April Meeting – Earth Day Volunteers Needed Hi Friends, Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 11th, 7pm at South Shore Park Pavilion. We are hosting our 21st annual earth day education event on April 25. The event features environmental presentations and activities for over 400 local elementary school students. Volunteers are needed to help during the day of the event. Please join us at our next meeting or contact us if you would like to help. Thank you!
Happy Valentines Day to our park friends. In honor of the day, we will not have a meeting this month. We look forward to seeing you in March on the second Tuesday of the month.
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No South Shore Friends Meeting in December
Happy Holidays to the Friends of South Shore Park.
We will NOT have our regular friends group meeting at South Shore Pavilion on December 13. Please join us for our next meeting Tuesday January 10.
Happy Holidays to All and see you in the new year.
Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic announced major county investments in South Shore Park Monday as part of the 2017 Milwaukee County budget. Part of a long-term project, the additional funding will improve beach and water quality, provide better access for a variety of users, and upgrade various facilities.
“The 2017 Milwaukee County Budget brings more funds to my district which continues the major enhancement of South Shore Park, a regional resource for all. This year we will see the upgrades to our park take shape and we are closer now than ever to reopening a cleaner, safer beach,” said Dimitrijevic.
The 2017 Milwaukee County budget allocates $1,200,000 for reconstruction of the existing parking lot and boat launch, new storm water treatment systems, amenities like boat wash and fish cleaning facilities, improved beach management, and new landscaping.
Upgrades will provide better access to the water’s edge, and storm water best management practices and wildlife controls will improve near-shore water quality and decrease the number of days of beach water quality advisories. Pedestrian and bike trails will also see improvements.
Working together with County Executive Chris Abele and Park Director John Dargle, Supervisor Dimitrijevic has made investing in South Shore Park a top priority in recent years. One of the goals of the South Shore project is to remove the beach from many “10 worst” lists.
Earlier this fall, the EPA awarded a $350,000 grant to studying relocating the beach to improve water quality and reduce closures. In March, the Wisconsin Waterways Commission awarded an $800,000 grant to construct a sea wall and promenade, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Division awarded a $100,000 grant for green infrastructure. In 2015, Milwaukee County appropriated $1.6 million to address improvements at the north half of the parking lot.
Another component of the ongoing South Shore Park renaissance is the establishment of the South Shore Terrace, one of four permanent beer gardens located in Milwaukee County parks. The Terrace features two large murals depicting Bay View’s rich history and were recently unveiled to the public. The murals are located in the “Miller 1855” bar area.
Friends, our Election Day November 8, meeting is cancelled. We will be meeting in December, look for an announcement. you can still go to the park to vote on Election Day. Many of us go to our beautiful Pavilion to vote. Vote for our Parks in our Park.