Greater Milwaukee Foundation supports MKE Plays with special centennial gift
Three city playgrounds to be rebuilt through $200,000 investment; kickoff event set for Tuesday
As a permanent gift to the Milwaukee community, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is partnering with the City of Milwaukee to replace three neighborhood playgrounds identified through the MKE Plays initiative.
In celebration of its 100th year of service, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is providing regional gifts to help create lasting public spaces in each of the four counties it serves. The Foundation’s centennial gift of $200,000 will support reconstruction of parks at North 67th Street and West Spokane Street, at North Long Island Drive and West Custer Avenue, and Foundation Park near North 37th Street and West McKinley Avenue. The first two parks are located in neighborhoods participating in the Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative (Foundation Park was left severely deteriorated following a fire that occurred several years ago).
A special groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29 at the playground at N. Long Island Dr. and W. Custer Ave. Common Council President Michael J. Murphy will be joined at the ceremony by Mayor Tom Barrett and officials from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
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