• Milwaukee Public Museum Task Force recommendation

    March 19, 2019

    Last week, the Domes were front page news. You may have seen this Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel piece or the other news outlets that reported the consultant to the Milwaukee Public Museum Task Force recommended knocking down the Domes.

    As you might have guessed, “the recommendation of bulldozing the Domes and combining with the museum at a shared facility landed with a thud.”

    The National Trust and Milwaukee Preservation Alliance were happy to see many county elected officials reaffirm that the current County Board policy is still to repair and restore the Domes. As Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb noted, “The Domes Task Force is involved in a more extensive analysis than the Museum Task Force, and they are charged with drafting recommendations that I believe will lead to the repair and preservation of the Domes.”

    Please mark your calendars for April 3, 2019, when the Milwaukee Public Museum Task Force will hold a joint meeting with the Domes Task Force at 5:30 p.m. at the Gordon Park Pavilion (2828 North Humboldt Boulevard, Milwaukee, WI 53212).

    Prior to the meeting, we will share more information about how Domes supporters can participate and voice their support. The Save Our Domes Coalition firmly believes a future for the Domes based on preservation and rehabilitation would be the most cost-effective and environmentally sustainable approach. Thank you for your support!

  • Supervisors Support Domes Phase 3!

    February 11, 2019

    Good news! At the recent Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors unanimously voted to fund phase three of the Future Path and Feasibility Study being overseen by the Domes Task Force. Thank you for taking action—supervisors heard your voices loud and clear.

    Please contact the supervisors and thank them for their support! Our advocacy work for the Domes continues, and we will need you to take action again.

    In late 2018, the Domes Task Force completed the first two phases of its three-phase Future Path and Feasibility Study, selecting two options for further study: targeted investments and destination attraction. Phase three will include refining projected costs, considering potential public-private funding sources, and exploring new governance models. Following phase three, the task force will make a final recommendation to the county. Save Our Domes will continue to advocate for a preservation solution for the Domes, and your voices are critical!

    Don’t forget to contact the supervisors. We will keep you informed as we learn more about the work of the Task Force and the future of the Domes.

  • Update from the Milwaukee County Parks Committee Meeting

    January 31, 2019

    Thank you for all your emails to Elected Officials!Please share the update below and encourage friends, family, colleagues to show their support for the Domes. Elected officials need to hear from as many people as possible before February 7! Please contact Milwaukee County Leaders today.

    On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, the Chairman of the Domes Task Force Bill Lynch, reported to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisor Parks, Environment, and Energy Committee (PEEC) on the progress made by the Task Force, which has completed the first two phases of the Future Path and Feasibility Study. The first two of three phases resulted in selecting two options for further study: targeted investments and designation attraction. Chairman Lynch also asked for funding for Phase III so the Task Force can make a final report and recommendation to the full Board of Supervisors as soon as possible. PEEC approved formally placing the report in the legislative file but took no additional action.

    The Phase I Domes Future Path and Feasibility Study states “[There] are viable approaches that can help to provide for a sustainable and economically viable Domes facility in Mitchell Park in the future. These approaches will require initial and ongoing investment by the public and private sectors.” The National Trust and Milwaukee Preservation Alliance firmly agree and believe that a meeting of the Board of Supervisors on February 7 is going to be crucial to ensure the Task Force continues its important work. You can read about the two options selected for further study and the full Domes Task Force Interim Report & Request for Action here.

    Please contact Milwaukee County Leaders today. We will keep you informed as we learn more about the work of the Task Force and the future of the Domes.

  • Support Phase 3 for the Domes

    January 24, 2019

    This year is shaping up to be an important year for the future of the Mitchell Park Domes. In late 2018, the Domes Task Force completed the first two phases of its three-phase Future Path and Feasibility Study, selecting two options for further study: targeted investments and destination attraction. These two options have received widespread support from the community and could bring substantial economic and public benefits to Milwaukee County.

    Let Milwaukee County leaders know you support phase three of the Domes Task Force!

    The Phase I Domes Future Path and Feasibility Study states “[There] are viable approaches that can help to provide for a sustainable and economically viable Domes facility in Mitchell Park in the future. These approaches will require initial and ongoing investment by the public and private sectors.” The National Trust and Milwaukee Preservation Alliance firmly agree, and know that meetings of the Parks, Energy, and Environment Committee and the Board of Supervisors in January and February are going to be crucial to ensure the Task Force continues its important work. You can read about the two options selected for further study and the full Domes Task Force Interim Report & Request for Action here.

    Please contact Milwaukee County Leaders today. We will keep you informed as we learn more about the work of the Task Force and the future of the Domes.

  • Statements from Save Our Domes on Proposed Budget Amendments

    October 29, 2018

    On Thursday, October 25, 2018, during the Finance Committee meeting of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, the Save Our Domes Coalition read the following statements on two proposed amendments.

    The below statement was in response to Amend Org. Unit No. 9,000—Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture and Org. Unit No. 1,900—Cultural Contributions-Milwaukee Public Museum. This amendment passed and will now be considered by the full Board of Supervisors:

    We are appreciative of the Milwaukee County Supervisors’ continued focus on the future of the Mitchell Park Domes, a beloved local landmark and nationally significant historic place. As this process moves forward, we would encourage this committee to work as closely as possible with the Domes Task Force, as well as seeking input and engagement from the community.

    As this amendment is discussed, we want to remind supervisors that time and time again, whether at public meetings or through online surveys, the public has voiced their support for protecting the Domes from disinvestment, destruction, and demolition.

    We are confident that as this conversation progresses, rehabilitation will be shown as the most cost-effective and positive outcome for the Mitchell Park Domes. Save Our Domes is eager to be a resource throughout this process, and we look forward to working together to build a successful and vibrant future for this iconic landmark.

    The below statement was in response to Amend Org. Unit No. 3,270—Office of the County Clerk and Election Commission and Org. Unit No. 9,000—Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture. After discussion by the committee, the amendment was withdrawn before a vote was taken.

    Today, Save Our Domes spoke to the Finance Committee in opposition to the budget amendment proposing a county-wide advisory referendum related to the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory concurrent with the spring election. A public referendum before the Domes Task Force can refine projected costs, potential public-private funding sources, and explore new governance models, would be extremely premature. In addition, the potential to investigate co-location of the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Domes has only just been proposed and should be a factor in these discussions.

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