The Enderis Park Neighborhood Association (EPNA) has received a Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Robert L. and Susan Mitenbuler Fund, Ald. Murphy said.
According to Bruce Cameron of the EPNA, the EPNA, Enderis East Association and Lenox Heights Neighborhood Association were three of only four neighborhoods in the city to receive the grants. The initiative targets neighborhoods in Milwaukee seen as having sufficient resources to take advantage of the grant money to continue to build on their standing as healthy communities, Cameron said.
In other EPNA news, late last month a sculpture entitled "Magic Tree Grove" was installed at the MPS Enderis Playfield. "This is a significant work by sculptress Nancy Metz White, who created the 'Tree of Life' at the entrance to Miller Park off W. Blue Mound Rd. and N. 51st St.," said Cameron, noting that the group was aided in its fund raising for the sculpture by an initial grant from the City of Milwaukee Arts Board, chaired by Ald. Murphy.
The installation of the sculpture is meant to symbolize the culmination of a two-year renovation of the playfield, a joint project of the surrounding neighborhood associations in cooperation with local businesses and the strong financial and technical support of the City of Milwaukee's Department of Public Works.
The renovation work included the removal of cyclone fencing along the Lannon stone walls, installation of a colorful water drop and shade for the wading pool, handicapped accessible ramps to the pavilion, two sand volleyball courts, a running track and an additional swing set and park benches.
"The transformation that has taken place at Enderis Playfield is truly wonderful, especially for neighborhood children and the 'young at heart' who use the facilities regularly," said Ald. Murphy. "The neighborhood residents and groups who contributed to the project should feel tremendous pride and satisfaction at what has been accomplished."