April 2016 Meeting Minutes

Horner Park Advisory Council
Draft Minutes
April 4, 2016

Peter called the HPAC meeting to order at the Horner Park Field House at 7pm.
Previous Minutes:
The minutes of the March 2016 meeting were approved, pending changes.

Treasurer’s Report:
The following funds are in HPAC accounts:

Checking  $34,010.16
Savings  $14,730.44
PayPal   $9,640.82
Total   $58,381.42

Kevin provided a Profit and Loss statement for 2015.
Insurance was paid.
An initial payment was $667.16 was made to the Chicago Parks Foundation for the sink. An additional check for $83.19 is need. The total outlay of $750.35 is under budget.

Peter gave a receipt to Kevin for expenses for the Easter events.

Farmers Market:
They are still in the planning stages. They still need a vendor for breads, baked goods, and sweets.

Dog Friendly Area:
The DFA is meeting on Tuesday, April 5th. The DFA earned $1762 from the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt. Erica is posting photos to Facebook and thanks everyone for their help.

Concert Committee:
John has earned $4700 from the concert campaign.
John is almost ready to post the schedule on Facebook. After a unanimous vote, the Lego Movie was selected for movie night. Deb said we should get banners and porta-potties; the porta-potties will be there all summer.

Park Briefs:

Horner Park:
Deb has photos of the Easter events. Peter said that she should send them to Amy and himself for posting on the website.

The Easter Lunch was a huge success. The final count was 160, somewhat over the planned 150. There was face-painting, pictures with the bunny, singing, and an art project. This was followed by pizza and cupcakes. Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria donated the 350 slices of deep dish pizza, which they served at the event. They also raffled off a gift basket. Then there was an egg hunt in the gym. Many of the participants thanked Deb for hosting the event. Next year Deb will increase the size to 200 people.

The doggie egg hunt was also a huge success. Deb found additional doggie bandanas, toys, and dog mats for the event.  There were 225 dogs.  They filled 1000 eggs, which was not enough – some dogs only ended up with 2 eggs.

The HPAC board extends their thanks to Deb and the DFA for sponsoring these community events.

Everything is ready for the sink; Deb is waiting for the carpenter. Carol donated a Formica counter top. Many thanks to Carol for this gift.

Summer camp registration starts tomorrow.

Horner Park is getting the pumpkin patch back. Currently, the date is October 1. Peter asked Deb to contact Gretchen regarding the interplay with the Farmers Market. Business was very brisk at the Farmers Market during the last pumpkin patch.

Peter is still planning to write an article for the website regarding the playground equipment selection. Peter is going to send email regarding the timing of the installation of the equipment. Deb needs to know for planning purposes.

There is a Teen Color Run this Sunday, April 9, at Horner from 11-1.
There was a Teen Scavenger Hunt last month. 45 people attended. It took place in the dark using glow in the dark sticks to find clues.’

Deb want to plan glow in the dark dodge ball and a Color Run for the community.

Ravenswood Manor Park:
Peter received the labyrinth design from Chris. Peter is going to draft up additional ideas for the rest of the park.
The grant of $500 was approved for plants and dirt. The dirt will be delivered 22nd and 23rd. Sue Davenport and Sara Zimmerman will be the main contacts for the plants, which will be delivered on the following week.
John has been cleaning up the area.

Jacob Park: No report

Buffalo Park: No Report

Sunken Gardens:
Deb was very responsive providing new garbage cans.

Website Committee: No Report
Kevin is working on the problem with the google search failing to link to the HPAC website.

Stewardship Committee:
Earth day is April 23 from 9-12.
John recruited 5s Earth Day Captains for 5 parks:
John F – Horner
Brian Basler – Ravenswood
Luke Ross – Sunken
Bea Tersch – Jacob
Sue Davenport- Buffalo

River Day is May 14. John is going to talk to Luke and Bea to see if they will be stewards for the river as well.

Peter is going to send email to USACE to notify them of Horner Fest.

There was discussion about whether an email blast will increase participation in Earth Day. John said that it usually help. Deb will also send out email to various groups.  Peter is concerned that we have enough people to distribute the mulch.

New Business:
April 23 – Earth Day
May 14 – River Day
July 16- Horner Fest

There was some discussion about the request for $1500 for stained glass panels at the Wilson Bridge. The general consensus was that this effort was not part of the advisory council’s mission.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.

Respectfully Submitted,
Lisa Cleveland Co-Secretary

Peter Schlossman – President, Kevin Anderson – Treasurer, Lisa Cleveland – Co-Secretary, Deborah Groh – Park Supervisor,  John O’Connell – Concert Committee, Alan Mueller – RMIA Representative

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