On June 5th neighborhood residents joined us for the unveiling of a series of public art/neighborhood beautification projects that we call “Beautiful Blocks IV”. The components of this project are:
• A “Native Couple” park bench created by local artist Juan Flores that utilized funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board.
• The “Family Tree” program will add 13 trees to a highly visible area of Kosciuszko Park. This was made possible through a grant from the Southeast Wisconsin Watershed Trust, Inc. (Sweetwater). This program is a way of educating the public by linking ancestry to the environment. Trees donated by Park Neighborhoods residents will carry a small medallion dedicated to the favorite ancestor of the donor.
• Victorian gardens. UrbAn worked with a neighborhood horticulturalist to plan the grand Victorian gardens. These two semi circular gardens are on either side of the famous Kosciuszko Monument in a prominent area of Kosciuszko Park. These gardens once existed in Victorian times and will be similar to the originals, using shrubs and perennials.