We are very fortunate to have the students of Ms. Chris Bosetti’s class helping Grant Park with their generous donation of five flats of native perennials that have been used to enhance the habitat for pollinating insects and migrating birds. A number of the plants were used in the creation of storm water runoff beds (rain gardens), and others will be included in natural areas development as the park continues to reduce its mowing schedule. Thank you, Middle Schoolers!
Grant Park was lucky to get pampered on May 17th by the generous folks at Briggs & Stratton, who came by the carload to help spruce up the park. The weather was sunny, if a bit brisk in the morning, but warmed up as the day passed. Gathering at the area #5 pavilion, the crew was briefed on various chores needing their attention that day. On their “to do” list: painting area #5 pavilion and picnic tables; weeding and planting native species in a rain garden; sweeping and clearing stairs in Seven Bridges ravine; and spray-painting the lines in parking lots.
When a large group of volunteers all work together, fun happens, and the park and the community it serves all shine. Thank you!
We begin our weekly “Sundays in Spring” Migration Birdwalks on Sunday, April 27th. We will conclude the walks on Memorial Day weekend. We meet at the north end of Grant Park via the Wiloway Park entrance at Picnic area parking Lot 8 at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, the walks will be canceled in the event of a predicted morning of rainfall. Bring binoculars. Brimmed hats helpful. Long pants and comfortable closed shoes are recommended. All ages and experiences are welcome, with the note that youngsters should be able to maintain a modicum of quiet. This is a passive activity, but often we are joined by skilled birders who are happy to share what they know of identification, both visual and in song. Contact Betsy if you have any questions: email@example.com 414-531-9249
Now that the snow has melted, we can see the trash that was under the snow, left behind from last season. Yuck. Please consider lending a hand on Saturday, April 26th, at 8 a.m. as the Friends of Grant Park and Friends of the Mill Pond will he handing out trash bags at the beach house. Trash cleanup from our end will be focused along the beach and up through the parkway. If folks have their own gloves, that is recommended. And if you wish to do cigarette butt duty at the beach lot, a fine tined rake will help in that regard. Any folks with waders are welcome to get down into the shallows of the creek to haul out refuse unless the creek is running high and fast as it did after recent storms.
Please consider Spring Cleanups In The Parks sponsored by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful and Riverkeepers. Other locations for clean up in South Milwaukee starting at 9 a.m. are:
First District: Oak Creek Parkway/North Chicago
Second District: South Milwaukee Fire Department
Third District: City Hall
Fourth District: 16th and Rawson (Oak Creek Parkway)
A clean park is a happy park.
It takes a village to support a local parks’ friends group… Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, donated or advertised for the Pullin’ o’ the Green Irish party on March 15th. We had a great turnout helped by acceptable weather, and sold every ticket. The Garlic Mustard Pickers provided the musical sparkle. The guests were tempted by an impressive array of raffle prizes. We had 12 lucky winners. Raffle prizes included gift passes to Irish Fest and Milwaukee County Parks attractions, gift baskets with donations from Fromm’s Pet Food, Pink Bunny Games, Hills of Clay pottery, South Milwaukee Car Care, Chicago Avenue Liquor and Friends of the Mill Pond.
Special thanks to the National Honor Society at South Milwaukee High School and to Boy Scout Troops no. 235 and 252 for providing waiters for the evening: Scouts Jacob, Chris, Keith, Steven, and Danny; NHS students Kim, Allie, Sarena, Monica, Ines, Joel, and Emily. Nice job everyone!
Thanks to Tri-City National Bank and to Pyramax Bank for advertising on their scrolling LED signs.
Advance tickets were available at Nona’s Cafe, Parkway Floral, and Guardian Credit Union allowing guests to pick up theirs anytime during business hours. Again, thank you!
Friends of Grant Park volunteers included the following: Annemarie Adsen, Michael Timm, Jan Marsh, Keith Schulenburg, Jan Schumacher, Kathy Slamka, Nancy Wucherer, Kathy Briesmeister, Marilyn Geiger, Lynn Crawford, Rob Vajagich, Rick Kaiser, Don Lawson, Bobbie Groth, Bob Porth, Becky Wheeler, Jackie Benka, Debby Pizur, Betsy Abert, and Jody Johnson
Without all of you, this would not happen. Thank you all!
Don’t miss our annual Irish Party fund raiser, Pullin’ o’ the Green amid the shamrocks at Grant Park Golf clubhouse, 100 E. Hawthorne, South Milwaukee. Inspired by our yearly “Weed-Out!” in April-May, it’s Irish brew, stew and music, too! Join us on Saturday, March 15th for a wee bit of the brew, some corned beef & cabbage, beef stew or potato kale soup. Foot tappin’ tunes provided by the Garlic Mustard Pickers. Raffle prizes, too. There will be two seatings at either 4:30 or 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 adult; $5 children under 12 and include your choice of brew or NA beverage, entree, and dessert. Tickets can be purchased in advance (available Feb. 22 thru March 15) at Nona’s Cafe, Parkway Floral, and Guardian Credit Union in South Milwaukee. For more information, call (414) 764-7262.
Be sure to visit us on Facebook for updates and events. Here is the link:
Friends of Grant Park Facebook page
Chris Sobszak, from Boy Scout Troop 252, is focusing his attention on his eagle scout project at picnic area 3. Numerous picnic tables there make it a difficult area for park’s staff to mow, so Chris is installing a large area of paving stones for the tables to rest on, creating a no-mow zone. Thanks to funding from FOGP, Friends of the Mill Pond and others, the project was completed by mentors and members of Troop 252. Nice work, guys!
Birdwatching magazine has designated Grant Park as a birding “hot spot” in southeastern Wisconsin due to its variety of feathered visitors and its proximity to fresh water, foliage, insect and plant diversity. You can read an article written by one of our members, Betsy Abert, about the varieties observed at this link:
For the second year, the Friends of Grant Park will participate in the Adopt-a-Beach event sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 21st, from 9 a.m. til noon at Grant Park Beach. Wear a hat and bring your own sunblock, if desired. We’ll provide plastic bags, plastic gloves, bug spray and lemonade.
Last year’s event was successful and attended by community members and several Girl Scout troops. The trash is sorted and tallied to gain an assessment of the nature of the trash collected. That information is shared with the Alliance, which pools that information with other Adopt-a-Beach clean-ups up and down the coast of Lake Michigan. Grant Park beach is an impaired waters beach as listed by the EPA and next to Southshore is one of the most chronically impaired beaches in the lake. This activity helps mitigate potential pollution sources in the future. Come join us!