As Milwaukee County officials continue being preoccupied with whether they could save the Mitchell Park Domes—or if they should—the Domes themselves are prepping their summer show. Beginning June 10 and running through September 10, the Domes will go back in time for “DinoDomes”!
(We stumbled across some of the dinos during a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the Domes. See the un-blurred versions at the show itself!)
“Enter a lost world populated by prehistoric creatures—trek with us to DinoDomes, where a select group of dinosaurs have hatched and await you, unmoving, in the lush flora of the Mitchell Park Domes!” reads a press release. “Dare to pose for a picture with the raptors and brace yourself for an encounter with our largest dinosaur, Brachiosaurus. But be on your guard … Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures!”
The floral aspect of the show will include “hibiscuses, petunias, begonias, and celosias of varying electric hues, accompanied by ginkgo biloba trees and sago palms—both of which fed the herbivorous dinosaurs millions of years ago.” We’re guessing a glistening/reclining Jeff Goldblum will not be included.
The “DinoDomes” announcement arrives hours ahead of a scheduled Domes public input session, hosted by Milwaukee County Supervisor Juan Miguel Martinez. The event intends to give Mitchell Park neighbors a say in the long-running discussion on the future of the iconic Milwaukee landmarks.
A chunk of fallen concrete was discovered in one of the Mitchell Park Domes way back in 2016. Emergency closures, emergency nets, and endless task forces and studies have followed. The real-deal, this-is-the-last-one-we-swear consultant report—this one from The Concord Group—is expected this summer. It will contain four redevelopment options for the Domes (including demolition), and provide up-to-date costs for each option.
The Domes are open Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exclusive articles, podcasts, and more. Support Milwaukee Record on Patreon.