A used park is a safe park

Edgar Mendez of Milwaukee’s Neighborhood News Service has a nice story up about the Urban Ecology Center‘s role in creating safe environments where city kids to play and explore nature. As mentioned in the article, my prior analysis of crime data supports the anecdotal evidence that parks where UEC has started or expanded its programming have indeed become much safer.

And –as a personal aside– let me also say that these parks are no doubt much more enjoyable because of the Urban Ecology Center. This past Winter, my family and I got to ski through the industrial heart of Milwaukee at Three Bridges Park thanks to equipment we checked-out from the UEC. It’s quite something to ski past the 100-year-old FALK manufacturing company and take in a spectacular view of downtown . . . all the while hoping that you have not disturbed newly planted native species!

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