Sunday, August 11, 2013

Historic Kosciuszko Park

View of Basilica of St. Josaphat from Kosciuszko Pond

Kosciuszko Park is one of the original park commission purchases made in 1890.  It started out as a 26 acre tract with an addition of almost 11 acres in 1902.  Situated in a heavily populated area of the city, it was always well patronized.  It was referred to as Lincoln Avenue Park until it was officially named Kosciuszko Park in 1900 upon the request of the Polish citizens of the area.

You can see by the photo above, that it sits right across the street from one of the loveliest Milwaukee landmarks- Basilica of St. Josaphat.  If you're visiting the park, you might as well go over to the basilica and take a look inside.  You can make a donation, but it is free to visit.  If it doesn't take your breath away, I'd be surprised.  It was built with stones from the old post office in Chicago and the story goes that the parishoners did all the labor.  You can read more about that in the lower level of the basilica.  It's a magical place with colorful windows, and fantastic paintings.  The shiny floor reflects the colors of the glass windows on a sunny day.

The pond you see above is open for fishing, but state fishing regulations apply.  It's also a good place to see turtles on a sunny day.  Be sure to walk around the pond and enjoy some of the art work created by local children.
artwork by children
turtle getting a little sun


This is one of the parks on the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour.  If you're doing the passport, you can find your word on the side of the Community Center near the gym.

Pelican Cove is located here- one of Milwaukee's water parks.  There's just one more week before it closes for the season.  It's a fun place to cool off, and it is cheaper than the other water parks in the city. It's open daily 12:30-4:30 pm.  There are evening hours Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-7:30.

The playground has a climbing structure and a foam base.  Go have a turn on a swing and watch the world go by!

There's a pretty important statue of Thaddeus Kosciuszko on a horse, that is currently missing and being renovated in Ohio.  Come to the park on Veteran's Day to see it unveiled.  I'm sure it's going to be beautiful.  When it was originally dedicated in June of 1903, more than 60,000 people attended the celebration!

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