These historical notes provide valuable background for evaluating how Project 120 presents its proposals. Contrary to the impressions Project 120’s website seeks to convey, the Phoenix Pavilion and the Music Court were two separate entities with two separate histories, and “South Park,” although a concept, was never an actual park.
Park District “Framework” documents
As Jackson Park Watch did its research on the Project 120 proposals, JPW came across the now neglected Jackson Park Framework Plan of 1999, the result of a major community engagement process involving numerous community leaders and area residents in multiple public meetings, focus groups, and community presentations. Through a Freedom of Information request to the Park District, JPW obtained the little known and seemingly private MOU between Project 120 and the Park District dated July 2014, which appears to establish a “Revised Framework plan” that supercedes the 1999 plan.
- Jackson Park Framework Plan 1999
- Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Project 120 and the Chicago Park District
JPW takes community views to the Park District Commissioners
JPW coordinators Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid have begun using the forum of the monthly meetings of the Park District Board of Commissioners to ensure that the Commissioners hear first-hand community views on the future of Jackson Park.
- 06 08 16 M. Schmid Statement to Park District Board
- 07 13 16 B Nelms Statement to Park District Board
- 07 13 16 M Schmid Statement to Park District Board
- 08 10 16 B Nelms Statement to Park District Board
- 01 11 17 B. Nelms Statement to Park District Board
- 01 11 17 M. Schmid Statement to Park District Board final
- 02 08 17 M. Schmid Statement to Park District Board final
Comparing Olmsted’s Music Court vision with Project 120’s idea
How does the Project 120 pavilion/music venue proposal for the parking lot east of the Darrow Bridge compare with Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision for that spot? Thanks to Hyde Park architect Jim San, we can compare the two. Jim says “My only comment is that the old saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is true. Olmsted’s drawing is a document that directly conveys his inventions and it must be properly understood.” Take a look for yourself:
Questions to ponder
While some may love and some may dislike the Yoko Ono “Sky Landing” sculpture being installed on Wooded Island at the Osaka Japanese Garden in September 2016, the stealth process by which is was approved and is installed raises a lot of serious questions about public input and transparency at the Park District.
At last – an actual agreement between the Park District and Project 120 concerning Sky Landing.
This agreement, handed over after yet another FOIA request, appears to be dated after the sculpture was installed on Wooded Island. There is no record of a Park District Board vote on the matter, and in fact the Park District attorney Tim King asserted at the December 14 meeting of the Park District Board that none was needed.
Chicago Park District agreement with Chicago Parks Golf Alliance