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2017's FONDY STORMWATER PARK @ FONDY FARMERS MARKET - Phase 1     UPDATE: CONSTRUCTION BEGAN MAY 18, 2017!

A multi-year, public/private partnership led by ECO's HOME GR/OWN converting a 3/5 acre City-owned vacant lot into Milwaukee's newest, most sustainable urban "town commons"

 
before/after

 

The Basics

The City and its partners are in the design and budgeting phase to create a vibrant park just west of the Fondy Farmers Market on 22nd and Fond du Lac Avenue. Our Environmental Collaboration Office HOME GR/OWN partner team includes: Fondy Food Center, Reflo, ReciproCITY, Energy Exchange, City Departments of Public Works and City Development, Fund for Lake Michigan, North Ave/Fondy BID #32, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, UW-M School of Architecture and Urban Planning's Community Design Solutions and Mayor Barrett's Strong Neighborhoods Plan. This site has been vacant for decades - in 2001, a cancelled warehouse project left the site with above-ground foundation walls that will be incorporated into the design.

 

Phase 1 will be built in 2017, installing a complete stormwater management system and a hardscaped, landscaped park. Given the size and scope of this project, it is considered to be a multi-year project from the start. Resident and stakeholder outreach and design sessions along with neighborhood surveying to solicit advice, comments and design ideas began in November and continues through February, 2017. Until we come up with a final name, we are simply calling it "Fondy Park".

 

 

 

 

The Location - 2200 block of W Fond du Lac Avenue, next to Fondy Market

fondy site aerial

 


 

Current state: May 19, 2017

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May 19 park construction looking SE

 

 

 

 

 

2016 pre-construction photos

Top: Fondy Park site aerial

Bottom: Site street view from Fond du Lac Avenue

Site before

 


THE VISION

Concept sketches and preliminary site designs for this multi-year, multi-phase project.

Phase 1: Construction timing: April, 2017 - August, 2017

Phase 2: Construction timing: April, 2018 - November, 2018

 

concept aerial view
Aerial view showing hardscaped walls, path and stormwater management solutions
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View from inside the park looking south
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Street view showing wall, path and "boxed-in" aboveground cistern (far right)
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In the park view looking north

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE DRAFT STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR THE SITE

Why this is a great site for stormwater management?

The roofs of the Fondy Market allow for plentiful rainfall collection,

The 3/5 acre site allows for a large-scale bioswale (sunken area with special soils and native plants) to absorb water.

How does this help sustainability?

Helps prevent basement flooding in the area surrounding the park

Keeps Lake Michigan cleaner by helping prevent sewerage overflows during heavy rain events

water plan

 

DETAILED INFORMATION ON FONDY PARK'S SUSTAINABILITY FOCUS: STORMWATER MANAGEMENT, SOLAR AND THE SITE'S REMOTE MONITORING & OPERATION

The Fondy Park will have a number of sustainability features that will help reduce local flooding, reduce the water inflow to the sewerage district's pipes during significant rain or melting events, keeping Lake Michigan cleaner.

The site will feature:

1) Gutters that collect rain off of the Fondy Market's buildings,

2) Pipes will collect water that would normally flow into a Fond du Lac Avenue storm sewer and bring it onto the site, out of the sewer system.

3) A 1,500 gallon aboveground cistern that holds rainwater for watering the park's plants,

4) A 2,500 square foot bioswale that will temporarily hold water in a meadow-like area, reducing  pressure on the sewer system during a storm,

5) Remote control of this stormwater system by Veolia/MMSD to control water inflow and outflow,

6) A roof-mounted solar system provided by ECO's Milwaukee Shines will provide power for the stormwater system and battery power for lighting and events requiring electricity,

7) Native perennial plantings, providing food and shelter for pollinators like bees and butterflies.

 
 
 
 

 


Tim McCollow
HOME GR/OWN Program Manager


(414) 286-3748

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Fondy Park Partners

 

  • Fondy Food Center
  • Reflo
  • ReciproCITY
  • Energy Exchange
  • Community Design Solutions
  • Redevelopment Authority of Milwaukee
  • City of Milwaukee Department of City Development
  • North Avenue/Fond du Lac Avenue BID #32
  • Alice's Garden
  • City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works
  • North Avenue Commercial Corridor Team
  • Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District
  • Fund for Lake Michigan
  • Veolia Water
  • GZA Environmental Engineers
  • Mayor Tom Barrett's Strong Neighborhoods Plan
  • Halquist Stone

Fondy Park on YouTube

 

See a drone's-eye view of the Fondy Park site before construction



 



 

 

Plan a visit: While the site is fenced-in for safety reasons, please stop by and peek at the construction starting this spring on the 2200 block of Fond du Lac Avenue,

immediately west of the Fondy Farmers Market.

Fondy map