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A haunted trail in the ravine…

Trek ‘n Treat • Oct. 15th • 1 – 4 pm • Grant Park Area 5

Families were invited to “view the haunts of nature” in Grant Park, South Milwaukee, on Sunday, October 15th from 1 – 4 pm. Friends of Grant Park sponsored an educational/fundraiser event called Trek ‘n Treat.  Participants followed the trails through the 7 Bridges area to approximately 15 stations in the park, answered nature related questions, and received treats along the way! The long route meandered through the ravine, the short route was an accessible option.  In Shelter 5A there were refreshments, pumpkin painting, birding information and other activities related to the park and its unique habitat.

A big time thank you to some great volunteers who made this happen. We had help this year from the South Milwaukee National Honor Society, Leo’s, Link Crew, Middle School Volunteens, South Milwaukee Historical Society, and Special Olympic Athletes.

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These photos were taken at Trek ‘n Treat, Oct. 16, 2016.
A huge Thank You to our local businesses that donated to our 2017 event!!!

  • Blaine’s Farm and Fleet
  • Oak Creek Piggly Wiggly
  • SM McDonald’s
  • SM ACE Hardware
  • SM Pick ‘n Save
  • SM Walgreens
  • SM Walmart
  • Tri City Bank
  • Cudahy Tiprint
  • Cudahy Project Concern

For more information call 414-764-0461.

Get your copy of the Friends of Grant Park 2017 Calendar!

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• A gorgeous full-color calendar filled with spectacular park pictures by local photographers
• The perfect gift for nature lovers
• Includes dates for South Milwaukee and Friends of Grant Park events
• All proceeds will be used for maintenance and improvement of Grant Park
in South Milwaukee
• Friends of Grant Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Special thanks to the photographers
• Lynn Crawford
• Mary Francis
• Sue Hibben
• Todd Leech
• Dalibor Mrkic
• Keith Orcholski
• Laura Rubin
• Michael Timm
• Rob Vajagich
• Rebecca Wheeler
• Rita Wiskowski
…and more who have graciously allowed the Friends of Grant Park to use their photo(s) for the calendar, and the calendar commitee: Pam Uhrig, Debby Pizur, Jackie Benka, Betsy Abert and Sue Hebner.

Pre-order your calendar and save!

Pre-order, early-bird pricing good until October 15, 2016. 
_____ $10 each (Save 17%)
_____  $9 each for 2 or more (Save 25%)
Calendars will be available for purchase (cash or check only) at Parkway Floral by Aug. 15.
Calendars may be ordered by mail: Please add $1.50 per calendar for shipping & handling to the above prices. Send your name, address, city, and zip code. Make check payable to “Friends of Grant Park” and mail to:
421 Hawthorne Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172

The Park People News

In addition to an article about the crumbling Mitchell Park Domes, the Friends of Grant Park are featured in an article in this quarterly newsletter edited by the Park People’s executive director, Jim Goulee:

The Park People News 2016

A side note regarding the FOGP fundraiser, Pullin’ o’ the Green: due to escalating costs of staging the event, the Irish party fundraiser scheduled for March 12th has been cancelled.

 

 

 

Milwaukee Public Museum brings BioBlitz to Grant Park June 10 & 11

This article appeared in Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik’s November 2015 e-newsletter:

A BioBlitz is a scientific “race”– a 24-hour species count by a team of scientists and surveyors that produces scientifically valid data, as well as interesting discoveries and public education about the biodiversity that exists in an urban setting. You can read and hear two WUWM stories about Milwaukee’s first-ever BioBlitz here and here. The first BioBlitz (run by MPM at Schlitz Audubon Center) counted 820 species in 24 hours, identified several Federal or State-listed endangered species that Audubon didn’t know it had onsite, as well as discovered an invasive Asian worm that could, if left unchecked, devastate the Audubon Center’s landscape.

The Grant Park BioBlitz will take place June 10-11, 2016 and the public will be welcomed to base camp from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday to meet the scientists, participate in activities with MPM educators, and watch the action. Grant Park was specifically selected because of the variety of landscapes and habitats it holds. More information forthcoming.

Seven Bridges Trail, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

Bridges and walkways traverse the ravines of Grant Park, one of the oldest parks in Milwaukee County.

By Lynn Kronschnabel-Bieser

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The Seven Bridges Trail offers a unique recreational and inspirational opportunity within the large urban area of Milwaukee County. The trail contains a series of bridges and walkways routed through a set of ravines that bisect Grant Park, and it exemplifies the grand vision of the Milwaukee County Park Commission of the early 20th century: to provide a well designed natural oasis amid the industrial expansion of Milwaukee.

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Winter on the Seven Bridges Trail

Established in 1911, Grant Park is one of the oldest parks in Milwaukee County, and one of the most significant in the development of the rest of the System. In 1914 the Milwaukee County Park Commission hired Frederick C. Wulff, a German horticulturist and arborist to develop a nursery, greenhouse, orchard, and game farm that would provide stock for the development of the Park System. Wulff was also responsible for the development of much of Grant Park, including the Seven Bridges Trail. In 1917 a house was built atop a ravine in what is now the Seven Bridges Trail for Wulff and his family. The house still stands at the edge of the trail and is used by youth organizations for overnight stays.

The development of the trail continued through the 1920’s and 30’s under the direction of Wulff. Over 200 WPA and CCC workers assisted in the construction of the trail, including several wooden footbridges, a covered, Bavarian style bridge, lannon stone stairways and walkways, stone retaining walls, a man-made waterfall with dams and ponds, and plantings along the ravines and rock walls. Great care was taken to blend the man-made structures in with the natural elements of the ravines, creating a dramatic, yet serene environment around the trail.

Today the Seven Bridges Trail is a focal point of Grant Park, drawing thousands of visitors of a broad and diverse population from the Milwaukee area and beyond. Many urban school groups visit the trail for nature study and overnight stays at the Wulff Lodge. The trail offers wonderful opportunities for birding, photography, wildlife observation, silent strolling, and access to Lake Michigan.

The Seven Bridges Trail allows access to many outstanding natural resources found within Grant Park. The ravines are heavily wooded with very old stands of American Beech, Maple, White Ash, and Yellow Birch trees. On the forest floor there is an abundance of spring ephemerals, Trout Lilies, Jack-in-the-Pulpits, May Apples, Trilliums, and many other native flora. Along the bluffs adjacent to the trail, there is a wet fen (meadow) which supports a population of plants, which are rare to the area. As a prime migratory route along Lake Michigan, the area is host to many migrating birds.

Best Wishes

The Friends of Grant Park wish Matt Collins the best as he moves on to become the Assistant Director of Parks for Kenosha. His position as the Grant Park Unit Coordinator will be filled by Jake Klingforth who is an energetic and highly skilled manager that will bring fresh ideas and a positive spirit to the Grant Park team.  He will officially start at Grant on 6/8 and can be reached by email Jacob.klingforth@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Good luck, Matt!

 

 

 

Milwaukee County Parks awarded $635,000 grant

By Press Release

Submitted to OnMilwaukee.comE-mail author

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 The grant money will be used to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Milwaukee County Parks will receive a grant of $635,000 as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to combat invasive species in the Great Lakes basin.

Milwaukee County Parks will collaborate with the Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps/Student Conservation Association, the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute to remove invasive plant species from 32 ecologically diverse natural areas encompassing 1,300 acres of critical wildlife habitat in the Milwaukee County Park System.

The project will also provide educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12 as well as for college students.

“Thank you to the EPA for this important opportunity to collaborate with them in achieving a shared goal of environmental stewardship,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. “Equally as important, we will engage students around Milwaukee County in a hands-on learning opportunity that will not only benefit the park land directly, but also instill a sense of environmental ethics and pride in our great park system.”​

In other grants news, the Milwaukee County Parks Department has received a 2015 Root River Watershed Initiative Network grant of $9,910 to reforest 6.9 acres of leased agricultural land.

The reforestation project, directly adjacent to the Root River, will be planted to a diversity of native trees and shrubs that will provide habitat for migratory and breeding wildlife populations. The Parks Department will be partnering with the Franklin High School Eco-Club to install this planting in the fall of 2015.

Briggs & Stratton Lends a Hand

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!

Workers choose their tools for the task(s) at hand.

Workers choose their tools for the task(s) at hand.

Sweeping and clearing all those stairs was no small job.

Sweeping and clearing all those stairs was no small job.

Table 38, 39, 40... but who's counting?

Table 38, 39, 40… but who’s counting?

Lines in the parking lot were faintly visible before painting.

Lines in the parking lot were faintly visible before painting.