Parks in peril.
Milwaukee County Parks has been hit hard by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in all-time staffing lows, county spending freezes, and revenue losses from the closure and delayed opening of the majority of our revenue-generating activities and facilities.
Parks is projecting a $10 million deficit in 2020, and scrambling to fill it.Milwaukee County Parks system funding has been broken for years, so going back to the way things were pre-COVID won’t provide a long-term fix. Instead, we need to build back better and find innovative, creative ways to fund our parks in the future.
This summer we’ll all experience what a summer in Milwaukee is like without many of the park services we love, and with parks in peril, we hope you will join us to ensure they don’t just survive, but thrive.