January 2007 Bay View Compass Editorial
Dear Bay View Compass Readers,
As the new year approaches we will begin to see many positive, enhancements in our South Shore Park. The 5-year improvement plan to the South Shore Park shoreline, bike trail and breakwater will be completed. The shoreline protection plan and new bike trail were completed in 2006-we celebrated this with our first, Free Reggae Concert in South Shore Park. The 2007 County Budget that was adopted in November included the second half of the funding needed to complete the repair of the breakwater. This work will be concluded in 2007. I want to thank the South Shore Park Watch for their diligence and hard work in helping to accomplish this improvement that many will enjoy. The bike trail is open for all to enjoy now, the shoreline will be protected and the break wall repaired for future generations of boaters and lakefront users.
In addition, if you have taken a walk in the park lately you may have noticed the installation of public art in South Shore Park. Milwaukee County ordinances state that with each capital improvement project with a cost greater than $500,000, 1% of that project's total cost shall be used to sponsor public art within Milwaukee County. South Shore Park was chosen to receive this art and on June 8th, 2006 over 100 neighbors attended a community meeting I hosted to get input on which public art would be in South Shore Park.
Richard Hansen's, "Edge Elements" was chosen by the residents and also the Public Art Committee to be featured in South Shore Park. According to the artist Hansen, "the five sculptural places are made of granite and like pieces of till left parallel to the ancient glacial movement, the elements will align with the water's edge at strategic points in South Shore Park." One piece located along the shoreline behind the Pavilion has this quote etched in it, "Everything changes, everything is connected, pay attention." Lastly, at both the north and south ends of the park there are two sculptural seating areas that resemble benches. They will feature a bike system map for people to use to orient themselves and use as a resting point. Please contact my office with any questions or additional information you would like on this project.
In conclusion, I wish you all a Happy and safe New Year in 2007! I am happy to report Milwaukee County's investments in South Shore Park. I am working on a number of projects and legislation to help improve our quality of life in the 4th District and can't wait to share this progress with you.
Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic
MILWAUKEE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
Courthouse Room 201, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233
PHONE: 414-278-4232 FAX: 414-223-1380