The $15 million in capital expenditures directed at our County Parks is a good thing and a start on chipping away at the quarter billion dollar mountain of deferred maintenance they face. I'm also very happy to see that a big chunk of the money is going towards parks in the city of Milwaukee where improvements are desparately needed, but often overlooked at the expense of parks in more affluent neighborhoods. Good news all around!
Hopefully this kind of money can find it's way into the County budget for years to come.
You will soon see a lot of yellow in Milwaukee County Parks. Dandelions sure, but also a whole bunch of construction equipment. Dump trucks and graders are just some of the gear workers will use to make much-needed repairs. The county plans to spend $14.6 million this year improving its parks, chipping away at a list of deferred maintenance needs totaling $300 million.
As soon as the weather warms, workers will dig into more than two dozen parks projects. At Johnsons Park near 18th and Brown in Milwaukee, Parks operations chief Guy Smith says an outdated shelter won’t be around much longer.
"We’re looking for the removal and demolition of this existing building within June and we are looking to have our new building up and ready to go in August," Smith says. – WUWM
A few highlights of where portions of that money will be directed:
- An appropriation of $273,700 is budgeted for the planning, design and construction of the Oak Creek Parkway – along Drexel Avenue between Howell Avenue and 13th Street.
- $103,893 is budgeted to perform various improvements at the Wehr Nature Center.
- $125,000 is budgeted for replacing sections of the walkways at Humboldt Park.
- $380,000 is budgeted for the construction of a new restroom/picnic shelter at Johnsons Park.