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Vliet Street Commons
stainless steel, concrete, galvanized steel fencing poles, landscaping
pocket park 25’ x 160’ x 260’
50th and Vliet Street, Washington Heights, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2002

The 56 Washington Heights Block Clubs and the Vliet Street Business Incentive District needed a public space, a neighborhood-gathering place, but had only an odd shaped barren plot. The City of Milwaukee provided a small stipend for developing an initial concept. Inspired by the swing of a baseball bat, a triangle shaped pocket park was designed to nestle between several city ball fields. A sculptural community table is the focal point framed by a curved promenade which is an arbor that also serves as a performance stage. Tucked behind is a labyrinth reading garden.

Construction funds were raised entirely by the community through car washes, wine tastings, art auctions, door to door soliciting and appeal to local companies such as Rockwell International, Miller Brewing, Marshall & Isley Bank, Central Cement and Harley Davidson. Many hands volunteered to do clearing and planting.