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Urban Orchards and Parks Replacing Vacant Lots as City and Philanthropic Partners Implement Sustainability Grant

July 31, 2015

Today, the first of more than 20 vacant lots in Milwaukee being transformed into urban orchards and pocket parks through a matching grant secured by a consortium of City and philanthropic agencies have been completed. 

This project builds off Milwaukee’s past successes in transforming vacant spaces as part of Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN and Strong Neighborhoods program, while putting neighborhood residents to work in improving their own communities.

“Working with UWM’s Community Design Solutions, it is wonderful to see residents in at the ground level, designing these parks and orchards to meet the unique needs of their neighborhood,” said Mayor Barrett.  “This is exactly the type of public/private partnership I envisioned HOME GR/OWN to foster – in this case, private business, non-profits, neighborhood groups and philanthropic organizations working together to create vibrant, fruitful spaces that revitalize neighborhoods, create safe, healthy gathering places and increase access to healthy food.”

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