City of Milwaukee Department of City Development
Press Release

Healing Spaces Initiative Working to Support Harambee Neighborhood and Residents


MILWAUKEE, WI – The City of Milwaukee’s Healing Spaces Initiative is hosting volunteer work days in September to support neighborhood development projects in the Harambee neighborhood. Residents are encouraged to volunteer at any of the upcoming work days. These projects were envisioned by Harambee residents and are the result of robust community outreach efforts to create a safer, stronger neighborhood.

The next Healing Spaces work day is this Saturday, September 11, from 10:00am – 2:00pm at 3240 N. Doctor M.L.K. Jr Drive in the Harambee neighborhood. The full September schedule is below.

Healing Spaces Initiative Volunteer Work Day Schedule

Peace Park Project Saturday, September 11
3240 N. Doctor

M.L.K. Jr Drive

Reading Rest and

Relaxation Project

Saturday, September 18
1st and Wright

Tot Lot

Adams Park Saturday, September 25
217 West

Vienna Avenue

The Healing Spaces Initiative, which is coordinated through the City of Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC), provides residents the opportunity to build relaxing natural environments on available City-owned vacant lots that help eliminate blighted spaces, decrease reckless driving, and enhance public safety in the neighborhood.

Bader Philanthropies, Inc. is funding the Healing Spaces Initiative with a $70,000 grant. Partners include Harambee residents, Eras Senior Network, Groundwork Milwaukee, Lowes Home Improvement, Safe & Sound, True Skool, and other community-based organizations. Neighborhood projects include pathways, benches, flower gardens, solar lights, Little Free Libraries and more.

Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderwoman Milele Coggs, whose district includes Harambee, support this effort. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently wrote about how the Healing Spaces Initiative is positively impacting the neighborhood.

Public spaces are an important part of urban life. They provide a relaxing time-out from city-life, recharging one’s spirit and allowing residents to enjoy their surroundings. The healing spaces will create a sense of comfort while being accessible to all. To learn more about Healing Spaces, please visit To volunteer, please email

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