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Mitchell Park Domes Survey

Domes Survey

The work in progress in the Domes provides only safety measures to protect visitors and staff; it does not address repairs and updates needed by a 50+ year old facility. Given the potential large costs of repairs as well as the opportunity to re-imagine the future, the County Executive and the County Board believe that it is important to ask the Milwaukee County community, “What should happen next?”

Milwaukee County is collecting feedback on possible long-term options for the future of the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes. All feedback will be weighed by the Advisory Committee that has been tapped to listen to the community and to recommend a future direction and long-term plan.

Overview of Survey Options

Working with GRAEF Consultants, a nationally-recognized planning firm located in Milwaukee, we have identified a range of options for the community to consider, summarized here and explained in more detail in the three tabs immediately above. The questions for the community to consider are:

  • What uses should we be planning for: a conservatory containing most or all of the current Dome’s plant collection, new uses, or a combination of uses?
  • What structure(s) should we considering: the current Domes structures, a new structure or structures, or some combination?
  • What other ideas does the community have for the future?

Repair All 3 Domes Structures

R1 with Current Use as a Horticultural Conservatory

Repair all three Domes in their current locations and continue all ongoing horticultural and educational activities.

The character of each Dome would be preserved with the continued scheduling of regular, special, and private events.

R2 with New Uses

Repair all three Domes in their current locations and use the structures for new purposes. The Domes would be used as a different indoor, recreational space managed by Milwaukee County Parks, while the greenhouses would continue horticulture operations to support the Boerner Botanical Gardens.

R3 with Your Input

Offer your ideas about rebuilding!

Remove & Build New

B1 New Domes On Site with Current & Expanded Uses

The three Domes at the Conservatory would be demolished, while the Annex and greenhouses would remain. New domes would be constructed in their place with restored connections to the Annex and greenhouses for continued horticultural and educational activities, events, and other complementary uses.

B2 New Conservatory at Mitchell Park with Current & Expanded Uses

The three Domes would be demolished. A new conservatory would be built in Mitchell Park for horticultural, research and educational facilities. The Annex and greenhouses could continue to operate during demolition.

B3 New Conservatory at Other Location with Current & Expanded Uses

The three Domes would be demolished. Related activities would cease at Mitchell Park, but horticultural operations would continue in the greenhouses and Annex to support Boerner Botanical Garden. The conservatory and related activities would be moved to another location in the county.

B4 New Conservatory with Your Input

Offer your ideas about building something new!.

Other Remove & Reinvest

O1 Remove & Reinvest in Another Asset with Current & Expanded Uses

The three Domes would be demolished and related activities would cease at Mitchell Park. Horticultural operations would continue in the greenhouses to support the Boerner Botanical Garden in Hales Corners. The money that would be used to rebuild or relocate the Domes would be invested in an existing or new County community asset.

O2 Remove with Your Input

Offer your ideas about another idea!

O3 Partial Removal & Partial New Facility with Current & Expanded Uses

1-2 Domes would be restored. The Domes could be used for horticultural purposes or as a different indoor, recreational space managed by Milwaukee County Parks. A facility would be built along side the existing greenhouses and Annex to expand programming opportunities.

O4 Partial Removal & Partial New Facility with Your Input

Offer your ideas about another partial removal and partial new option!

Explained in more detail in the three tabs immediately above

Have something more to say?

You can e-mail us at domes@milwaukeecountywi.gov

Or mail your comments to:

Milwaukee County Conservatory / Domes Ideas

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

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