In my short time as a Milwaukee County supervisor, I’ve started a number of “Friends” groups for parks in my district. Friends of Morgan Park is a happy success story. This group is dedicated to Morgan Park, a small triangular park located on South Kinnickinnic Avenue in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.
Morgan Park is rather wee, sporting a perimeter of just over 800 feet, and an area of roughly 27,600 square feet. (That’s ~2564 square meters for those keeping track.)
Despite the park’s small size, its neighbors are just as devoted as the people who live near the much larger Humboldt Park or Copernicus Park. Case in point: with less than 24 hours notice, a small group of neighbors came out on Saturday, November 16, which was a rather chilly day, to help out in a late Fall cleanup. This meant we raked leaves, a lot of leaves, out of the park. The park’s mature oak and maple trees drop a tremendous number of yellow-orange leaves on the ground. Without raking the leaves, they would mat under the snow and choke the grass, leaving bare patches on the smooth green lawn the next year. But with the Fall and Spring Clean-ups we have been performing for the past two years, the grass is noticeably better than in years past.
Here are some pictures from last weekend:
Pretty cool! And the best part is, the kids just love it:
“WHEEE!!” Giant piles of leaves present a perfect opportunity for jumping in.
This is on top of the other events we’ve done this year. Friends of Morgan Park has twice hosted Food Truck Friday during Bay View Gallery Night. Both of these have drew several hundred people to Morgan Park in what was probably a record-setting number for attendance in the The best part is, after the people and food trucks left, both the attendees and the Friends of Morgan Park did such a remarkable job of picking up that, save for the overflowing trash cans, you couldn’t tell that they’d been there.
Spring and Fall cleanups, brunches, organized health activities, and whatever else fits, all great activities brought about by the neighbors and Friends of Morgan Park.