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Delay of Game

An analysis of repair and replacement needs for Milwaukee County’s parks, recreational facilities, and cultural institutions

September 2018

Our analysis of Milwaukee County-owned parks, recreational, and cultural infrastructure finds a daunting backlog of repair and replacement needs. While the larger cultural institutions have made progress by securing private donations or moving toward greater independence, these paths do not appear to be viable options for parks and the smallest cultural institutions.

Key findings:


Local Government Infrastructure Series

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