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Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup is April 24th

Registration Deadline for T-shirts is Friday, April 2nd

Hooray! There WILL be a Riverkeeper Annual Spring Cleanup. (HAPPY EARTH DAY)  All participants MUST register online this year.  To ensure Covid precautions are in place participants will be limited to groups of no more than 10.  All participants will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing.    Instead of the mass central meeting place several sites have been set up throughout the Park allowing smaller groups to register at 30 minute intervals  Sign up now to be guaranteed a T-shirt.  Here are the links for the various sites in Lincoln Park.  Only 10 sign-ups are allowed per time slot.
Blatz Pavilion Registration - Sign-in Here
Sea of the Ear (big red sculpture) - Sign-in Here
Parkway, Picnic area #5 - Sign-in Here
Green Bay Ave, Picnic area #2 - Sign-in Here

Love Your Lincoln Park Wildflowers


6th Annual Spring Weedouts In May

Invasive Garlic MustardFriends of Lincoln Park are looking for volunteers to join us for a Spring Weed Out removing invasive Garlic Mustard and Thistle. It is important to do this because invasive weeds crowd out native plants in our natural green spaces. Then wildlife cannot forage for enough food to survive. We need our native plants to flourish to maintain our local ecosystem.
Native Trillium FlowersAll Milwaukee County Parks follow the CDC guidelines for the Covid-19 Pandemic. Everyone must wear masks and stay 6 feet away from each other. We do provide gloves and have hand sanitizer. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots. We will be walking on uneven terrain. We are trying out different start times this year to see what works best, so pick a date and JOIN US! Get Info on our Facebook Page.
 
May 8, 9am to 12pm
May 15, 11am to 2pm
May 22, 10am to 1pm
We will meet outside in the parking lot at the Emil Blatz Building, 1301 W Hampton Ave. Gloves and tools and instructions provided
Any questions or to register a group, please call Anne Stadler-Vaillancourt 414-399-8272

Arbor Day Tree Planting in the Park - Date TBA

Friends of Lincoln Park has ordered 100 trees, most of them to plant in the park, but some will be available for for local homeowners.  The exact date of delivery will be determined by the nursery, but we should know a few weeks in advance.  Arbor Day is celebrated in Wisconsin on April 30th. We will need volunteers.  All these events (above) are listed on our Facebook Event Page

Mother's Day Paddle, Sunday, May 9th

Second Sunday Paddles are expected to restart in May – Take your Mother Paddling, 1 pm, Sunday May 9th.  Enjoy exploring Lincoln Park's three river channels on this guided excursion. BYOB - Bring your own Boat.  Details and sign-up on the Project Paddle Meetup site.

Love Your Parks – They Need You

In the past 20 years, park budgets have been cut beyond lean and County Parks now face an existential crisis.  Back in the day, parks were considered part of the common good and a valued part of what are taxes do.  Call it what you will, (I call it political demagoguery) but politicians using cuts to public services as a way to get votes, have decimated some of those services.  Now, with the pandemic,  County Parks have never had such difficulty keeping up with such basic tasks as cutting grass and picking up trash.  We are all called to pitch in. Love Your Parks is part of the effort to return the balance between tax cuts and good parks.  On the LoveYourParksMKE.com website, you'll find lots of ideas and ways to be involved. Also, County Parks is asking for our support in reporting issues that need immediate attention.  If you see illegal dumping, a tree fallen across a trail, a safety hazard or even just an overflowing trash basket, report it here on the County Parks Report an Issue web form.

"Lincoln Park Week"
July 25th through August 1st

Exciting News! We are working with partners to plan a full week of celebrations.  So this is an invitation to get involved.  If you'd like to lead a hike, organize a concert, a parade, a paddle, or a hike, email us at contact@LincolnParkFriends.org  Then mark your calendars for "Lincoln Park Week" from July 25th through August 1st. Stay tuned and join us in Lincoln Park for Arts, Music, Culture, Recreation, and Nature.


Join Us or Renew your membership

Click to joinSince March 2nd is our annual meeting, we'll take a few minutes to Celebrate our 2020 accomplishments elect our board for 2021. Please support our work and click Join Now to start or renew your membership and to become a voting member.
Suggested annual membership donations:
$25 Individual, $50 Family, $100 Sustaining,
$250 Lifetime, $10 Student/volunteer/low income

We Need Your Help!

Friends of Lincoln Park can always use new board members as well as volunteers to plan or assist with events.  If you think you have what it takes to play a leading role in this community effort, or if you just want to be more active in helping behind the scenes, please let us know. Reply to this email and include your phone contact info and we'll be in touch.
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