Mitchell Park Domes Updates

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The Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes have been an important and living part of Milwaukee’s history for more than 50 years.  Though the overall structure of the Domes remains secure, the materials and technology used during construction are now outdated, and falling concrete debris has been observed in recent years.  These conditions led to the closure of the Domes in 2016 while structural engineers identified and implemented safety measures to protect visitors and employees. 


While work in 2016 provided a short-term response to conditions at the Domes, long-term concerns remain.  In the face of the pressing maintenance and capital needs, the County Executive has proposed and County Board has approved a Task Force to identify options and develop a long-term plan for the Domes.  The Domes are actually the second conservatory to be housed at Mitchell Park. Before the Domes, there was a Victorian style conservatory that, after about fifty years, was no longer safe and was replaced by the Domes. Now, fifty years into the life of the Domes, we’re facing similar challenges.  It is time for us as a community to have a conversation about the best way to invest in the next phase of the conservatory and the park. Because of the cultural significance of the Domes and the extensive, and likely expensive, investment that could be required, everyone has a vital stake in this process.  We are committed to an open and transparent process as we move forward.


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Want to share your thoughts on the Domes?  Mail your comments to:

Milwaukee County Conservatory / Domes Ideas

C/O Milwaukee County Parks
9480 W Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226;


Mitchell Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens, August 2, 1914


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