Monument Park at Parklawn Project

Client:    Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee

Size:    4 Acres

Location:    Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Monument Park, owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee (HACM) is situated within Parklawn, a 40 acre housing development. Plant Associates Inc. worked closely with HACM to design Monument Park as a community gathering place and to commemorate the history of Parklawn.

To make Monument Park an inviting gathering place for the community, the design includes numerous benches; well-placed trash and ash receptacles; a gazebo that can function as a band stand; an amphitheater of benches surrounding the gazebo; colorful planters; abundant perennial flower gardens; shade trees; lawn areas for play; a tot lot; and interpretative signage. The park is adjacent to a YMCA, the Central City Cyberschool and a day care center.  There is ample space for outdoor activities.

Monument Park is also designed to tell the story of the history of Parklawn. Parklawn was originally built in 1937 and significantly revitalized in 2002. Through the years, many public service groups have been involved in its creation and recreation. The Works Progress Administration (WPA), a Depression era job program, carried out many public works improvement projects in Parklawn. Newly built features within Monument Park include original lannonstone and cornerstone markers from the WPA era. Also displayed in the park are two sculptures created under the Wisconsin Federal Art Project, a public art program from the New Deal era. More recently, the Milwaukee Community Service Corp (MCSC), an organization that provides training and work experience to local young men and women, was active in the planting of Monument Park. Plant Associates worked closely with the MCSC, providing hands on guidance and training.

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