Parks and Neighbors are Essential in Tough Times.
We are saddened to announce that practically all our events have been cancelled or postponed. Our service projects have gone "DIY" which means, everyone works at their own time and place. Read on for more news about what you can do.
Support our Essential Park Staff
This is a tough time for County Parks. To cope with COVID-19, they have had to cut back on staffing despite record numbers of people flocking to parks. County Parks has set up this Web Page for COVID-19 news related to Parks. Here you'll find info on golf course reopening and important tips on how to use the parks safely. Most of all, be responsible and keep a safe distance from others while enjoying the parks. Second, carry a bag to collect trash that has blown into the park. We are trying to do our part by organizing physically distant weed-outs and trash-cleanups. So consider dedicating a morning to helping out.
We Are NOT All in the Same Boat
We are all in the same storm, but not everyone rides it out in the same way. The elders in our community are especially at risk. And witness how minority communities have been hit especially hard by Covid-19. A population with historically poor access to health care, a high proportion of low-paying service jobs and other systemic inequities, is suffering extra badly. We are providing a list of agencies and businesses below, that we feel are deserving of support. If you find yourself in a position of privilege, healthy and without severe loss of wealth or income, please consider giving generously to help others weather the storm.
Additionally, many small businesses and restaurants are struggling for survival and at the same time are putting their efforts toward supporting and feeding their community as well. If you are ordering out, or can purchase a gift card, here are some links:
Spring Weed-outs go DIY.
DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, We are converting our Spring Weed-outs to a DIY (do it yourself) format. Garlic mustard is an aggressive plant that crowds out native wildflowers. Pulling weeds is a great way to exercise your core and get fresh air while helping the park. You'll need to provide your own gloves, and tools. The Map on the right has hot spots marked with red stars. While pulling it, simply disperse the plants in a location where they will not grow, such as a mowed area or a gravel path.
If you need a quick tutorial on how to identify and remove garlic mustard, here is a short video: https://youtu.be/Sl1HFFr89Ao
Help us control invasive plants in the park and protect the wild Wisconsin native habitat. Any questions? Contact Anne Stadler Vaillancourt at email@example.com
Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup Goes DIY
Winter and spring storms blow a lot of trash into the park. With the RIverkeeper annual Spring River Cleanup cancelled, there is still a ton of cleanup to do. While you're out for fresh air and exercise, take a large trash bag along and hit the park hotspots shown on the map. You can take the trash home for disposal or leave it in any park trash bin. And while you're at it, go to the Riverkeeper web site and take the DIY Spring Cleanup Pledge.
Breaking News: Rock the Green is hosting "Rock the Stream" free concerts. Thursday, April 30th at 7 pm, musician Trapper Shoepp performs an online streaming benefit for Milwaukee Riverkeeper.
Lincoln Park Golf Course Opens Friday April 24th
Eight Milwaukee County Golf courses are opening, including the Lincoln Park Golf Course. They are opening under a strict set of rules to protect golfers and employees. There will be NO walk-ons, reservations only using a credit card. All the details are at this link.
Paddling In the Park
More people are getting outdoors during the pandemic. And we notice that more people are choosing to explore urban nature by boat. Lincoln Park features miles of beautiful river shoreline that includes wildlife habitat on four islands and a Beaver lodge. If you have not paddled in Lincoln Park lately, this is a great time. Before paddling, plan for a safe trip by downloading our Lincoln Park Paddle Guide.The guide includes a map and safe paddling tips. Paddling is best when water at the Estabrook Gage is between 2.5 and 3.5 feet. The boat landing is at 4950 N Milwaukee River Parkway, just north of Hampton Avenue. We list our Paddle events on www.MeetUp.com/ProjectPaddleMilwaukee so check there for updates. Maps and instruction are available. Remember that PFD’s are required by state law.
... and Fishing in the Park Too.
Fishing is a great social-distancing activity. Kids 15 and under can fish for free. 16 & 17 year olds and folks 65 or older pay just $7. If you have never had a Wisconsin fishing license, first time buyer price is just $5 for all ages. Click here to purchase.
Teens Grow Greens opens May 2nd at Webers Greenhouse
Home gardens are sure to be popular during this time. Teens Grow Greens is a non-profit program that teaches horticulture and business skills to teens. Purchasing seedlings from them helps keep the program going. Click here to start your online order for curbside pick-up. With a $50 purchase, you'll get a free Kids Grow kit for the young gardener in your life.
Rock the Green is also hosting a streaming benefit for Teens Grow Greens, Thursday May 7th at 7 pm, featuring Milwaukee star Lex Allen.
Mobile Farmer's Market returns to All Saints Family Clinic on Villard
With a new sponsor, Piggly Wiggly, All Saints Family Care is bringing back fresh fruits and vegetables to the neighborhood at discounted prices. For only 1 1/2 hours next Friday, May 8th, the truck will be at the clinic parking lot at 2400 W. Villard from 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Lincoln Park Friends Joined Black History Month Event
Friends of Lincoln Park was proud to be a part of a Black History Month event, "Honoring African American Environmental Pioneers". Each of ten honorees received a buckthorn walking stick harvested from Lincoln Park. The walking sticks were hand-crafted, polished and presented by our board members.. Read the full story here.
Show Your Support
Even though our really fun events like our Spring Fest community resource fair and our Summer Kick-off concert had to be cancelled, we plan to keep going and plan bigger and better events when we get past this pandemic. Please support our work and click Join Now to start or renew your membership. Membership level ranges from $10 to $100 depending on your ability to donate. More info here.
We are always looking for people with fresh ideas and energy, to join our board or lead projects. Just email us to get started.