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Summer and Fall Schedules Finalized


Successful July 5th Cleanup completed

july 5th Cleanup VolunteersDear Friend,
Last week we held a highly successful “Patriotic Cleanup” on Sunday July 5th.  The Park was in desperate need of cleaning and park staff were grateful for the help in getting the park spiffy again.  We had 20 volunteers working, including our new County Supervisor, Liz Sumner and her kids. We hope you can join the fun in our next park service event.

On the Meaning of Patriotism, Independence and Freedom

We have been using the term “Patriotic Cleanup” for several years.  This year, after we sent our email, it occurred to us that patriotism and the 4th of July mean different things to different people.  Given the national conversation on race and racism following the brutal murder of George Floyd, we wanted to reflect on those differences.  Neighbors together in Lincoln ParkWhile celebrating “Independence” and “Freedom” seems normal to many of us, we must remember that in 1776, freedom did not extend to everyone.  Even 150 years after emancipation, there are two systems in America that operate based on a person’s skin color.  Freedom and prosperity in America has come disproportionately less to Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Friends of Lincoln Park board members unanimously join in the movement to proclaim that Black Lives Matter.  We support an end to racial profiling, excessive police force and all forms of racial oppression. 

Invitation to Zoom Workshop Series:

Building an Anti-Racist Environmental Movement

Hands TogetherOur partners in the Sierra Club Great Waters Group invite us to join in a three-part workshop series facilitated by August Ball, a recognized professional in anti-bias training. The workshops start on Thursday, September 24th, 6-8 pm and continue on October 1st and October 8th. More information on registration can be found at this link.

Lincoln Park Friends Summer and Fall Schedule

Join us for these DIY Style, Socially Distant Service Outings.

Burdock Brigade - Friday, July 17th,10am to Noon.

Burdock seed is nastyThe Burdock Brigade, AKA David and Patrick, are looking for new recruits.  We'll meet at the Lincoln Park boat landing, 4950 N Milwaukee River Parkway. Burdock is the scourge of dog owners as its velcro-like burrs can burrow deep into a dog's fur.  It is also deadly to birds and bats when it gets entangled in their wings. Bring a small bladed shovel to snap the root underneath the surface.  Reply to this email if you need more details.  Please wear a mask. Also this Friday is a weedout at Green Tech Station. See "Neighborhood Partner Events" further down this email

Neighborhood Cleanup - Saturday, July 18th- 10am-Noon. 

Click Image to See Event PosterWith several sponsoring partners, we'll be attacking the litter along streets and the Parkway in the Lincoln park neighborhood from Hampton to Villard. Meet us at Ascension All Saints Family Health Center 2400 W. Villard, Saturday July 18th from 10 am to Noon
Sponsors include: Residents for Change, Eastbrook Church, Friends of Lincoln Park, Northwest Side Community Development Corp. and Big Clean MKE. 
Hosted by: Ascension All Saints Family Health Center

Late Summer Clean-ups and Weed-outs

Please mark your calendars to help out with these Summer and Fall service events. To protect you and us from Covid-19, we ask that you provide your own gloves, beverage, and wear a mask at the sign-in table. For the Cleanups we will provide hand sanitizer, garbage bags, and pre-sanitized pickers. At the Weedouts there will be loppers and saws. There may be walking in wooded areas on uneven terrain so we suggest sturdy walking shoes, long pants, and shirt sleeves to protect yourself. Masks protect you and us. Please wear one.

Trash Clean-up Parties

  • Park Cleanup - Saturday, August 8th 9am-noon
  • Park Cleanup - Saturday Sept 12th 9am-noon

Fall Weed-outs - DIY Style

  • Weedout - Saturday, Sept 26th 9am-noon
  • Weedout - Saturday October 10th 9am-noon
  • Weedout  Saturday October 24th 9am-noon

These Park service outings meet in the parking lot at the Blatz building to sign-in   1301 W. Hampton Ave.

Neighborhood Partner Events

Weed-out at Green Tech Station

  • Friday, July 17th, 9 am-11 am, 4101 N. 31st
Green Tech Station is a collaboration between NWSCDC and Milwaukee County Parks to develop an unused brown field into a Green infrastructure demonstration and environmental education destination for student and the public. Volunteers are needed to help remove weeds in the Green spaces. They are on track to open in Fall of 2020. 4101 N. 31st Street, Milwaukee (just north of the former Ned's Pizza on Capitol Dr.)
Here is a link to the Green Tech Station, Spring 2020 Project Update.

Lincoln Park Neighborhood Newsletter, June-July 2020 Edition

Your neighborhood newsletter is here, courtesy of Sheila Smith of NWSDCD.  She is a tireless worker for the community and we are so glad she has become part of the Lincoln Park Friends board.  Read this for important neighborhood news.

Hunger Task Force and Piggly Wiggly

Fresh Picks Mobile Market

Friday, August 7th, 2pm - 3:30pm
Ascension All Saints Family Health Center 2400 W. Villard Ave

Get fresh fruits and vegetables at great discounts. Everything is 25% off regular store prices. Quest and Credit Cards accepted only.

Northside Pop-up Farmers Market in August- Save the Dates!

  • Click for Farmers Market posterAugust 11th 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm Century City 1  Building 3945 N. 31st
  •  August 18th 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm Ascension All Saints Family Health Center 2400 W. Villard Ave
  • August 25th 3:30 - 6:30 pm MMSD West Basin 4350 N. 35th St. (Former Bee Bus Site)
  • Get the full poster here
Vendor information available. For more info go to or call Sarah at 414-444-8200, ext 8104

Milwaukee County Parks - Love Your Parks Update

Love your Parks logoMilwaukee County Parks has created an exciting new website to help you explore and show love to our Parks.  Included is a new phone App to help explore and increase community involvement. It's a new family-friendly format to get all the information you need on Parks in Milwaukee County, information on volunteer opportunities, and a "Share Your Story" section where you can leave your memories or tell why you love YOUR park. Click on this link to get started 
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