Vacant Lot Beautification Program
Mayor Barrett’s Strong Neighborhoods Plan and Groundwork Milwaukee are partnering with Metcalfe Park’s Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District on a pilot project to hire 10 young adults from the Matcalfe Park Neighborhood. The workers are trained to install green infrastructure on Milwaukee’s north side. The “Green Team” will assist the City of Milwaukee in reaching its goal of improving 80 vacant lots through the Strong Neighborhoods Plan
The Green Team project is partially funded by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Helen Bader Foundation, Northwestern Mutual Foundation and Southeast Wisconsin Watershed Trust. The Building Neighborhood Capacity Program is funded by the Zilber Family Foundation.
This project is one unique example of the Strong Neighborhoods Plan’s Vacant Lot Beautification Program that includes a job training component for young adults in the area. In the beautification program, neighborhood groups from Milwaukee can request a vacant City-owned lot in their area be improved by selecting from one of four concept designs and filling out a request form. The City will help fund and maintain the lots after installation.
The concept designs that neighborhoods can choose from vary in size and space usage. The open space concept includes adding ornamental trees around the sides of the lot while leaving an open middle ground. The passive space concept places shrubs along the lot’s edges and adds shade trees in the middle of the lot. The urban orchard concept places 10 fruit trees across the lot. The final concept, the athletic field concept, is for double sized lots. This concept places low growth hedging shrubs around two sides of the lot, as well as both ornamental and shade trees around the edges.
Milwaukee residents interested in an installation can find out more information and view a vacant lot beautification request form by visiting Milwaukee.gov/strong/renew.