HOME GR/OWN's new Sunshine Park
Located at 14th & North Avenue in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood
Sunshine Park was created in conjunction with the site's major partners: HOME GR/OWN, Walnut Way Conservation Corp, City NIDC, the Mayor's Strong Neighborhoods Plan as partners in the 2015 Partners for Places initiative.
Sunshine was conceived and designed to catalyze positive, healthy economic development on North Avenue. This pocket park will serve as an outdoor extension of the Walnut Way Wellness Commons being built down the street, in addition to being a new gathering space for relaxation and healthy living, exemplified by Rainbow Foods next door - one of the area's healthy corner stores. To the east of Sunshine Park is a City vacant lot planted with beautiful river birch and other trees as part of our 2015 Arbor Day celebration. Sunshine Park is 3 blocks west of HOME GR/OWN's Ezekiel Gillespie Park.
Walnut Way and HOME GR/OWN were considering a park at this site prior to the P4P initiative. The site has a heritage in the neighborhood as told by Sharon Adams of Walnut Way in this story. The site consists of 2 City-owned vacant lots. With input from the Walnut Way Housing Committee, HOME GR/OWN and Walnut Way, UWM's Community Design Solutions worked with the neighborhood sponsors to design the site with a "wow" factors. The park was constructed in the spring of 2015 by Walnut Way's Blue Skies Landscaping, employing residents from the neighborhood.
Construction: June, 2015
Grand Opening: July, 2015
Sustainable Features of the park:
- Fruit trees
- Rain garden
- Native perennials
- Walnut Way
- Outpost Natural Foods
- Walnut Way Housing Committee