Saturday, January 21, 2012

Recap of Thursday's Meeting

The HPAC kicked off 2012 at our meeting last Thursday, here are some quick notes from the meeting:

  • Photos of damage to the park from the Chicago Cyclocross Cup race that took place in January were submitted by Park District staff to the Permitting and Landscape Departments for review. Members of the Permitting Department then came out to Humboldt Park to review this damage and decide on an appropriate course of action.
  • There was discussion on the pros and cons of the HPAC continuing to do its banking through the Parkways Foundation; a member of the Parkways Foundation will be invited to the next meeting for more information on this topic.
  • Earth Day clean up in the Park is April 21 and the participating organizations are looking for volunteers and sponsors. Send an email if you are interested.
  • Secretary Brian Hacker submitted a draft logo for the HPAC.
  • The movie, "Rookie of the Year" will be showing on Sunday, July 1 at Little Cubs Field.
  • Regional Supervisor Cynthia Rosaria confirmed that the roof of the fieldhouse had been patched in response to major leaks during rainstorms in the past few years.
  • A number of HPAC members had concerns over the maintenance of baseball fields and the amount of staff allocated by the Park District for this purpose. Regional Supervisor Cynthia Rosario responded that budget cutbacks by the Park District and an increased workload for maintenance workers have lead to less frequent maintenance in the past couple years.
  • Additional lighting to baseball fields is being planned with Park District staff currently talking to electricians about how it can be accomplished.
  • Members of the HPAC voiced concern over the possible privatization of Little Cubs Field and expressed the desire to start an action committee to oppose it.
The results of the elections are:
  • President - Ruth Pena
  • Vice President - Glenn Brettner
  • Treasurer - Maggie Martinez
  • Secretary - Brian Hacker
  • Sergeant at Arms - Nancy Diaz
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 pm in the Humboldt Park fieldhouse. Check back in the week before for an update on the agenda.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Advisory Council Meeting Tonight at 6:30

Come join us tonight at the fieldhouse for the January Advisory Council meeting. We'll be holding elections, introducing a draft of a new HPAC logo and discussing some other issues. The agenda is posted below.

Also, feel free to come a half hour early for a potluck to celebrate the new year and chat with the other Advisory Council members. Please bring something to pass if you can.

Hope to see you tonight!

Humboldt Park Advisory Council (HPAC)
Meeting of January 19, 2012 - 6:30 p.m.

I. Welcome and Introductions

II. Approval of Minutes

III. Reports
a)         Park Supervisor
b)        Treasurer
c)          Secretary
                   - Introduce draft of HPAC logo and discuss

IV. New Business
a)         Banners placed on Park fences
b)        Summer concerts
c)          Chicago Cyclocross Cup race
d)        Proposed amendment to voting eligibility requirements

VI. Announcements

VII. Executive Board Election
a)         President
b)        Vice President
c)          Treasurer
d)        Secretary
e)         Sergeant at Arms

VII. Adjourn

The next HPAC meeting will  be held on Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Humboldt Park Circa 1940

A cool, old image of what is now the field house on a postcard from 1940. I was searching for images of the Boathouse and found this on a blog with lots of great old Chicago images.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas Tree Recycling & 2012

Happy New Year everyone from the HPAC!

Hope you've all had a great holiday season and wish you all the best in the year to come.

Now that Christmas is over I want to remind you all that you can recycle your real Christmas tree by dropping it off in the parking lot of the Humboldt Park Boathouse on Humboldt Boulevard between Division and North Avenues. There's a designated area in the lot, marked by signs. The trees end up as mulch that the Park District uses in planting beds, etc. early reminder that our next meeting is Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the field house. We're having a potluck to celebrate the new year, so feel free to drop by a little early to grab some food and chat. Of course, bringing a dish/beverage is not required but please do if you're able to. As a reminder, no alcohol is allowed on Park District property.