We’re so close! Push Rezoning County Grounds as Parkland!

Dear Friends,
It is SUPER important that a record number of people contact Milw. County Executive Chris Abele, ALL the County Supervisors (Parks Committee members and the additional members on the resource list from the link below). We have made it super simple by just clicking the link and copying and pasting all the emails into one email. You can write one email and send to ALL the County Board members & Abele in ONE email!

If you are NOT a Milwaukee County resident but still come to the County Grounds and/or the Monarch Trail, please let them know this. When people come from out of the community, they also enjoy the beauty of this precious land and might even enjoy a meal or coffee at a local Tosa business. It’s a win-win for nature, tourism income, Monarch migration, etc.

We have a REAL chance at winning this. Even if you cannot attend the meeting, they are tabulating the number of letters, emails and phone calls they are receiving. They MEET THIS THURSDAY!! Please try to make a little time to ensure this land is rezoned to parkland. There is already plenty of development going on.

EMAIL, WRITE, CALL------for the sake of you, me, and the creatures that need this land. It is a unique and precious place. We NEED to protect it!

In Peace,
Kristina Paris

The public outcry is working!

Thanks to you and your attendance, letters, emails and calls, the door is open for a new Resolution to the County Board to be on the agenda for Thursday May 25th (approximate agenda time, 11am) at the Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N 9th St., Milwaukee, WI, 53233, Room 200

Here’s another opportunity to make a call, write another email, and if you can, attend the meeting to support the new resolution requesting that the City of Wauwatosa rezone the remainder of the County Grounds as County Parkland!

Please contact your Supervisor and cc ALL the Supervisors AND the County Supervisor, urging them to support the resolution to request Wauwatosa to rezone the remaining parcels on the County Grounds as Parkland.

All County Supervisors and the County Executive contact info can be found at:

Phone calls would be great, as well. (#’s in the link)

Key points to consider:

  • Wauwatosa has asked the County for their interests for this land, and this is the means and the moment to tell them that the land should be rezoned as parkland.

  • This resolution will set in motion actions needed for Wauwatosa to rezone and protect this precious area.

  • Wauwatosa is asking to develop on precious land and asking to loosen restrictions of the UWM land, including the Monarch Conservancy. There will be no stopping Wauwatosa from over-developing the County Grounds UNLESS we continue to make our voices heard. Ask the County Board of Supervisors and the County Executive to SAVE ALL the remaining natural areas on the County Grounds.

This resolution will request a “suspension of the rules” (which requires a 12+ member vote) and states:

Be it Resolved, that the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors hereby opposes land sale, land swap, rezoning/re-designation, or compromise of the acreage of County Grounds Park; and

Be it Further Resolved, that Milwaukee County supports and encourages the City of Wauwatosa to rezone the remaining parcels of the approximate 43 acres of wooded area under Taxkey # 372999917 and Taxkey #373999907, known as Sanctuary Woods, to the appropriate designation equivalent as parkland to expand the boundaries of County Grounds Park, and be subject to the protections granted under Wisconsin Statutes Section 59.17(2)(b)(3) that prohibit the sale of parkland.

Thank you so much for helping protect this precious bit of land – our heritage and our legacy…

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