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.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.