Angeline Terry

Franklin Square Playfield Opens

It's the sixth renovated playfield reopened by MPS and Milwaukee Recreation.

By - Jun 29th, 2021 05:33 pm
Franklin Square Playfield reopening. Photo taken June 29th by Angeline Terry.

Franklin Square Playfield reopening. Photo by Angeline Terry.

A cloudburst of rain didn’t stop Milwaukee Public Schools officials and local kids from cutting a ribbon to officially reopen Franklin Square Playfield, though they did it at a make-shift, indoor ceremony Tuesday morning. They were celebrating the sixth completed park of a multi-year effort to renovate 52 playfields throughout the city. 

The newly renovated playfield, located at 2643 N. 13th St., now boasts basketball courts, playground equipment, a splash pad, shade structures, an obstacle course and a field. At the groundbreaking in October 2019, the North Division space had well worn basketball courts and a small, old playground. 

“Young people deserve a beautiful play space where they can learn and grow together,” said Keith Posley, superintendent for Milwaukee Public Schools.  

Franklin Square Playfield will be used as part of the 2021 Summer Playgrounds program hosted by Milwaukee Recreation, a department of Milwaukee Public Schools. This program is designed for kids ages 6-17, allowing them to participate in games and enrichment activities at playgrounds around the city. Participants will also be provided with free meals. 

Franklin Playfield was created as part of Milwaukee Recreation’s $25 million Playfield Revitalization Project. The order of the playfields replacement was established after analyzing the characteristics of neighborhoods, populations and playfield conditions.

“We started this journey to reimagine 52 playfields that are under our jurisdiction in 2014,” said Lynn Greb, director of Milwaukee Recreation. “And prioritizing equity remains our number one priority.”

So far, the project has resulted in renovations to the Clovernook, Southgate, Ohio, Cluster and Colombia playfields. The group broke ground on Green Bay Playfield on Friday, June 25. 

After the ribbon was cut and the rain had slowed, Greb gestured to the damp crowd. 

“Now,” Greb said. “Who wants to use the splash pad?” 


Categories: Parks, Weekly

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