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 - 8/16/23
Board Members present: D. Pollock, G. Walter, G Wyder, C Morse, H. Tomasiewicz, & H. Schmidt Absent: A. Dressel
Meeting called to order at 7:10. Minutes of May 17th meeting reviewed and approved
FISCAL - With the Biergarten memberships we have approximately $40,000. ($25K obligated)
MEMBERSHIP - Almost 200 members with more to follow as renewals come in. Still some glitches in members getting beer discount. Need better method for adding members who do not sign up through the Biergarten. Harold to speak with Hans.
FARMERS MARKET - FOE needs a better understanding of how to market the memberships In person and some product to promote.
CAPITAL PROJECTS - Tunnel restoration remains on hold. Apparently the request for historical review was not submitted on a timely basis. Hope for a Fall completion. Parks installed the speed bumps and replaced the railings by the falls. Park Drive gates remain to be installed.
FOE SWAG - The design is ready for a new beer stein. The Board approved ordering up to a gross. Harold will place the order. There has been interest in FOE T-shirts and hats. Donna will check out online companies that will make shirts, etc. as individual orders. This would enable us to meet an interest without maintaining inventory.
FALLS FISH LADDER - There will be an MMSD rep at the September Biergarten Picnic (9/20) To give a short presentation and answer questions about the fish ladder to be installed In 2024.
AOC CLEAN UP - The Area Of Concern consortium has completed their review and identified 2 flood plains in Estabrook Park that require remediation (removal of contaminated soil vegetation and replacement). One is just south of the old dam site and the other is between stairwells 8 & 9. Work to be done in 4 to 5 years. More to follow.
FALL TREE PLANTING - FOE has ordered 40-45 more mature trees for planting. They will arrive with the County Parks order in October. Henry will order 200 seedlings for Spring.
Next Board meeting 11/15 in Lincoln Park
Biergarten Picnic 9/20, 5 to 7:30PM
Buckthorn weed outs - 9/9, 10/21 &11/4 9AM to 12. Meet at Kilbourntown House.
River Cleanup - Estabrook to Hubbard - Saturday, 8/26 from 9 -11. Meet in south parking lot.
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