Pandemic Park Stories
Lincoln Park 2021 Annual Meeting / Celebration
Tuesday March 2nd, 6:30 pm on Zoom

We want to hear YOUR Pandemic Park Stories.  During this time of quarantine and social distance, the pandemic has led people to explore the parks and enjoy nature with a new appreciation of how important these spaces are for our communities. Because of the pandemic, Milwaukee County Parks have suffered from severe budget cuts. To show our appreciation for our parks and all the essential park workers who work to maintain them, we want to hear your stories-- Pandemic Park Stories-- of  how the parks have helped you during these quarantine times and why they're so essential now more than ever. Because this is our official annual meeting, per our bylaws, we'll take 5 minutes to select a slate of board members.  Unfortunately, you'll have to bring your own cake and lemonade this year.

Here is the Zoom Link, but you can also sign up on our Facebook page and we will make sure you get the info.

Date for Spring and Summer Events

Riverkeeper Spring Cleanup set for April 24th

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 at the Blatz Pavilion, several additional sites will be set up throughout the Park allowing smaller groups to gather and be dispersed at 15 minute intervals. More site captains will be needed. Read all about it here. The actual sign-up form will come in early March.

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 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 and donations of materials and loan of tools.  If you work in food service and have any 2-gallon buckets, please save them for us.  All these events (above) are listed on our Facebook Event Page

Mother's day Paddle, more Info TBA

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.

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 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.

Our Commitment to a Multiracial Environmental Community

Link for Building a Multiracial Environmental CommunityFriends of Lincoln Park is joining other organizations in an effort to end the racism and exclusion that exists within the environmental community. We’d love for you to join in too!  Together, using #MeAndWhiteSupremacy by Layla F. Saad as our guide, we’ll learn about white supremacy in our community and the environmental movement, while taking action to dismantle it. There are 4 different ways you can participate, and all are welcome to participate in the way that works best for them. Check out the link to learn more and join in!

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

We can't give you the full story yet, but we are working with partners to plan a full week of celebrations.  So this is just a bit of a teaser and an invitation to get involved.  If you'd like to lead a hike, organize a concert or a paddle, let us know in reply to this email.  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 is looking for two 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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