Sup. Juan Miguel Martinez
Press Release

Supervisor Martinez Renews Call to Fund the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

 

By - Dec 6th, 2022 01:24 pm

MILWAUKEE – On Tuesday, December 6, the Committee on Parks and Culture unanimously recommended adoption of a resolution, which recognizes a new County policy to expand the scope of strategic planning associated with the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory to enable the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors to consider all options for the future of the Domes. Supervisor Juan Miguel-Martinez made the following statement. 

“After years of inaction in making needed repairs to the Domes, I am very happy to be part of a coalition of the willing that is looking to improve the Domes as well as Mitchell Park as a whole. While demolition is not being an option, there are members who would like the costs associated with demolition studied. As the county residents begin to gain understanding of the costs associated with destroying the Domes, transferring the plant collection, and rebuilding the site of the building, I am confident that public opinion will continue to trend toward saving this Milwaukee icon. While this resolution achieves much of what we want, there is still some language that needs to be included. Specifically, language needs to be added which eliminates inaction as an option. Choosing to ignore a jewel in our Parks system as it begins to deteriorate is the same as choosing to demolish it and should not be an option which is considered. I plan to introduce an amendment that will do just that. I’ll continue working towards our shared goal of saving the Mitchell Park Domes and repairing Mitchell Park to improve both health and outcomes in our community. I will never stop fighting for the Domes, my constituents, my block, my district and all of the people that live here.” said Supervisor Martinez.  

The resolution is cosponsored by Supervisors Sheldon Wasserman, Juan Miguel Martinez, Shawn RollandKathleen VincentSteve F. TaylorFelesia A. MartinSteven Shea, and Peter Burgelis and can be found here.   

The resolution rescinds the policy position adopted in File No. 16-200 committing the County to the pursuit of the repair and preservation of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory and instead widens the scope to look at four options. Demolition, Limited scope repairs to address deferred maintenance, full building renovation, and Phase III ArtsMarket, the LLC proposal for a New Urban Botanical Park and Conservatory. 

report released in 2016 by GRAEF USA about options for the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory estimated the plant collection’s value at $3.4 million. 

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