Chopping Away at the County Grounds
Sadly, the fight to protect the County Grounds continues 18 years later! The County Grounds continues to experience a death of a thousand cuts, including loss of habitat associated with construction of flood detention basins (90 acres), a research park, a sporting complex, and soon the Zoo Interchange project (17 acres).
The County Grounds’ biggest challenge now is the 1,192,000 sq. ft. UWM “Innovation Park.” The proposed area of the County Grounds to be allocated for economic development has expanded significantly over the years by over 40% – assuring that economic development would come into conflict with the preservation of the land’s natural features.
Wauwatosa and UWM could use Innovation Park to truly model innovative, sustainable development techniques, attract engineering jobs, enhance a nationally designated historic building district, and protect adjacent parkland and natural areas. They could show leadership in creating a development project that reflects the forward thinking of a world class University. Instead, they are paving paradise to put in a parking lot. It remains to be seen whether Innovation Park will live up to the expectations of its name. We truly hope it does.
"Behold What 'Innovation' Brings!" at the Cognitive Dissonance blog
More County Grounds tree cutting updates at the Urban Wilderness blog.
Read the attached article for a more detailed view of UWM Innovation Park and is threats to the County Grounds
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