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 awards for its parks. That person has never visited Saveland, South Shore, Humboldt, Kosciusko or Grant Park. The restrooms at Saveland Park are being repaired now. The restrooms at Humboldt and South Shore Park are in bad condition. The rotten worn out wood on many of our park benches are so weak that you could fall through if you sit on them. The picnic tables are like seesaws. In Grant Park the historical bridges are on the verge of collapsing due to rotten worn out wood. The roadways in these parks are in need of repairs. They have a row boat in Saveland Park but no place to use it. The lagoon at Humboldt Park is so weedy that you are almost unable to see it. Sure, Scott Walker wins awards for beautiful parks, but they never visited our southeast side parks to see how much in need of work they are. Our forefathers would turn over in their graves if they could see our parks today. What is going to be done about all of the repairs needed in our parks? Check the photo archives of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Bay View Compass, Milwaukee County Historical Society, The Milwaukee County Library, Bay View High School and other places if you want see what our parks looked like in the past. It is like watching them turn into abandoned grave yards. If only they could restore park staffing so that our parks could recover. Please save our parks for another generation to be able to enjoy using them. Contact Scott Walker and other local politicians to help us save our parks for the future.