CREATED Aug. 5, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 5, 2013
MILWAUKEE - "The park at one time was very well kept, there was ice skating, swimming pools, my kids grew up here."
Those words from Royletta Ashley describe the glory days of Clinton Rose Park. The park is a neighborhood fixture and has been around since 1921. But over the years, Ashley has witnessed a decay, and she calls that a huge disappointment.
"Taxes go up services go down," she says. So Ashley complained to Milwaukee County Supervisor Willie Johnson Jr.
Supervisor Johnson says, "One of the things that wasn't being done, and my legislative assistant Fanny Smith thought could happen, was a beautification project. We couldn't get it budgeted so we decided to take some money out of my office account and go toward a a beautification project."
Now Clinton Rose Park is in the middle of a summer-long fix up project. It's a joint effort between volunteers and several local agencies.
Guy Smith, Chief Operating Officer of the Milwaukee County Parks notes, "What's great about this beautification project is it's a collaboration of a lot of people. UW-Extension, County Board Supervisors Office, volunteers, seniors, youth. It all comes together."
Clinton Rose Park is home to a softball diamond, playground, basketball courts, wading pool and senior center. It attracts people of all ages. Now Royletta is looking forward to the finishing touches, and seeing Clinton Rose Park once again become a source of pride for Milwaukee.