Revisiting Hartung Park: Floating islands and so much more!
September 8, 2020 | Topics: Places
By Eddee Daniel
If you saw my pictures of Hartung Park’s floating islands when they were installed in September 2018, you may have wondered, as I did, what they would look like when the plantings on them had time to mature. Well, since it’s been two years it seemed like a good time to revisit and check them out again. I’m happy to report, as you can see in these new photos, that the islands are burgeoning with wildflower blossoms. As you may recall from my 2018 story, the islands were created and set afloat in order to help filter the water in the detention pond and create habitat for aquatic species.
Hartung pond is not only located on the Milwaukee/Wauwatosa boundary line, it also is jointly administered by the two cities. And while the islands are fascinating and beautiful enough to warrant a visit, the park has much more to offer, especially during the wildflower blooming season—a wealth of nature all in one place!
I invite you to enjoy my photo essay.
Addendum: I just learned that the Hartung Park Community Association is holding a 10-year anniversary celebration on Sept. 19 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in the park. Maybe I’ll see you there!
To learn more about the floating islands go to “Floating islands help rehabilitate Hartung Park.”
Eddee Daniel is Project Director of A Wealth of Nature, a project of Preserve Our Parks.