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Washington Park is named for the 124-acre Washington Park, built in 1891. The park was designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, who also built Milwaukee’s Lake Park and Central Park in New York City. Washington Park was originally the home of the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Washington Park boasts an eclectic mix of architectural styles, people and cultures. Neighborhood homes range from grand brick Victorian mansions to cottages and simple frame homes. Early residents were primarily European, but today the neighborhood represents a diverse mix of cultures from African American, Hmong, and Latino backgrounds.
Today, the park and neighborhood are the focus of revitalization efforts. In 2007, Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center opened a branch in the park to rejuvenate the historic green space. A coalition of residents and business owners, called The Washington Park Partners, is spearheading comprehensive neighborhood revitalization efforts to ensure Washington Park remains a vibrant, healthy and thriving community.
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