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RESILIENCE RESEARCH CENTER

The Resilience Research Center, 501 E. Badger Road, Madison (53713) is a community-inspired collaboration led by the Center for Resilient Cities. Phase 1 of the Resilience Research Center, completed in August 2012, brings together:

  1. the Resilience Neighborhood Center, serving as a vibrant hub for community events and gatherings and enriching programming for all ages.

  2. the public charter Badger Rock Middle School, which features a sustainability-focused and urban agriculture-integrated curriculum.

  3. the Madison operations of internationally acclaimed Growing Power, led by MacArthur “genius” Will Allen and Madison farmer Robert Pierce.

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MADISON CENTRAL PARK

Working with community leaders and citizens, the Center for Resilient Cities developed a plan to transform a former industrial site in Madison, Wisconsin into a mixed-use, commercial, residential and recreation  hub.

The Central Park project has already inspired reinvestment in the area, spurring the construction of new mixed-income residences along the south side of the park (Visit http://www.parkcentralapts.net/ for details).

The Center for Resilient Cities continues to support the Central Park project, advocating for community members to lend their support to the project.

For meeting dates and minutes, visit Central Park Design & Implementation Task Force.

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TROY GARDENS

In 1995, a team of neighborhood leaders and nonprofit organizations joined together to save Troy Gardens from private development. The Center for Resilient Cities was part of the planning effort, and from 2002 to 2004, we worked with volunteers to restore the Troy Gardens Natural Areas.

The Center for Resilient Cities continues to hold a conservation easement on the land, forever protecting a restored prairie and woodland from future development. We also support Community GroundWorks, a nonprofit that manages Troy Gardens.

Troy Gardens has become a regional resource for food and affordable housing that serves the economic needs of a large Hmong population. It’s a natural haven for residents and visitors who enjoy community gardens, scenic views, long walks, and wildlife. Troy is also home to many educational programs and special events.

For the latest news, visit Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens.

JOHNSONS PARK INITIATIVE

Long-standing green space inequities – in both the quantity and quality of parkland – are an environmental justice issue in many central city Milwaukee neighborhoods, including Johnsons Park.

Right now, Johnsons Park houses an overgrown baseball diamond and a playground that floods regularly. Safety is a primary concern.

The Fond du Lac and North Avenue neighborhood surrounding the park has less than 1.5 percent of parkland, compared to a countywide average of greater than 10 percent. The community is characterized by a large number of city-owned, tax-delinquent, vacant properties that make up 16 percent of the total land area. Residents live with diminished air, water, and soil quality; uninviting schoolyards; harsh streetscapes lacking trees; and poorly maintained public infrastructure.

The Johnsons Park initiative will remedy this environmental injustice by creating a network of high-quality public spaces:  Alice’s Garden, Brown Street Academy Schoolyard, and Johnsons Park.  Learn more +

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