Common Ground has committed to raise $500,000 for the revitalization of Washington High School’s outdoor sports facilities. Fundraising efforts are underway now. Donations are requested from Sherman Park businesses, residents, community leaders – and Common Ground members. A trust account has been opened at Educators Credit Union where funds specifically for the WHS revitalization will be deposited.
Washington High School is one of the oldest schools in Milwaukee with a number of well-known graduates, including Gene Wilder, Herb Kohl and Bud Selig. Located in Sherman Park, the outdoor sports facilities have become a community hub that thousands of students, community members and neighbors of all ages use as a place to play and stay healthy. Or they used to. Repeated budget cuts have allowed these facilities to deteriorate dramatically. Now, the facilities often can’t be used by either students or the community. For example:
- Track and field athletes lose an hour of practice every day because they need to travel to better facilities.
- Girls soccer practice is often canceled because the field is flooded.
- The outdoor basketball equipment, used by students and the local community, hasn’t been replaced in years.
Common Ground is committed to restoring these facilities. Upgrading the track, the field and the basketball courts will allow student athletes to play and practice at their own school. It will improve public safety and provide a multi-generational recreation space for thousands of Sherman Park residents. It will make Sherman Park a better place to live. To make a personal donation to the Washington High School revitalization fund, CLICK HERE.
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