A community-led crowdfunding campaign supported by Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) exceeded its goal and has made it possible to open Milwaukee’s biggest futsal courts on the South Side.
“The Burnham Park Neighborhood has been the place I call home for most of my life. As I raise my two daughters in this neighborhood, I want the best for them and our community. That is why I decided to join the Burnham Park Task Force and help renovate the park that I used as a kid and that my daughters now use,” said Burnham Park neighbor Eddy Orozco. The conversion of formerly-abandoned tennis courts into futsal courts is the first of many improvements planned for this beloved, active park. Burnham Park serves as the neighborhood park to the nearly 7,000 people under the age of 18 that live just over a mile from the park.
The redevelopment was led by Layton Boulevard West Neighbors in partnership with Milwaukee Recreation (a Department of the Milwaukee Public Schools) with support from Carmen High School of Science and Technology – South and Southeast Campus Students, City of Milwaukee – Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC), Melitta S. and Joan M. Pick Charitable Trust, Mike Mervis, Dr. Patricia Hoben, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, Summit Credit Union and the Zilber Family Foundation. In addition, over 100 other individuals and a donation in honor of Beto Villareal contributed to the crowdfunding campaign.
This project foreshadows a significant renovation plan for the rest of Burnham Park, projected to begin in 2020.
Where: Burnham Park, 3300 W Burnham St, Milwaukee, WI 53215
When: Speaking Program on Tuesday, September 24th at 5:30 PM, Open play at 5:45pm Who: Burnham Park Task Force (neighbors), LBWN and other Project Partners
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