Monday, February 18, 2013

Trees! Trees! Trees!

View from US Bank building last September
With it being President's Day, I thought it fitting we talk about probably know about the story with George Washington and the cherry tree.  He had a new hatchet and chopped it down.  Nowadays, there are organizations that would cringe at that.  Ha!

Milwaukee recently won the top 10 urban forest award and we have much to be proud of.   Have you ever seen the view from atop the US Bank building or The Allen Bradley clock?  If you want to check that out, watch for the annual Doors Open Milwaukee event in September, when they open many public buildings up for the public to see and explore.  Both views show an amazing number of trees.  Did you know there are more than 3 million?

There's an enormous effort underway to create the green gateway shown below.  This will preserve a lot of park land and many trees.  The last parcel of land was recently acquired which makes this corridor a reality.  This park hasn't got a name yet either, but stay tuned.  As part of this, there will be a new Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum.

The 40 acre Arboretum will have:

  • 3.7 miles of trails including a two mile wheel chair accessible loop
  • One thousand newly planted trees
  • Three distinct outdoor learning areas for school children
  • Amenities to include a new pedestrian bridge, a fishing dock, and a wheel chair accessible canoe launch
  • An estimated 300,000 visitors per year
  • 2 major entrances
  • An endowment seeded with at least $200,000

Again, we have a great deal to be excited about here in Milwaukee as far as green spaces go.  In spite of dwinding budgets, parks are still being created.  The weather will be fairly warm today so maybe you want to go take a "presidential" hike at Lincoln Park or Washington Park and play at the playgrounds.  They both have new equipment, installed in the last year.  They both also have water features where you may see geese and ducks.  Enjoy the day!

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