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Swingers unite!
Swingers unite!
Aw, lonely-looking, swingless park.
Aw, lonely-looking, swingless park.

Save the swings!

In September 2012, swings of various sizes made from tires and other recycled material were installed underneath the Holton Street Viaduct just north of Brady Street. 

The park became a favorite of kids and adults alike and received nicknames like "swing park" and "the pop-up park" because it seemingly came into existence over night and without buzz.

The swings were created by Keith Hayes and a group of urban activists. Hayes is  the founder of beintween, which conducts many recycling-focused projects geared toward improving and celebrating public spaces.

The swings were erected to add another dimension to the space that had already been converted into a "Media Garden" meeting space by La Dallman architects.

Last month, it was determined the swings were in need of repair and removed. In an effort to raise funds, beintween – along with MKE BKE, the Makerspace, the City of Milwaukee and NEWaukee – launched a "Save Our Swings" initiative.

The goal is to raise $11,000 over the next month.

"Our goal is to help raise money to replace the swings with a safer, more permanent solution," says NEWaukee’s Ian Abston.

I have spent many hours at that park with my family. My son even had a birthday party there which, unbeknownst to us at the time, was two days before the swings were removed. 

Swinging at any age, I believe, is therapeutic and fun.

To donate money or to find out more, go here.

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