The 19th annual National Public Lands Day was recently celebrated at Lynden Hill, one of only five U.S. Forest Service “urban tree house” spaces in the U.S., said Alderman Robert J. Bauman.
Alderman Bauman, whose 4th Aldermanic District includes Lynden Hill (located between N. 22nd and N. 23rd streets from W. McKinley Ave. to W. Juneau Ave.), said Lynden Hill is an urban green space that adds value for residents. “We are blessed in Milwaukee to have excellent parks and other public lands – large and small – to enjoy, and Lynden Hill is a great example of a green neighborhood oasis and focal point for the natural environment and environmental learning in the community,” he said.
The celebration took place Saturday and included representatives from Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, the U.S. Forest Service, an appearance byWoodsy Owl (Forest Service mascot/icon), and information on camping, hiking, and healthy lifestyles. There was also be craft-making and other activities for children.
On Saturday more than 170,000 Americans volunteered across the country to help restore the beauty and vitality of public lands as part of National Public Lands Day.
Facts about Lynden Hill Lynden Hill is one of five Urban Tree House sites in the United States. The national Urban Tree House program was conceived as a way to educate city youth about the natural environment, and pique their interest in natural resources and potential careers.
Lynden Hill is a community asset and a positive example of open green space in the city of Milwaukee. In 1993, community members rallied to protect Lynden Hill from the construction of a large housing development.
In partnership with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, the U.S. Forest Service, and the city’s Department of City Development, neighbors tend the land, remove trash and provide ongoing environmental education programs. Other organizations that have contributed to Lynden Hill are Neighborhood House and Safe & Sound.
For more information about Lynden Hill, please call Rosann Mathias of the Midtown Neighborhood Association at 414-933-3638.