Humboldt Park Friends
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“Hundred for Humboldt” Launches, Aims to Plant 100 Trees at Humboldt Park

100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants per year.

By - Apr 15th, 2019 10:48 am
Humboldt Park. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Humboldt Park. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

BAY VIEW, WIS. (April 15, 2019)—Nearly 3,000 trees have been removed from Milwaukee County Parks within in the last ten years due to infection, infestation and weather conditions. Roughly 79 trees have been removed from Humboldt Park alone, which covers 73 acres in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.

Humboldt Park Friends, the neighborhood non-profit focused on park preservation, has launched an aggressive campaign to plant 100 trees in Humboldt Park with strategic activations to raise funds and awareness. According to the United States Forest Service, “Trees work for us. Properly cared for, they are valuable assets worth three times our initial investment.” Healthy trees mean:

  • 100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants per year.
  • Tree-filled neighborhoods lower levels of domestic violence and are safer and more sociable.
  • 100 mature trees catch about 139,000 gallons of rainwater per year.
  • Evergreens that block winter winds can save 3 percent on heating.
  • Consumers shop more frequently and longer in tree-lined commercial areas and are willing to spend more.
  • Each large front yard tree adds to a home’s sale price.

In order to bring the benefits back to the neighborhood park, Humboldt Park Friends is hosting events starting in May to bring awareness and raise funds to purchase and plant 100 trees, delivering on a promise to keep the Bay View neighborhood park thriving for many years to come. “Our goal is to connect the community to the challenge and give back to our park through a series of program” said Jeremy Fojut Humboldt Park neighbor and volunteer for Humboldt Park Friends. Residents can donate a tree for $250 by going to http://www.humboldtparkmilwaukee.org/ or in person at any of the programs.

Upcoming events:

May 22, 2019 – Humboldt Park Friends Mixer 5:30pm to 8pm: 342 East Ward Street, Milwaukee, WI 53207. Join Humboldt Park Friends at sponsor 1840 Brewing Company to learn more about the mission of “Hundred For Humboldt” while enjoying locally brewed favorites that will be seen across future events. 1840 Brewing Company is committed to Bay View and the longevity of Humboldt Park. $1 from every beer sold will go to the Hundred for Humboldt.

June 19, 2019 – Dog Day at Humboldt Park Beer Garden 6pm to 8pm: We will be welcome our furry friends to The Vine at Humboldt – Humboldt Park’s re-launched beer garden. In addition to its young family population, Bay View also celebrates dogs as residents. Since Humboldt Park is also enjoyed by our four-legged friends, the “Hundred For Humboldt” has tangible benefits for canine well-being. Bring your well-behaved pups to the Bay View Dog Park for an afternoon of awareness on how to help support “Hundred For Humboldt”

August 10, 2019 – Humboldt Park Bocce Fest 12pm to 5pm: 3000 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207. Humboldt Park Friends, along with area sponsors, will host Bocce Fest, a 16-team tournament. The benefit will include music, games, food and beer while part of the proceeds will go directly to “Hundred For Humboldt” while fostering community fun. Bring the family and join the fun cheering on teams while supporting the park.

For complete details about each event, or to donate to the “Hundred For Humboldt” campaign, please visit www.humboldtparkmilwaukee.org.

About Humboldt Park Friends

Humboldt Park Friends (www.humboldtparkmilwaukee.org) is a non-profit organization focused on engaging the Bay View neighborhood and greater Milwaukee communities and fostering park stewardship through volunteering, preserving park history, improving park amenities and safety, and sponsoring events and programming for education and enjoyment of Humboldt Park.

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