John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Eleven years ago, Ruth Simos and a few other people started the Humboldt Park Park Watch to help preserve the park and to provide programs for the people coming there. As you know by now, funding for staff workers at the park is at a minimum. The staff workers who are there also have to work at many other parks, reducing the time that they can work at the park. The Park Watch is composed of people interested in helping the park survive. Reduced staffing has caused many areas of the park to go into weed patches and for the park lagoon to become very polluted. It is not the fault of the park staff for this problem. They are very hard workers and are being stretched to their limit. It is funding of the park that is the problem. At the park we have summer concerts in the park chalet that are free to the public. We have the Independence Day celebration that is handled by the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association since 1910. There are baseball games scheduled inside of the park. The park pavilion is used for parties and for park functions. Many picnics are held in the park. Small kids go fishing in the park lagoon. The park watch is the group dedicated to promoting these activities and attempting to protect the park from lack of further funding.
In December, the park watch has a Winter Pot Luck in the pavilion for anybody to attend. On March 15 of this year, it sponsored the Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the area at the pavilion location. The egg hunt started at 10 AM sharp, and is over very quickly. In spring, the park watch sponsors a park cleanup activity for all interested people. The date of this event will be given later. At the last regular park concert, the park watch has a fund raising Corn Roast to provide funding for the year's programs. In fall, the park watch has a Tree Day for young children, in which both indoor activities and outdoor field trips are given. The children coming to this event are from the local schools. The park watch meetings are held on the second Tuesday, every other month. The next scheduled meeting will be on April 8, 2008, at 7 PM in the park pavilion. We invite everybody who likes the park and would like to help preserve it in any way to attend the meetings. Volunteers are the heart of this organization, and all organizations in Bay View. If you have an interest in joining this group, please contact Ruth Simos at (414) 483-9330 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have a great need for more people interested in joining the park watch. There is also an ice skating group at Humboldt Park looking for members. The Humboldt Park 4th of July Association needs more members to keep our celebration of Independence Day the best one in Milwaukee. The Humboldt Park 4th of July Association meets on the first Wednesday of March, April, May and every Wednesday in June at 7 PM in the park pavilion. Everybody is welcome to attend the meetings. Bay View needs volunteers in most of our organizations to give their input to an aging membership. All help is welcome.