Milwaukee Recreation hosts virtual ribbon-cutting for reopening of Southgate Playfield

Noble Horvath

MILWAUKEE — Southgate Playfield is back open after remodeling and a virtual ribbon-cutting by Milwaukee Recreation. Back in 2018, Milwaukee Recreation began the process of redesigning and rebuilding their playfields. The first three to break ground were Columbia, Custer and Southgate. Now, the first of three is complete and has […]

MILWAUKEE — Southgate Playfield is back open after remodeling and a virtual ribbon-cutting by Milwaukee Recreation.

Back in 2018, Milwaukee Recreation began the process of redesigning and rebuilding their playfields. The first three to break ground were Columbia, Custer and Southgate.

Now, the first of three is complete and has reopened to the public.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Milwaukee Recreation was not able to host an in-person ribbon-cutting ceremony for Southgate Playfield. However, they were able to host it virtually through a video which can be found here.

“We wanted to find a fun way to show off this beautiful new play space,” said Milwaukee Recreation Senior Director Lynn Greb in a release Monday. “We hoped that by creating this video in place of an in-person ceremony the community will be able to see just how much has changed at Southgate. It has transformed into an oasis for all to enjoy, even while social distancing.”

Southgate Playfield is only one of many playfields to be revamped as a part of a 10-year-plan. According to Milwaukee Recreation, the Milwaukee Outdoor Recreation Facilities Master Plan was created in 2014. It rated 65 percent of the playfield facilities as fair to poor and identified more than $25 million in needed improvements over a 10-year span.

To learn more about Milwaukee Recreation’s efforts to transform its playfields, click here.

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