Jackson Park scene of concert Sept. 12

       For the second year in a row, Jackson Park will have a concert in its honor.
       Sponsored by the Holland Park Community Association (HPCA), the free event from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 will feature local blues musician John-Alex Mason.
       People are encouraged to bring blankets or portable chairs and picnic lunches “and pick up trash afterward,” according to HPCA board member Cynthia McGrath.
       Mason also played last September, when the HPCA inaugurated the “mini-fest” to draw attention to the benefits (and needs) in one of the city's largest city parks. The grassy 9.7 acres off Holland Park Boulevard adjoins Jackson Elementary.
       “It has one of the best views ever,” said HPCA board member Cynthia McGrath. “It's a desired park. But I'd like to have it be more of a place for the neighborhood to use. When there's only one picnic table in a nine-acre park, it's hard for a large group of people.”
       Other than the table, the park's current amenities include a baseball diamond, four tennis courts and a small toddlers' playground. Other playground equipment and benches are at the school, but they're off-limits when school is in session.
       The city had designated $4,500 for benches, picnic tables and trash cans this year, but a tight budget kept the money from being spent, said Chris Lieber, City Parks development manager.
       The HPCA has adopted the park, with members holding periodic cleanup days to pick up trash there. According to McGrath, HPCA would like to see Jackson eventually augmented with more amenities, including a covered picnic pavilion, lighted tennis courts, bleachers, lighting at the baseball diamond and more picnic tables and benches.

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