Dear Friends of the Domes Members,
The Friends of the Domes (FOD) Board of Directors would like to update you, as members of the Friends of the Domes, of our concerns with the Milwaukee County Task Force on the Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes created by the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in March of 2016, and their progress on the plans for the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.
The County approved and installed a temporary “fix” of netting to catch any falling debris from the three domes in the Conservatory. The netting has a guaranteed life of 5 years, but will need to be inspected thereafter to see if it needs replacing. We are now 2-1/2 years into that 5 years and the Task Force has made little progress toward defining a permanent solution.
The FOD has a seat on the Task Force, so it has a voice and is witness to what has taken place. FOD staff and various board members have attended most Task Force meetings and are encouraging me to present our concerns to our membership so you are updated on the status of the Task Force’s work and have the ability to make your feelings known as the primary source of support for our Conservatory.
Stay informed about the future of your Conservatory right here.
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Friends of the Domes
Despite all of the foregoing, there have been options put forth by members of the Task Force as listed. However, there are no details or timetables associated with these options. They are still at the point of speculation. None of these options allows for more than a 25-year life expectancy for the Domes or contemplates a new facility if the yet-to-be-performed engineering study shows repairs are not feasible or cost effective.
Please click below to read the Feasiblity Study released on the future of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory as a result of work done to date by the Domes Task Force and Quorum Architects during the public outreach process.