Who We Are
We are a group that participates in various activities to maintain and improve Estabrook Park.
We have cooperated with the Milwaukee County Parks Department and the Milwaukee Historical Society in maintaining this historic park. We have sponsored nature walks for the community, have replanted several degraded areas and have constructed trails and repaired stairs, have participated in weedouts and river cleanups.
We have been around since 2008 and have had a formal structure since 2012. The by-laws call for a board of directors and officers as well as members. We can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Friends of Estabrook Park Board Meeting Minutes, March 2, 2022
Board Members present: H. Schmidt, G. Walter, G. Wyder, D. Pollock, H. Tomasiewicz, E. Burkholder, & A. Dressel. Guests Gary Johnson & Anne Stadler-Vailancourt from Friends of Lincoln Park and liaison from Park People
Meeting called to order by President Schmidt at 7:10
Attendees introduce themselves and Anne Stadler-Vailancourt described what they do at Friends of Lincoln Park. She said the organization has become more social and they hosted Shakespeare in the Park.
Minutes of November 17, 2021, approved
Mr Schmidt presented proposed budget. Donna Pollock agreed that $400 should be sufficient for yards signs. The budget was approved.
Membership - Ms Burkholder will send out an email reminder to lapsed members from 2021 and 2020. She will add Supervisor Wasserman, Chair of the Parks, Energy, & Environment Committee, and Supervisor Sumner, of Milwaukee County's 1st District, as honorary members.
Ms Pollock expects to purchase “20-25” yard signs at approximately “$10 each”.
Picnic dates for midweek and one Sunday afternoon requested.
Farmers’ Market – Ms Pollock will host a table and see how it goes. We expect it will be held in Estabrook again this year, and the parkway will be closed only on Sunday mornings.
Capital Projects - Mr Schmidt explained that Parks will consider new “Park Incentive Projects” in May and November. He would like to propose improving accessibility on path around pond for mid-April. He also hopes to find “matching money” from Parks for the tunnel façade.
Biergarten Promotion – Mr Schmidt passed around a design of the 2022 challenge coin and explained that Hans has ordered 600 new tokens. Hans also hopes to integrate an automatic discount into his payment system.
Mr Dressel presented the survey results and agreed to create a summary for the next newsletter.
Spring tree planting – Mr Walter and Mr Tomasiewicz plan to acquire 600 seedlings in April. Mr Schmidt explained that Parks has a goal of having no more than 20% of one tree family and no more than 10% of one species in a park.. Parks also plans to replace recently removed trees, mostly ash killed by emerald ash borer, at a ratio of 1 or 2 to 5.
Mr Tomasiewicz explained plans for a pollinator event by Shorewood Conservation Committee on May 21, 2022.
Mr Schmidt described the upcoming the Park People GALA on November 12, 2022. Ms Pollock will recruit contributions for the silent auction. Mary Belvior might consider helping out.
Mr Schmidt announced future board meeting dates of June 8, August 31, and November 9.
It was proposed that the annual meeting be held at the Sunday afternoon picnic.
Mr Schmidt announced weedout dates of May 14, May 21, September 10, October 15, and Nov. 6.
Mr Schmidt announced plans for a memorial tree for the wife of Mr Walter.
Mr Schmidt explained that he had not yet heard of any new fish ladder plans.
Mr Schmidt announced that the biergarten plans to reopen on April 22.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50. Respectfully submitted, Andrew Dressel, Secretary.
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