On February 8, 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 & Sanitation, UWM's Community Design Solutions, GZA, Energy Exchange and more. The blighted lot has been vacant for over 35 years.
The 3/5 acre lot will be transformed into a stormwater park filled with sustainability features and a new gathering space for Lindsay Heights and Fond du Lac Avenue residents. The project started in August 2016 with creation of the partner team, project design and planning. In October 2016, the partners were awarded grants from MMSD and Fund for Lake Michigan to manage all stormwater on-site, keeping Lake Michigan clean and helping prevent local flooding. Construction of Phase 1 of Fondy Park will begin in the spring. We especially thank Alderman Russell Stamper II, UWM's Community Design Solutions and all the residents contacted through our neighborhood outreach for their inspiration on this project.
Photo credit: Lee Matz, Milwaukee Independent