Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
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Neighborhood House wins Mayor’s Design Award for Garden Park

Creating an amenity for all in an area poised for redevelopment

By - May 26th, 2016 08:00 am

MILWAUKEE, MAY 26, 2016 — Neighborhood House is proud to receive a 2016 Mayor’s Design Award for its Garden Park, a project that transformed a blighted city lot into a community garden and outdoor education space for children and families.

Neighborhood House Garden Park was built in 2015 in a vacant lot on the corner of N. 27th Street and Richardson Place, an area poised for redevelopment. Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association and The Green Team contributed to design and construction of raised garden beds, benches, and a natural playground.  SHARP Literacy and Milwaukee artist Sally Duback spearheaded the making of a sparkling mosaic mural that enlivens the space with images of vegetables and self-portraits of Neighborhood House children.
“The development of the Garden Park speaks to Neighborhood House’s commitment to the near west side, and to its long-term impact,” says Neighborhood House Executive Director Jeff Martinka. “It’s a community where people give back, and give more, in particular Bradley Blaeser, who worked with us a youth counselor, and returned a decade later with his landscaping company to make this vision a reality.”

ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE: Neighborhood House of Milwaukee is a community center in the settlement house tradition now in its 70th year, founded to help strengthen children and families in some of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods. The agency has touched the lives of nearly a million children and adults since 1945. Its highly regarded, award-winning programs serve infants and toddlers, school-age and teen youth, adults and families, refugees and immigrants. More at

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