Many thanks

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!

Pullin’ o’ the Green Irish Party, March 15th

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.

Another Eagle Scout Project

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!


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!

Slope Restoration Grant Project


On December 7th, 2012, the Friends of Grant Park were awarded a matching $5,000 mini grant from Sweet Water – the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. The aim of the grant program is to improve water quality in the Milwaukee and Racine area watersheds area by supporting local, grassroots efforts that employ green infrastructure practices and conservation-related activities that will improve water quality, restore/reserve habitat or educate people about these issues and associated stewardship actions.

Our desire was to stabilize slopes in the “Seven Bridges” ravine.  These slopes were compromised over the last few summers by the increased foot traffic of many who love and continued to use the park after a heavy storm washed out one of the critical beach access bridges. The mini grant allowed us to re-establish native ground, shrub and tree vegetative cover on these slopes with appropriate coir and biodegradable erosion fabric.  Natural “wattle” fencing was included to discourage further foot traffic.

Habitat preservation will serve migratory species within this riparian corridor. Stabilizing the upper and intermediate slopes with over and understory plants means that species dependent upon clean water, and healthy insect and invertebrate reproduction will continue to flourish in the long-shaded and cool environs of the ravine.

We were fortunate to have over 2 dozen volunteers before and on June 8th, who helped with the actual installation. We were blessed with no mosquitos and fabulously cool weather for the daunting task of hauling nearly 20 yards of weed-free compost down the slope. We had help from landscape professionals Mike Marek and crew, who showed us how to install erosion blankets and slope interruptors in steeply eroded areas. To see pictures of our project, visit the photo gallery and click on “slope restoration”.


Wulff Lodge Eagle Scout Project


The Friends of Grant Park were very lucky to have Austin Hartline, from Boy Scout Troop 252, propose an Eagle Scout project in Grant Park at Wulff Lodge. His project was to build a new fire pit and benches, and set paving stone around the pit which is near the lodge, which tends to be a favorite retreat for scout groups and others. The Friends of Grant Park and others helped with the purchase of raw materials. Austin had help from mentors and fellow scouts, and in August, 2012, the project was finished. A truly professional job!

Friends of Grant Park thanks our Challenge Grant donors

The recent $5,000 challenge grant from Sweetwater SE Wisconsin Watersheds Trust inspired local residents and businesses to make donations to The Friends of Grant Park (either to FoGP, or to our fiscal agent, The Park People of Milwaukee County). We would like to acknowlege their generosity.

Community Supporters

  • Girard’s Service

Individual Donors

Pillars ($200+)

  1. Betsy Abert
  2. Don Lawson and Bobbie Groth

Sustainers ($50 to $199)

  1. Lois Schreiter

Friends (up to $49)

  1. Bonnie Beth and Gary Lugauer
  2. Jill Sahagian
  3. Nancy Wucherer