Pocket Parks Popping Up in Milwaukee Are Getting Noticed

Mar 14, 2013

This evening, people will gather to honor success stories of neighborhoods pulling together at the 14th annual MANDI awards - known formally as the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation.

One contender is a pocket park called 29th and Burnham Park. Until not so long ago, it was a lot that attracted loitering and garbage dumping. But now it blends gardens with community art.

Young Farmers of Milwaukee at Kilbourn Park in the Riverwest neighborhood (summer of 2012)
Credit Susan Bence

Among the partners that nurtured that blending are two local non profits: Groundwork Milwaukee and Milwaukee Urban Gardens, or MUG. And those two groups recently announced their decision to officially “blend”.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at some of the threads that drew the two together.

A solar panel is installed at Grow and Play community garden in Harambee neighorhood in October 2011.
Credit Susan Bence