Construction has begun on a bike and pedestrian bridge that will link the Menomonee Valley to Mitchell Park. The project is part of a $26 million initiative to connect surrounding neighborhood residents to jobs and other resources in the valley.
For 10 years, Moody Pool has remained an empty, boarded-up neighborhood nuisance, but the building will be torn down soon. In its place, a splash pool, small community building, lit basketball courts and parkways are among the planned amenities. Some neighborhood residents contend they were promised something that was never delivered.
In the year since Layton Boulevard West Neighbors presented its Quality of Life Plan to the neighborhood, visible improvements have been showing up in Silver City, Layton Park and Burnham Park.
For 10 years, MPS has held an annual “Foro” or “Forum Latino” for parents of students with special needs. More than 400 people attended this year’s event, the only one of its kind in the state, according to the school district.
Alverno College students are working to support an orphanage that mainly serves young girls who were victims of human trafficking. They are “Hope for Nicaragua,” a benefit fundraiser for Casa Mision Santa Faz on Friday, Nov. 9.
For three years a $300,000 synthetic turf football field donated to Journey House by the Green Bay Packers has sat in a storage warehouse in Green Bay. But, ground has now been broken for the Journey House Football Field and Stadium at Mitchell Park, and the turf will soon be laid out.
The Milwaukee Public Library system has seen an increase of nearly 223,000 visitors compared to the same time last year. Still, the system had to cut its proposed budget for 2013, resulting in a reduction of hours and services.
Milwaukee Public School (MPS) budget cuts over the years have led to the elimination of many full-time art teacher positions. In response, MPS and local organizations created a program to fill the void, allowing thousands of Milwaukee youth to participate in innovative community-based programs.
For the past year, male juveniles from Milwaukee County sentenced to incarceration were sent four hours north to the Copper Lake and Lincoln Hills schools in Irma, Wis. Recent changes approved by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will keep some high-risk young offenders in the county, saving taxpayers money and enabling the young men to remain closer to their families and rehabilitative resources.
The top predictor of whether a teen will reoffend is whether or not he has a strong support system. The new Milwaukee County Accountability Program (MCAP) is designed to help teens and their parents or guardians build that system together.