During my run for the Milwaukee County Board back in 2007 and 2008, my theme was “Clear Parks, Clean Air, Clean Government.” All were related in some way, but of the three, Clean Parks resonated with the people I met while going door to door. It’s no coincidence that most of the people in the Bay View, Fernwood, and Tippecanoe neighborhoods were very interested in this, as they’ve been direct witness to the neglect that the County Parks have suffered in the last ten years.
That is why I am excited to be part of the advocacy group Milwaukee County First. It’s serving as a way to help draw attention to the parks, which are the County’s finest asset. While some claim that there is nothing good about the County, our parks are a powerful argument against that. With a little more care given to them, they can all shine again. (Perhaps the possible $5 million surplus in a portion of the county budget may be a good source for that?) Despite the apparently desperate situation the parks are in, the people of Milwaukee County still come out to use and enjoy their parks. Humboldt Park and Washington Park are two of the county’s most beloved and frequented parks, and both are home to free weekday night concerts. Parks in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee’s lakeside, southwest side and downtown also have free concerts, both during the week and on the weekend. And The Onion has an extensive write-up on the many concerts, many of which will be happening for the coming months.
Get out there and enjoy them! That’s the best thing you we can do to help keep them in good shape.