Vacant Land Project
Vacant Land Project

Ezekiel Gillespie

City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mayor Tom Barrett’s HOME GR/OWN Initiative, Walnut Way and the Walnut Way Housing Committee chose this site to build a new sustainable park. The site formerly consisted of 2 vacant lots and a vacant home, torn down prior to construction. The park was designed & constructed by HOME GR/OWN, UWM’s Community Design Solutions, Simon Landscaping, the Energy Exchange & Walnut Way’s Blue Skies Landscaping, employing residents from the neighborhood. Ezekiel Gillespie was a Milwaukee freedman, shopkeeper and a founder of St. Mark’s A.M.E Church. Gillespie is most known for suing the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the 1860’s for the right to vote… and won, giving African American men the right to vote in Wisconsin for the first time. More about this project >

Use Goal: Recreation
Use Type: Pocket Park
Year Established: 2015
Year Ended: Ongoing
Duration: Permanent
Size (acres): 0.5 acre or less (1-5 lots)
Initial Cost: Unknown
Site Control: Other
Lead Organization Type: Government
Implementation Partners: Nonprofit, Private

Last updated: April 2023 – Do you have additional information about this project? Please use the share your project form » to share that information.

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