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,Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Board members present: H. Schmidt, G. Walter, G. Wyder, D. Pollock Absent: H. Tomasiewicz A. Dressel (on years leave)
Guests: G. Sis, G Johnson, C. Morse and J. Frederick
Meeting was called to order by President Schmidt at 7:10. Minutes of the 3-02-22 meeting were approved as amended.
Fiscal - Approximately $20,000 on hand. Outlays include $1000 to MCHS for the Kilbourntown House, $235 for signs, $500 for tools and supplies. Project 12/31/22 balance of $23K.
Membership - C. Morse is now in charge of membership. Have 84 paid members. Let's Be Friends signs generated some interest.
Farmer’s Market - Starts Fathers’ Day. Donna will oversee FOE booth.
Capital Projects - Bids for removing the steps in the trail at the north end of the pond exceeded the budgeted amount of $3000 by $7 to $9K. The project was tabled as too expensive. Other options will be explored. The tunnel facade project is still estimated at $20K and will be submitted as a Park Improvement Project (PIP) in the fall.
Large tree planting - A PIP was submitted for planting 3 gallon pot trees in the natural areas in the fall. Approximately 25 trees will be ordered at a cost not to exceed $500. A like sum will probably be needed to protect the trees.
Pollinator Garden/Palooza - An estimated 200-300 people attended the event which seemed to be well received. The Shorewood Conservation Committee intends to make it an annual event. Some flowers have been added to the garden but more are needed.
Spring Tree Planting - 600 planted with mixed results. Good response from volunteers.
Monday/Tuesday Workdays - well attended with 7-8 people, big projects included reroofing the shed, tree planting and trail maintenance.
Area of Concern (AOC) - Clean up by MMSD should begin next year. No change on fish ladder.
Board Membership - Emily Burkholder resigned effective 5/19/22. Carolyn Morse will take over the membership duties. She was nominated to the Board and unanimously approved to fill the vacant Board position. Harold, Henry, and Donna are to have their Board positions renewed.
Beer Mugs - Donna asked about selling FOE beer mugs directly at the Market. It’s feasible. Donna and Harold will explore the idea further.
Fee Structure - Harold suggested that our fee structure be reviewed to align it with other Friends groups. He and Donna will explore the idea in prep for new brochures.
Board meetings 8/31 and 11/9
Weedouts 9/10, 10/15 & 11/6
Biergarten Picnics 8/10 and 9/15
Meeting adjourned at 8:30. Respectfully submitted by Gil Walter, sec’y pro tem
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