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On March 15, 2018, the partners that created Fondy Park were awarded a prestigious LISC Milwaukee MANDI Award for "Best Public Space" in the City! You can read more about the "Oscars style" awards ceremony here. ECO HOME GR/OWN is proud to have won 2 MANDI Awards for Public Space in the last 4 years and we are 2 for 2 on Awards night! HOME GR/OWN and our partners won 2015 MANDI for the Ezekiel Gillespie Park project.

On February 23, City ECO, Health and HR departments partnered with the Milwaukee Food Council, Springdale Farm and Cream City Farm to celebrate national CSA Day. The event increased awareness of CSAs as another option to increase access to healthy, local food (a HOME GR/OWN & ReFreshMKE stated goal), encouraged local workplaces to become 2018 CSA drop-off locations and kicked off CSA sign-ups for City Hall staff. More info on Milwaukee CSAs here.

On January 30, we announced that the City of Milwaukee ECO and Walnut Way Conservation Corps have a won a major grant to promote and install solar and stormwater management in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights Neighborhood in 2018. The competitive, national grant from the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) names Walnut Way as one of their new Partners for Resilient Communities. ECO, Walnut Way and stakeholders will work to complete up to 4 solar power installations and at least 1 stormwater management project in Lindsay Heights in 2018. We will also be creating a solar installer job training program for residents of color and working with residents to make Lindsay Heights one of Milwaukee's first ECO Neighborhoods. More information on this project here.

On December 5, 2017, Milwaukee's Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced its 2018 MANDI Awards Finalists and HOME GR/OWN and partners' Fondy Park was named a Finalist in the Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Category! Stories on the Finalists can be found here and here and here.

On October 4, 2017, HOME GR/OWN was featured in a national Civil Eats story about the success of Milwaukee's urban agriculture movement.

Also on October 4th, the Environmental Collaboration Office took part is a U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of urban agriculture in Milwaukee, along with Central Greens.

On September 16, 2017, the City and its partners opened the new Fondy Park eco-park as part of the Fondy Food Center Centennial Event. In February, 2017, Mayor Tom Barrett announced the creation of Fondy Park, on a vacant lot adjacent to the popular North Side Fondy Farmers Market.  The public/private partnership building the park is is led by ECO City of Milwaukee's HOME GR/OWN initiative, Fondy Food Center, ReciproCITY, Reflo, the Mayor's Strong Neighborhoods Plan, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Fund for Lake Michigan, City DCD, DPW Forestry & Sewers, UWM's Community Design Solutions, GZA, Energy Exchange, ArtWorks for Milwaukee and more. In October, Fondy Park was named MMSD's Green Luminary for its innovative stormwater management at the site.

The park was built by Simon Landscaping, Rozga Plumbing, Blue Skies Landscaping, David J Frank Landscaping, Allcon Electric, DPW Streetlighting, Edge Design, Walnut Way, and Ray Chi. The former partial construction site has been vacant for over 35 years.

WINTER 2017/2018

CSA DAY, February 23rd CSA DAY, February 23rd
ISC/Walnut Way Design Sessions ISC/Walnut Way Design Sessions
Gilespie Park preventing flooding, Feb 20 Fondy Park managing rainfall, Feb 20


































ribbon cutting planters
Fondy Park Ribbon-Cutting Marina Lee artwork installed at HG's Carter park, feat. Alderman Khalif Rainey
planters message board
Planters installed at 22nd & Locust HG Orchard - created by Ann Wydeven & residents shown Blanche Brown artwork installed at 24th & Burleigh HG Carter Park




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