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Foundation Park has gotten an overhaul. (PHOTO: Joseph Kaltenberg / City of Milwaukee)

Aldermen celebrate renewed Foundation Park

Milwaukee Alds. Russell W. Stamper, II and Michael J. Murphy will celebrate the reconstruction of Foundation Park, 3700 W. McKinley Ave. in the East Martin Drive neighborhood, in an event Thursday from 4 until 6 p.m.

As part of the ongoing MKE Plays initiative to transform 14 deteriorating city parks, the 8,000-square foot Foundation Park has gotten a new sidewalk, new play equipment, shade trees, lawn, benches and picnic tables.

The protective rubber surfacing at the playset features a tradition Hmong embroidery patterns, reflecting the neighborhood's growing Hmong community.

Foundation Park before (above) and after (below).

The improvements were realized with funding from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) and the Walt Disney Corporation, and collaboration between the Martin Drive Neighborhood Association, the Hmong American Friendship Association, MKE Plays and local artists.

According to a statement from the aldermen, "The revitalized park highlights the rich cultural heritage of the growing Hmong community in this west side neighborhood, and includes accessible rubber safety surfacing with vibrant, colorful embroidery patterns that are symbolic of the Hmong culture. Foundation Park provides a social gathering place for all neighbors."

There will be performances at 4:30 at today's event.

"Please join us for an afternoon of fun activities as we welcome a new park and community space that celebrates our Hmong neighbors and their culture," said Stamper. "I thank all the organizations and individuals who made the new Foundation Park a reality and an extraordinary community asset."

"Foundation Park is another wonderful example of Milwaukee community members working together with MKE Plays, an initiative I began in 2015," added Murphy.

"Through the generous support of the NRPA and the Walt Disney Corporation, I am proud to see another beautiful park reconstructed to benefit our neighborhoods where our residents live, work and play."

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