Healing Spaces Initiative

Información en español

The City of Milwaukee is launching the Healing Spaces Initiative in the Harambee neighborhood. Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) will lead the city’s effort.


Public spaces are an important part of urban life. They are a relaxing time-out from city-life, recharging your spirit while allowing you to use your neighborhood and enjoy your surroundings. The healing spaces will create a sense of comfort while being accessible to all.


Healing Spaces Initiative will help residents build relaxing natural environments on available city-owned vacant lots while, at the same time, eliminate blighted spaces and engage residents.


Projects will include pathways, benches, flower gardens, Gazebos, solar lights, Little Free Libraries and more.


We welcome volunteers to help us build and maintain Healing Spaces this summer and urge you to join us! To sign up to volunteer click here and write "Healing Spaces Initiative" in the Interest box.


Healing Space

Volunteer Build Day


Solomon Community Temple

Friday, Aug 20th
3:00pm - 7:00pm

3295 N MLK Drive

Sculpture Garden

Saturday, Aug 28th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

2868 N Richards Street

Peace Park

Saturday, Sep 11th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

3240 Dr MLK Drive

Reading Rest and Relaxation

Saturday, Sep 18th
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

1st and Wright Tot Lot



Healing Spaces are available to the public to enjoy and use.  Locate the Healing Spaces here:




image of birdhouse

Add birdhouses to attract wildlife


Image of benches designed by an artist

Add benches designed in colaboration with professional artists

image of free library

Provide support to your neighbhors with a Free Little Library


image of travertine pathway

Create a ADA accessible pathway

Image of bee house

Add unique features, like a bee house



Image of neighbors at a picnic table

Relax with neighbors at a picnic table

image of flowers

Add flowers to help beautify the space

Image of shelter

Build a shelter for all weather use

Accommodation Requests

Reasonable accommodations, of an auxiliary aid or service required due to a disability, for a City of Milwaukee event will be provided upon request. Contact the City of Milwaukee ADA Coordinator, 414-286-3475 or adacoordinator@milwaukee.gov as soon as possible but no later than 72 hours before the scheduled event.

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  ATTN: Healing Spaces Initiative


809 North Broadway, 3rd Floor 

Milwaukee, WI 53202

 Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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