Future of The Domes

Future of the Mitchell Park Domes

Friends of the Domes

The Friends of the Domes (FOD) is a private non-profit 501(c) 3, established in 1989. We directly channel resources that make possible many of the educational, scientific, and cultural programs held at The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Our support complements, but is separate from the support provided by Milwaukee County.

FOD Mission
The Friends of the Domes mission is to promote and support the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (the "Domes") and surrounding park by creating and enhancing the visitor experience of this globally significant urban destination.

FOD Vision
By sharing our appreciation and understanding of habitats that sustain our world, we foster an environment where everyone can experence unique worldwide plant collections in a natural setting.


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The Friends Role

Keeping Minds Open

While the ultimate decision on how to proceed with the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory will be that of the Milwaukee County government, the Friends of the Domes has had a voice in the process and we see our mission in this discussion as one of keeping minds open to all options and providing whatever support we are able to in moving this process forward.

We feel that our large, supportive membership sends a strong message to the County that a horticultural conservatory makes Milwaukee a better place to live and visit. A vibrant horticultural conservatory is important to every community.

Our Mitchell Park Conservatory:

  • is an oasis in an urban environment providing therapeutic value of an indoor tropical and desert garden throughout the year
  • adds value to Milwaukee as a tourist destination
  • has a positive civic impact on the neighborhood
  • provides valuable educational programming for adults and school children
  • is a venue for winter celebrations and holiday events
  • is home to a 3.2 million dollar world class plant collection

In answer to the question we hear daily, “What can we do to help?” we say: “SUPPORT YOUR CONSERVATORY”

  • Become a member of the Friends of the Domes
  • Be vocal in your support for the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
  • Contact your County Supervisor
  • Keep an open mind to the best option for a facility, meeting 21st century needs and possibilities

County Task Force

The Milwaukee County Task Force on the Mitchell Park Conservatory

The Domes Task Force was charged with reviewing the services that the Conservatory provides to the community, as well as providing a sustainable facility and operating model.

Through community engagement and expert analysis of conditions, constraints and opportunities, The Milwaukee County Task Force on the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes (Domes Task Force) evaluated long-term options for the future of the Conservatory and its associated activities, costs and benefits. The Task Force recommended a course of action to the Milwaukee County Executive and County Board.

This web site serves as a communication platform for this project as well as the Milwaukee County Web Site.

Meeting materials can be found by searching "Domes Task Force" on the County Legislative Information Center

Feasibility Studies

Please click below to read the Feasiblity Studies released on the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory as a result of work completed by the Domes Task Force.

Phase One

Read the Phase One Future Path & Feasibility Study

Phase Two

Read the Phase Two Future Path & Feaibility Study

Phase Three

Read the Phase Three Future Path & Feasibility Study
This long term plan for the Domes and Mitchell Park has been submitted to the County Board for consideration.