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HOME GR/OWN Projects

2019 Major HOME GR/OWN Projects

  • Fondy Park Phase 2 - solar install and stormwater expansion projects complete! Educational signage install: July '19
  • Rollout of Lindsay Heights Eco Neighborhood Eco Tour map and signage - complete, June, '19
  • Neighborhood Improvement Beautification ("NIB") project rollout - over 25 individual projects across the City of Milwaukee. #NIBMKE
    • Added 2 new pocket parks at 18th & Mitchell and CommonBond Park near Northridge
    • Biggest #NIBMKE project: renovation of Victory over Violence Park. Began 2018, estimated finish in June, 2020
    • Install 31 trash cans on North Ave, Fond du Lac Ave & Center Streets - complete
  • Complete Institute for Sustainable Communities grant with Walnut Way to increase Lindsay Heights climate change resiliency - Complete April, 2019
  • Complete Metcalfe Park & Amani pocket parks Phase 2 Upgrades
  • SARE Grant Compost/Food Recycling Project - #WI_COMPOST, #COMPOSTMKE awareness campaign, May '19
  • Close out 2016 - 2019 North Avenue Greenscaping Project

Historical HOME GR/OWN Projects

2018 Priority Projects:

  • New 2018/19 Neighborhood Improvement Beautification Program
  • Implementation of NML Foundation Amani/Metcalfe Park P4P Park Improvements
  • Phase 2 Improvements at Fondy Park
  • Implementation of resiliency solar, stormwater management and ECO Neighborhood projects under the new Institute for Sustainable Communities grant with Walnut Way
  • Increased healthy food access across Milwaukee 

2017 Priority Projects:

  • Construction of Fondy Park - Phase 1 Opened September 16, 2017!
  • Continuation of #NorthAve17 Greenscaping & Facade grant Project
    • Planters located to 5th and 14th & North - January 2017
    • New landscaping at North Avenue commercial properties: Mobil QuikLube, BP, 24/7 and Checkers - August - October, 2017
    • Asphalt removal from 15th & North vacant lot - February 2017; Contractor: Walnut Way Blue Skies Landscaping
    • Grass installation at 22nd & North, after 2016 tree installation - June 2017
    • Business Improvement District #32 neighborhood clean-up - August 2017
    • Code compliance orders resulted in 2 new fences and 3 repainted buildings at North Avenue commercial properties as of August 2017
    • New grasses planted at 11th & North greenscaping project - June 2017
    • Facade Grant program rollout - May 2017; working with 6 commercial properties on grants - December 2017
    • 7th & Garfield major vacant lot greenscaping and asphalt removal - Completed August 2017
    • 6th & North vacant lot greenscaping - Completed September 15, 2017
    • Additional trash cans added to North Avenue - in progress
    • Hanging flower baskets rehung May 2017
    • 18th & North bioswale and greenscaping completed - June 2017
  • Three new public art works installed in the HOME GRO/WN parks in the Amani neighborhood - Completed in September '17 with generous support of Brico Fund.
  • Healthy food access planning/development with Milwauke health Department and Department of City Development - Maps released June2017; Study in development
  • Upkeep and maintenance of the 20 2015 Partners for Places parks and orchards - Hired Walnut Way & Operation Dream teens to maintain our green spaces
  • Roll-out of new mobile, solar-powered pump cart for use at new stormwater management cisterns - In use as of June 2017
  • Mayor's Monarch Challenge - ongoing 2017 donations of milkweed seeds and native plants to community organizations; added 1000's of native plants at Fondy Park
  • Coordination of North Avenue activities with BID #32 and Commercial Corridor Team - Ongoing and monthly. HOME GR/OWN, City DCD and BID #32 have a team promoting North Avenue dacade grants, HOME GR/OWN active in long-term stretscaping plans for North Avenue, placemaking events.

2016 Priority Projects:

  • Revamped community garden at Richards & Clarke in Harambee - Site maintenance and "Earth Chair" install in June, 2016
  • New community garden and orchard with Hepatha Lutheran, Safe & Sound & Groundwork MKE - Complete July, 2016
  • Partnering with neighborhood sponsors for further investment & programming at new parks & orchards
  • Upkeep and maintenance of the 20 2015 Partners for Places parks and orchards - Replacement trees planted October, 2016
  • Roll-out of new mobile, solar-powered pump cart for use at new stormwater management cisterns - See 2017 above
  • New pocket park at Brady & Holton in 2017 - on hold due to land sale.
  • Free community fruit tree care classes - Update: First classes began in April
  • Planning for installation of public art in 2017 at Adams Park, Carter Park and Amani Community Orchard - Carter Park install June, 2017; Amani install September, 2017
  • Installation of solar power at Cream City Farms - Update: completed June, 2016
  • Cream City Farms  - open for business Summer 2016
  • 2016/2017 North Avenue Greenscaping Project, announced October, 2016
    • Trees planted at 11th, 22nd, 29th & 30th Streets

2015 Priority Projects:

  • Construction of Cream City Farms, a 1.3 acre commercial urban farm at 30th & Brown:  2016: Solar installed, 1st planting, fence work continuesMultiple 2015 aerial videos here
  • 14 new orchard parks and 6 new pocket parks built through Partners for Places grant - Update: 6 parks and 14 orchard parks completed November, 2015
  • Final construction on All People's Church orchard stormwater features - Update: 1,000 gallon cistern & rain garden complete as of June, 2015  Rain garden planted June '16. Aerial video here
  • 2015 Winner of SXSW Eco Places by Design international Design competition - Video of award-winning presentation here

Accomplishments 2013 - 2015:

  • Ezekiel Gillespie Park constructed summer 2014; named 2015 MANDI finalist, won Mayor's Design Award
  • 2015 Partners for Places initiative - 20 new healthy green spaces on Milwaukee's North Side; winner of SXSW Eco Places by Design design competition
  • New community gardens & orchards on City vacant lots: with partners Neu-Life, Groundwork MKE & Infallible Helping Hands
  • Passage of major revisions to the city's urban agriculture ordinances
  • Aided passage of revised Food Peddler ordinances
  • Major green infrastructure installations at Gillespie Park and All Peoples Orchard
  • Green job creation and job training via steady employment of North Side young adults - "By the neighborhood, for the neighborhood" 
  • Fundraising targets met to date

There are many other great ideas and potential projects. Please contact us if you have ideas for HOME GR/OWN.

For more details on HOME GR/OWN's general goals, please review Milwaukee's sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee.

HOME GR/OWN Partnering in the Community:

  • North Avenue Commercial Corridor Team member
  • Member of Community Development Alliance
  • member of citywide commercial corridors planning team
  • Active in MKE Elevate
  • Active in B.I.D. #32 Board of Directors meetings
  • Member of Milwaukee Food Council Food Policy Committee
  • Past representation on Milwaukee Food Council Board of Directors ensures City collaboration with Milwaukee & regional community food organizations.
  • Past representation on Cooperative Institute for Urban Agriculture & Nutrition Steering Committee & Initial Board of Directors
  • Coordinating vacant lot rehabilitation efforts with the Mayor Barrett's Strong Neighborhoods Plan & NIDC.


Top row: (l) new orchard installed at Mt. Zion Baptist Church; (m) Groundwork Green Team crew hired to build 2nd & Nash orchard, along with 6 other orchard parks; (r) Zumba class in Gillespie Park, summer 2015.

Second row:  (l) aerial of tree holes at SET/HACM Cherry Court Community Garden before tree planting; (m) Pumpkin carving at HG-Outpost Pumpkin Patch at Sunshine Park, 10/24/2015; (r) City's 1st RainShed built by UW County Extension - MKE's own open source design by UWM School of Architecture & Urban Planning.

Bottom row: (r) Mayor Tom Barrett talking to Walnut Way Blue Skies Landscaping work crew during park construction; (m) 2nd & Nash Nigella Community Orchard; (r) 38th & Clark's Scholars Park from the air.

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