Humboldt Park Dog Park
7pm Tuesday July 10, 2018
Bryan A Hadley
Welcome / Introductions
Approve June Minutes
Brainstorm ideas of how to encourage people to sign up and do it.
BMF suggested a Contest w/ prizes
BAH suggested t-shirts
Maybe alcohol thru a donor
Other donated prizes? Need partners.
BAH suggested doing it as an event
Alexandra suggested to run a poll
PJW to organize a poll
Following poll, we will issue a date to the group
Letters of Support Drive
PJW shared a Google form that he had created to empower supporters to show their support.
All agreed this is good!
Community Meeting Schedule
HPAC meeting summary
BMF recapped the first meeting
Becky presented our plans and asked for community feedback, which was entirely supportive of the DFA, including its location. The only critical feedback was that the DFA should actually be larger than it currently is proposed, but Becky explained that we are limited by the city's guidelines of maximum size of 15k sq ft.
Group discussed how to track / record public commentary
PJW captured notes during the community meeting and will create a document to reflect the discussion. We will do the same for each community meeting and include these summary documents along with our final proposal package when submitting to CPD
Next public presentation meeting:
United Blocks of Humboldt Park August 2, 7 pm, Association House (1116 N. Kedzie) Parking unfortunately not available
Discuss how to host Third public presentation meeting:
Host at CAPS? – next one appropriate for location
BMF – to follow up
Host at HPAC? – July 26, 2018?
Host own meeting? – date TBD
Pick a date – BMF to ask Jesus about use of Field House
Group not in favor
Follow up with Puerto Rican Agenda (PRA) – 1st sat morn of every month
Aim for October 6th –
During our initial visit to PRA several months ago, some had concerns that the location may conflict with other park uses and they would provide contact information of people from PRA that we could meet with separately to discuss those concerns further. Becky has reached out to the PRA leadership since that visit to see if this is still a concern and to try to address it. No responses have been received yet so this may no longer be a concern but Becky will reach out again.
Separate from the above, our committee would like to share the same presentation to PRA to provide that group with a progress update and ask for any additional feedback.
HPAC Dog Park Committee
Meghan sent BMF a list of HPAC -
Invite HPAC members to attend HPDP board meetings. BMF will send email.
Off Leash Dog Stats
Ongoing collection – whole team – all times of day, all days of week
BMF to send links to Alexandra
Ongoing by whole team
PJW to edit survey document
PJW asked why names had been removed from the informal surveys. – BMF informed the group that it was requested by HPAC
Next formal survey
Peter to upload May survey
Bryan to conduct next formal survey (July)
Will review against times still needed and choose a time to conduct survey accordingly.
Minutes on website
Bryan to generate first 6mo of meeting minutes
And to upload to Slack – files
Add Block Club Chicago article to Website
Peter to upload to website
Admin access to Wordpress tools – Website
Peter to grant access to Becky and others.
Friends of the Park (FOTP) status:
Peter gave an overview of relationship to the group
Peter provided updates about adjustments to language of the agreement
FOTP to review the language proposed by Peter
FOTP offer help to assist / provide support online
Adding members on Facebook? – PJW to review / survey
FOTP to host a meet-and-greet
Peter informed the group that he had asked for a letter of support. FOTP indicated there's a process for this that will begin when Peter submits a written request for the support. We plan to wait for this until we receive the HPAC letter of support since it'll be important to FOTP to see that the local park is on board.
Goals / Strategies/ Ideas
BAH suggested linking Facebook fundraiser to FOTP.
BMF to add a link / reminder to email for fundraiser when established.
BMF suggested setting up a recurring payment system, like a ‘sustaining membership’ where donors could set up automatic deposits of a few dollars each month.
BAH - suggested looking for corporate sponsors to match donations, which has been known to encourage support for other non-profit pledge drives (such as NPR)
The group also discussed some ideas for fundraising events, such as movie nights (show dog-themed family friendly movies, admissions for dog park funds).
BMF suggested holding Dog Treat bake sales
BAH suggested selling T-Shirts
LL-M to investigate potential to utilize TIF Funds
BAH to look into the potential for other grants
Tracking / documentation
Google doc for ideation / planning / etc. by PJW
Discuss Bylaws – legacy going forward
While not urgently needed, the group agreed it would be useful to create bylaws in the near future, for current and future members
BMF to piece together bylaws – group to review and discuss next month
The group is looking to recruit new members to the board, and will need to begin to assign steering committee leaders for things like fundraising & events planning.
Petitions to Facebook group & Website - PJW
Tentative dates for event – All weekends in August.
Date & Time
Tuesday August 14 @ 7pm
2801 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622