January Meeting – 2017 Earth Day Event

Happy New Year!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 10th, 7:00pm at South Shore Park Pavilion.

The meeting will include planning for our 22nd annual Earth Day education event.  This event brings as many as 500 students from 10 area schools to South Shore Park to learn about good environmental practice.  Volunteers are needed to help coordinate and manage portions of the overall event.  Please join us at our next meeting if you are interested in the event and would like to help.

Thank you.


If you would like to help make a difference for South Shore Park, please join us at our next event or contact us at friendsofsouthshorepark@gmail.com

No South Shore Friends Meeting in December

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.

SS Frolics Meeting – Wednesday October 26

South Shore Frolics Community Meeting

County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic and Alderman Tony Zielinski are co-hosting a community meeting regarding the South Shore Frolics Festival and Parade.

The meeting is this Wednesday, October 26, 6:00pm at South Shore Park Pavilion.
All Friends of South Shore Park who are interested in the Frolics discussion are encouraged to attend and participate.

The Bay View Lions will participate. Parks Director John Dargle will also be present.

If you are unable attend, you may contact Alderman Zielinski at 414-286-3769 ortzielinski@milwaukee.gov to share your comments.


September Adopt-a-Beach Event.

Hello friends,

Please join us for the Alliance for the Great Lakes annual September Adopt-a-Beach Event.

When: Saturday September 17, anytime between 9:00 and 10:30am

Meet on the paved trail at the large anchor near the northeast corner of the Park Pavilion. South Shore Park Pavilion is located at 2900 S. Shore Drive, Milwaukee.

This event will recognize 25 years of the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach program. Cleanup volunteers will be participating at beaches and shorelines around the Great Lakes. This event is in partnership with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and NOAA.

Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please consider bringing a bucket or plastic bag from home to reduce the event’s environmental footprint.

Join us for this popular cleanup event and help care for our Great Lakes!  Visit the South Shore Farmers Market before or after the event. Thanks for your help in advance!

Event Registration – http://www.greatlakesadopt.org/Secure/Event/11383

If you would like to help make a difference for South Shore Park, please join us at our next event or contact us at friendsofsouthshorepark@gmail.com

Attend a Parks Public Input Session


Nine Workshops sponsored by County Executive Chris Abele have been scheduled between September 13 and October 5th as part of the Department of Parks & Recreation and Culture’s Parks 10 Year Master Plan and the 2050 Park and Open Space Plan. See Schedule below. The Park People urges everyone who cares about the future of our parks to attend at least one of these meetings to make your interest in our parks known.

Information gathered will support two major park planning efforts underway simultaneously: the 10-Year Parks System Master Plan and the 2050 Park & Open Space Plan. The 10-Year Parks Master Plan will provide recommendations for facilities, programs and services, maintenance and operation, and administration and management of the County park system. The 2050 Park & Open Space Plan will address long-range considerations including the preservation of environmental corridors, conservation lands, the recreational use of water bodies, and make recommendations on the distribution of parks and recreational facilities throughout the County.

Residents are encouraged to attend any of these upcoming public workshops. All forums will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a brief general presentation followed by a facilitated workshop.

Sept. 13, Kosciuszko Park Community Center, 2201 S. 7th St

Sept. 14, Lake Park Pavilion 3133 E. Newberry Blvd (lower level)

Sept. 15, Wilson Park Pavilion, 1601 W. Howard Ave.

Sept. 20, Brown Deer Park Golf Clubhouse, 7625 N. Range Line Road

Sept. 21, Gordon Park Pavilion, 2828 N. Humboldt Blvd.

Sept. 22, Dineen Park Pavilion, 6601 W. Vienna St.
Sept. 27, Sheridan Park Pavilion, 4800 S. Lake Drive

Oct. 4, McCarty Park Pavilion,2567 S. 79 St.

Oct. 5, Center Street Park Community Room, 6420 W. Clarke St.

Please take the time and attend one of these sessions!

The results of this planning will guide decisions about our beloved Milwaukee County Parks for the next 30 plus years.


South Shore Park iconic tree in dire straits?

South Shore Park iconic tree in dire straits?

September 1, 2016

By Katherine Keller

The State Champion European Copper Beech in South Shore Park, next to E. Estes Street, is exhibiting signs of stress and advanced age. PHOTO Katherine Keller The State Champion European Copper Beech in South Shore Park, next to E. Estes Street, is exhibiting signs of stress and advanced age.
PHOTO Katherine Keller

One of Bay View’s landmarks is the magnificent European Copper Beech tree on the northern edge of South Shore Park on E. Estes Street. Residents have expressed concern that the revered tree appears to be in poor health, evidenced this summer by a canopy of dead leaves.
“This beautiful tree is at a stage in its life that it is over-mature,” said Gregg Collins, forestry supervisor for the Milwaukee County Parks system.
It is believed that the European Copper Beech was introduced to North America during the colonial period and that the tree in South Shore Park was planted in the mid-1800s. That would make the tree about 160 years old.
In arborist terms, an over-mature tree is one that has exceeded its typical lifespan. It’s the human equivalent of age 105, Collins said.
“In the past four years we have lost several large limbs/leads. Each time this occurred, we have responded by removing any damaged lead and making clean pruning cuts,” Collins said.
During the same timeframe he observed missing bark at the base of the trunk that indicated tissue dieback, even though the tree had a very vigorous full leaf canopy in past years.
Last year two more large limbs failed and there was a noticeable thinning of the leaf canopy. So Collins contacted Wachtel Tree Science to help make a full diagnosis. “We both observed canopy thinning, gypsy moths, aphids, carpenter ants, tissue dieback, and the presence of a fungal infection,” he said.
He said the beech is a very old tree with many forces working against it, and worst of those may be the fungal infection. Fungal infections can disrupt the cambium flow. The cambium is a thin cellular layer that produces tissue that makes the roots, trunk, and branches grow thicker.
“Last year we treated the tree with an antifungal, ant killer, compost tea, mulch, and water. This year we have watched it, added mulch, and watered the root zone,” he said.
The hot dry weeks in June, July, and August exacerbated the tree’s stress.
SMALL-Copper-Beech-Dead-Curled-Leaves-KELLER The majority of leaves on the tree have turned brown and died, possibly the result of the tree’s fungal infection. PHOTO Katherine Keller

This year the canopy continued to thin and by midsummer, the majority of the remaining leaves died.
A small segment of foliage remains green. PHOTO Katherine Keller A small segment of foliage remains green.
PHOTO Katherine Keller

Forestry staff will water the stately icon again this summer. Collins said he hopes its roots are viable and that it will rebound next year. “I don’t want to immediately assume that it is dead and remove it in case it makes a recovery,” he said.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources keeps a record of “champion trees,” the largest in the state. The DNR records indicate that the champion beech in South Shore Park was last measured in 2007. At the time, the tree was 183 inches (15.25 feet) in circumference and was the second-highest rated European Copper Beech in the state.