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South Milwaukee: comprehensive plan report

Synthesis,   pp. 42-45

Page 42

The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to so put together all
of the varied elements and components that make up the city and to
creatively integrate these components into a better working organism
in the attempt to solve the basic problems of the community and take
maximum advantage of the potential available in order to satisfy the
desired objectives of the city.
In the broad categories, in the earlier parts of this report, many
of the basic components are discussed and potentials are suggested.
The inter-action between these components and the way in which they
function, each affecting the other, is precisely the "problem" that the
plan attempts to solve in its entirety.
From a natural resources point of view, South Milwaukee is fortu-
nate in having within its boundaries the Oak Creek Parkway, Grant Park
and the Lake. These features now take advantage of Oak Creek, as
it meanders through the city, and the Park and lake front provide many
recreation facilities for all of the citizens, from swimming to golf to
tennis to picnicking to baseball, etc. not to mention the pleasantness
provided those residences whose homes overlook these areas of natural
verdure and water. Because the total area of existing Parks and play-
grounds amounts to approximately 20%  of the total area of South Mil-
waukee, no additional park land is suggested in the comprehensive
plan, but it is urged that continued development take place within the
already existing parklands for development of game areas, playground
equipment, etc. for use by young and old alike.
The other major natural feature that needs solution in the plan
is that portion of the lakefront shoreline south of Grant Park, from the
mouth of Oak Creek to the south city limits. At present this is a rough,
eroding, almost unused clay bank. Confused and incompatible land
usage along this part of the shoreline has left it in a weak state of
partial development. In the search for all possible diversification of
the industrial potential of the city, it was considered that the city would
be best served by utilizing that portion of the lake front now zoned for
industry as the logical placement of harbor and dock facilities principally
for ship repair and chandlering. In this way more than half of the
Oroblems of the shoreline would be cared for and utilized in a productive                 42

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