Natural Partners

February 19, 2024

A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum, called 'Natural Partners,' outlines the financial challenges facing the Milwaukee County Parks, and investigates possible solutions for long-term solves.

Milwaukee County boasts a rich legacy of cherished parks, dating back to the 19th century and designed by renowned landscape architects like Frederick Law Olmsted. Despite accolades, including a National Gold Medal for Excellence, mounting challenges threaten these vital green spaces, with a staggering backlog of $417 million in capital needs as of 2020. As the Wisconsin Policy Forum suggests, forging strategic partnerships could offer a path forward, ensuring the preservation of these beloved parks while addressing fiscal and environmental concerns for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

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