Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Virginia Small champions Milwaukee's O'Donnell Park

Nice op-ed in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by one of the tenacious defenders of O'Donnell Park between the downtown and the lakefront. A good reminder that public assets are under attack in Wisconsin these days, so here's a salute to the people who respect the land and intend to make sure it's there for the next generations to enjoy and pass along, too.

As Small writes:
I happened to be in O'Donnell Park on a recent Saturday afternoon and was struck by the many clusters of people taking photographs of each other from various vantage points. I've witnessed that before, but the park was especially full of shutterbugs and strollers, despite fog almost completely obscuring the view of the Calatrava's outstretched white wings...
I'm glad that the Milwaukee Art Museum wants to preserve O'Donnell Park and to protect the assets that especially serve museum visitors: its grand view, convenient parking and access from E. Wisconsin Ave. across the park plaza and bridge...Our local economy, especially tourism, depends on having such a compelling public place. It deserves better care and respect for its value...
Next time you're downtown, consider stopping by O'Donnell Park. Check out the picture-perfect views, which are ever-changing with the weather and time of day, and see who is enjoying Milwaukee's extraordinary town plaza.

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