And while you’re in Bay View, check out the KK Triangle garden

We have a lot to be proud of here in Bay View. More than just a cozy neighborhood on Milwaukee’s south side, we have a lot of citizens and neighbors who are actively involved with the care and upkeep of our community. To me, our strong and involved community is what makes Bay View so unique and a good place to be.

Anyway, I helped weed this garden at the street triangle created by the intersections of Kinnickinnic, Lincoln and Howell Avenues, better known as the KK Triangle. What was before an ugly piece of concrete is now a robust and growing garden filled with beautiful flowers.

The Bay View Neighborhood Association is worth quoting from here on out. It was my pleasure to be a part of this, and it’s great to see this successful collaboration between public and private groups here in Milwaukee really work out well.

Bay View Neighborhood Association and Bay View Garden and Yard Society Collaboration comes to life on KK

 KK Triangle Bare   KK Triangle Volunteers at Work    KK Triangle Planted
(All pictures are clickable.)

On June 14th, the BVNA and the BVGAYS planted, at long last, the triangle at the corner of Kinnickinnic, Lincoln and Howell Avenues, affectionately known as the KK Triangle. The BVNA’s Public Spaces Committee chair Stephanie Harling championed this cause and worked hard to see it come to fruition. Bob Solem from BVGAYS also played a significant role in the planning of this project. With shovels, trowels and gardening gloves in hand, a group of tireless volunteers transformed the Triangle, as well as the planters along North KK, into the beautiful, blooming green space it is today. The City of Milwaukee provided 30% of the plant materials as well as installing the irrigation system. [Emphasis added.]

The BNVA would like to express our gratitude to the volunteers who aided in the planting, Stone Creek Coffee and Wildflour Bakery for providing planting-day treats, Bay View landscape architect Henry Szymanski for donating his design expertise, and Everyday Philanthropists and William Jones Foundation for their generous grants. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.