Partners for Places
HOME GR/OWN's 2015 Partners for Places (P4P) initiative:
6 new pocket parks, 14 new orchard parks, and 230 fruit trees!
In late 2013, Will Allen, of Growing Power approached HOME GR/OWN about his idea to plant orchards on City-owned lots throughout Milwaukee's North Side. In the fall of 2014, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation was awarded a $75,000 competitive national grant through the Bloomberg Award for Partners for Places - a project of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. The award was matched with additional local funding sources to make Will Allen's vision a reality.
In the summer of 2015, along with nonprofits and neighborhood group partners, HOME GR/OWN constructed 14 fruit orchards parks and 6 pocket parks on City vacant lots. Due to the high number of City-owned vacant lots in the 6th, 7th, and 15th aldermanic districts, the majority of orchards and parks were located in those districts. In 2017, 2 of the pockets parks, Adams Park & Carter Park, had major public art installations funded by the Brico Fund. The artists are Marina Lee and Ann Wydeven.
OUR PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP:
The partners contributed funding and in-kind donations of materials, equipment, and staff time, working alongside neighbors, nonprofits, and community groups to install the orchard parks and pocket parks that have increased access to free, healthy food and created safe neighborhood gathering spaces. We would like to especially thank Stark Nursery for their generous contribution of trees, bushes, and plants that kicked off this project! In 2016, the sites were maintained by the Green Team from Riverworks Development Corporation. In 2017, North Side teen men maintained a number of the sites, employed by Operation Dream.