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.
Somebody complained that I would not accept the fact that Milwaukee County has received several rewards for its parks. That person has never visited Saveland, South Shore, Kosciusko, Humboldt or Grant Parks. The bathrooms at Saveland (now being repaired), Humboldt and South Shore have been condemned by the City of Milwaukee Health Department. The wood on many of the park benches is so weak that you could fall through them if you sit them. If you sit at a picnic table, you end up on a seesaw. In Grant Park, the famous bridges are on the verge of collapsing due to rotten worn out wood. The roadways in these parks need work. They have rowboat in Saveland Park but no place to use it. The lagoon in Humboldt Park can barely be seen. due to all of the weeds nearby. Sure Scott Walker won awards for beautiful parks, but nobody visited the south side parks that are in great need of repairs. What is going to be done about all the repairs needed in our parks. Our fore fathers would turn over in their graves if they saw the condition of our parks. Check the photo archives of Bay View High School, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bay View Compass, the Milwaukee Public Library, The Milwaukee County Historical Society and other places if you want to see what our parks used to look like. It is sad watching them turn into abandoned grave yards. If only they could restore park staffing, then we could once again be proud of our heritage parks. Please save our parks so another generation of citizens can enjoy using them. Contact Scott Walker or/and your local politicians to help us save our parks for the future.