Friends of Grant Park
(Grant Park, Milwaukee County)
Take part in a FoGP program and help improve our park!
The mission of Friends of Grant Park is to preserve
natural areas of the park, enhance
unique features of the park, encourage
use of the park, and to provide a mechanism for private contributions to supplement public funding of Grant Park.Join us at our monthly meetings:
Meets on the second Thursday of the month, shortly after 6:30 PM
at the Grant Park Golf Course ClubhouseFoGP Information and Calendar
This "bulletin board" web page was last updated on 23 March 2013
Spring 2013 Weed-Out Information
Help us preserve critical woodland areas in the park:
Our woods should have wild flowers, not garlic mustard!
Saturday 27 April
Saturday 4 May
On this date we are joined by the Oak Creek High School Environmental Club
Saturday 11 May
Saturday 18 May
All weeding sessions meet at the parking lot for Picnic Area #1 (Tennis Courts), 9:00 AM
All weeding sessions run from 9 to around 11:30 AM,
Friends of Grant Park thanks our Challenge Grant donors
recent $5,000 challenge grant (see below) inspired local residents and
businesses to make donations to The Friends of Grant Park (either to
FoGP, or to our fiscal agent, The Park People of Milwaukee County).
We would like to acknowlege their generosity.
Don Lawson and Bobbie Groth
Sustainers ($50 to $199)
Lois SchreiterFriends (up to $49)
Bonnie Beth and Gary Lugauer
New Park Benches in Seven Bridges
year, Friends of Grant Park received a generous donation was made in
memory of Ronald Henriksen, who was a resident of South Milwaukee.
After much discussion, FoGP worked out all of the details of how
the donation could be used. The result is that FoGP matched the
donation amount to have a very nice wood bench installed near the
limestone steps and main bridge of Seven Bridges.
To match this,
another local resident (who wishes to remain anonymous) has donated
funds for a steel bench to be installed at the "beach end" of the Seven
Bridges walking trail.
The installation work for both benches will be completed some time in May 2013.
Update on the March 2013 Pullin' O the Green
2013 "Pullin' O the Green" was a great time, with the 4:30 PM seating
sold out, and the 6:30 PM seating nearly sold out. The quality of
the corned beef (via Emerald City Catering) was outstanding, and the
stew (home made by two of our members) also received high marks.
The Irish have one word that properly describes the event: Craic, meaning a fine time.
of the attendees enjoyed the band enough to hunt them out at a
subsequent "contra dance" gig - this is a terrific compliment to our
"house band" musicians! Also, the band's CD sales were
(100% of the band's CD sales were donated to the event.)
The matching Grant for Restoration Work in Seven Bridges:
Here is a great way to support Grant Park!
Friends of Grant Park (FoGP) has recently been awarded a $5,000
matching grant from the Sweetwater SE Wisconsin Watersheds Trust to
stabilize slopes in the “Seven Bridges” ravine. These slopes were
compromised over the last few summers by the increased foot traffic of
many who love and continued to use the park after a heavy storm washed
out one of the critical bridges. Donations can be made out either to:
This restoration will
result in enhanced water quality, diversified wildlife habitat, and
increased woodland aesthetics, but we need your help.
make a donation to help us meet our $5,000 match. All
donations are tax deductible and will help maintain the viability of a
park that is both a historical treasure and an amazing example of urban
natural areas preservation. All donors will be recognized on the
The Park People of Milwaukee County
1845 North Farwell Ave, Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Friends of Grant Park
c/o 707 Hawthorne Ave
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Thanks for supporting the efforts of Friends of Grant Park
November 20, 2012
Friends of Grant Park. We send this message in the hope that you
have a wonderful family/community time on Thursday and through the
weekend. If the weather holds, and you find time to walk and
enjoy our beautiful and peaceful neighborhood parkland, please see
the information below about some special and unusual visitors
to our park this late Fall. (You might want to bring your
binoculars along on the walk.) The message below eminates from a
Wisconsin Birding listserve; the photos included are excellent examples
of the images being taken in our very own backyard. I am not
exaggerating when I say that our SE Milwaukee county parks are hosting
a fascinatingly beautiful collection of very interesting
migrating species this Fall and WInter. It's not often in a
century that we are visited by Bohemian Waxwings and Evening
Grosbeaks. Our location at the western edge of a Great Lake
and the specific habitat needs being fulfilled by our native ash and
maple trees, as well as the ornamental and fruit-filled
crabapples, draw these fascinating wild species to our area. If
you have questions or would like to visit the areas near the tennis
courts ponds or the Wiloway playground with someone familiar with the
avian visitors, let me know. I or other park advocay member are
happy to guide interested parties, as we are able, in viewing these
Canadian guests. Again, see below for narrative and
Betsy Abert, member, FOGP
2012 Beach CleanupSaturday Sept 15th, 9:00-11:30 AM
is an "Adopt-a- Beach" Cleanup in conjunction with the Alliance for the
Great Lakes. We will meet at the lower Beach parking lot, and
volunteers will be asked to bring back what they find to a sorting area
so that we can tally the trash.
If you can help out, please re-register at http://www.greatlakesadopt.org/
2012 Fall Weed-Out
Preserve the woodland areas of our park!Help to save our woodlands from being overrun by buckthorn and exotic honeysuckle thickets.
Weed-Out sessions in Grant Park will be on
Saturday October 6th 9:00 AM-Noon, and 1:00 PM-3:30 PMBoth sessions meet at the parking lot for Picnic Area #1 and the Tennis Courts
For more info, call 764-0612A Special Thank-You to Austin Hartline!
is a Scout with Troop 252, and in working for his Eagle rank, his Eagle
Project was to rebuild the fire pit at the Wulff Lodge. FoGP
provided funds for materials, but it was Austin who organized
everything. The labor was provided by the scouts and a number of
dads. You can get a sense of what a terrific job they did by
looking at some pictures of Austin's Eagle Project
. (This is, by far, the best Eagle Project that I've ever seen, and I've seen a few; I used to be one of the adult leaders in Troop 252. - Don Lawson)
Grant Park Watch
The Park Watch meetings are merged into the Friends of Grant Park meetings,
Second Thursday of the month, 6:30 PM
at the Grant Park Golf Course ClubhousePark Watch Information and CalendarOur thanks to everybody who helped with the 2012 Pullin' O the Green fundraiser.
Our profits were approximately $1400.
The mission of the Friends of Grant Park is to
preserve natural areas of the park,
enhance unique features of the park,
encourage use of the park,
and provide a mechanism for private contributions to supplement public funding for Grant Park.
Contact your elected officials, and ask them what they are doing to help our parks!
(perhaps by bringing in more funding, perhaps by improving the efficiency of County Government)
Our Fiscal affiliate (by which we have tax-exempt status) is
The Park People of Milwaukee, Inc.
(See Park People's "FoGP" page)
For more information, send an e-mail to
This page last updated 12 April 2012 / DBL