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May, 2018: Well, spring finally arrived in Wisconsin! What has HOME GR/OWN been up to?

  • With financial help from the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, Milwaukee-based Edge Grain installed the roof at the Fondy Park stage during some brutal March and April weather, photo below.
  • Our City Hall CSA recruitment was a success with 25 City Hall staffers signing up for CSAs with pick-up right here at City Hall. This year, we are working with 2 farmers: Springdale and Cream City Farms.
  • The tulips and daffodils are up i HOME GR/OWN pocket parks and the trees are in bloom!
  • We thank the NML Foundation for their recent $40,000 grant to HOME GR/OWN to maintain and add new amenities in 2018 and 2019 to the pocket parks built in 2015 in the Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods! The concept for additions to Metcalfe Rising Park at 34th & Center are shown below.
  • As part of our North Avenue greenscaping project, five commercial properties between 14th - 20th and North have qualified for enhanced facade grants, with upgrades to occur this year. Rainbow Foods, Galst Foods, Auto Repair & Supply, Columbia Savings & Loan and Mobil QuikLube will all be receiving external building enhancements, again financial help from the City Department of City Development and again the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative.
  • Final landscaping around the Fondy Park stage is out for bid. Installation of a new rain garden and pollinator garden will begin soon. The big Fondy Park corner sign going up soon. Educational signage in design for summer install.
  • As part of the new Institute for Sustainable Communities grant, Walnut Way and ECO are planning for 4 new solar installations and associated job training/shadowing in Lindsay Heights. Locations: Alice's Garden, Fondy Park, Wellness Commons and the Walnut Way Center. The grant will also help fund new stormwater management features at Greater Galillee Church, Alice's Garden and an expansion of the existing system at Fondy Park.
  • The North Avenue Greenscaping project, pocket parks and North Avenue development were featured for the 1st time in 2 Jane's Walks, 1 led by HOME GR/OWN and Sharon Adams, as part of the national Jane's Walks events to honor the work of urban planner Jane Jacobs. More info on other May Milwaukee neighborhood walks here.
  • The Lindsay Heights/North Avenue commercial corridor improvements, new economic development, pocket parks and other sustainability features were showcased in mid-May through 2 HOME GR/OWN-sponsored walking tours with partners UWM Community Design Solutions and Walnut Way, as part of the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference in Milwaukee May 15-17.

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.

SPRING 2018

New Fondy stage roof (front view) New Fondy stage (rear view)
roof roof rear
Spring tulips at Sunshine Park Spring daffodils at Fondy Park
tulips daffodils
Jeremy Davis of Blue Skies at RVP Workshop Tim McCollow talking to RVP Workshop in EG Park
Jeremy Davis Tim McCollow
Jane's Walk: Sharon Adams at Walnut Way Fondy park bioswale during May rain storm
Sharon Adams Fondy in May
2017 native plants seeded in bioswale emerging Fondy native plant seedlings emerging in prairie
bioswale prairie seedlings
Some of Fondy Park's 19 new trees in bloom Fondy Park border perennials and tulips emerge
tree blossoms tulips
Tim talking Fondy Park during Jane's Walk Concept for NML-funded 34th & Center park additions
McCollow Janes Walk concept drawing

 

WINTER 2017/2018

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMER/FALL 2017

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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tmccol@milwaukee.gov

 

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