Virginia Small

5 Cities With Model Parks Systems

Can Milwaukee learn lessons from them on how to fund its parks?

By - Jan 6th, 2017 03:36 pm
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5 thoughts on “5 Cities With Model Parks Systems”

  1. Jerry says:

    So where on the list did Milwaukee appear?

  2. Jerry, Milwaukee appeared in the fourth paragraph at #27; $89/per capita.

  3. Jerry says:

    @Michael Horne – thank you for pointing that out.

    I’m surprised that Milwaukee was not higher up, even closer to #1 Minneapolis. The Lake Michigan lakefront is spectacular! Not to mention, the numerous other green spaces throughout the city.

  4. Our assets are considerable, but our operating funds are negligible. The spending per capita seems to be a good indicator. Minneapolis beats us by three to one.

  5. Virginia Small says:

    Jerry, a Chicago park foundation leader told me that 30 years ago advocates there used to look to Milwaukee’s park system as a model–before Chicago began major expansion and improvements to its system. This person, who visits here often and greatly appreciates the city, strongly believes Milwaukee’s park system can regain its former glory with sufficient effort and investment from both public and private sources.

    Also, historian Joseph Rodriquez wrote in “Bootstrap New Urbanism” that Milwaukee’s parks, even in a neglected state, have played a major role in repopulating the city in recent decades (in contrast to cities with fewer parks). Everyone wants to live near a park. He said that improving their functioning would pay back even greater economic and tax-base dividends.

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