Remember the Domes? You know, the three Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory domes that started to fall apart last year? Remember all the drama—the fake fundraisers, the real fundraisers, the heated words, the gnashing of teeth—that unfolded as Milwaukee wondered what would happen to their beloved landmarks they rarely visited? Remember the endless, brain-meltingly useless task force meetings? Well, someone remembers.
Yes, even though the Domes have fallen off Milwaukee’s outrage radar in recent months (we’re back to the streetcar now, in case you were wondering), a coalition called Save Our Domes is still fighting the good fight and sticking up for our embattled icons. In fact, the coalition is calling for a show of support at the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors 2018 Budget Public Hearing, Monday, October 30, at the Bradley Pavilion of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
“Over the past few months, the Save Our Domes coalition has heard countless stories from people who love the Domes and can’t imagine the Milwaukee skyline without them,” reads an email from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “The County Domes Task Force continues to meet and explore long-term options for the Domes’ future. As Milwaukee County works to approve its 2018 budget, we need your help. Please join us to show county supervisors that citizens support the Domes and want to see them rehabbed and reused, as a community resource, with programming and sustainable financial operations.”
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6), though the coalition is asking folks to meet at 5:30 p.m., across the street at Red Arrow Park, to pick up materials and “review talking points for the public comment portion of the meeting.” John Gurda will probably be there.
Also: Just go to the Domes, Milwaukee. They’re delightful.