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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.

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Fondy Park Ribbon-Cutting Marina Lee artwork installed at HG's Carter park, feat. Alderman Khalif Rainey
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Planters insalled 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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