 1 Site visit/field trip behind the scenes at Fright Fest
      Nov. 2010 – 1 Workshops for teen from parks throughout the central region of the Chicago Park District
      Nov. 2010 – 2 Site visits/field trips – Broadway in Chicago (The Lion King) behind the scenes at Soldier Field and meet the architects that will be working with teens on the project
      Dec. 2010 – Ice skating party at Daley Bicentennial park 
    • Recent Servie Request Repairs
      Light fixtures repaired and reinstall in activity rooms 1 & 3
      Drop ceiling repaired in activity rooms 1 & 3
      Gym walls and doors painted
      Gym floor sanded
      Gym floor sealed
      Gym floor painted
      Exterior lights re-lamped
      Exterior timers reset
      Installation of Job box behind softball backstop
      Restroom sink knobs reinstalled
      Aeration of baseball outfield
  5. Other Discussion
    Denise Browning introduced the planning sessions for events in the park that will begin at the December Meeting and continue into the January and February Meetings. Members were asked to think over events they’d like to see in the park and begin planning in December. All agreed that the open mic series would be great to repeat in the 2011 season.