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Volume 3 • Issue 6

June 2006

Memorial Day aftermath By Michael Timm


chocolate Lab snatching a Frisbee in midair. A picnic blanket speckled with crumbs. A grill sizzling with marinated chicken and pork. A sixmonth-old child squinting in the afternoon sun and a young mother surveying her children as they fly through the plastic playground. These are snapshots of a pleasant June day in Bay View’s South Shore Park, not quite one week after that peace was shattered when a man shot five people and killed two when the park was crowded with people on Memorial Day.

So, who’s in the park, what do they think, and what are they doing? Saturday Snapshots Cindy Wasrud, her daughter Sarah, and her friend Lamya Selenica, come from 71st and North Avenue in Wauwatosa to South Shore Park. Wasrud has been coming to the park since she was a little kid. She used to live by Groppi’s. The Saturday following Memorial Day, the three had set up a picnic blanket on the

The traumatic shooting generated fear and a response from politicians, the media, and local communities. “I want the residents of this neighborhood to know that this violent event was an isolated and domestic event. It is completely out of the norm, which is why I share the same shock and concern as all of you,” said District 4 County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic at her press conference inside the South Shore Park Pavilion as a thunderstorm approached May 30.

Memorial placed at foot of tree near scene of May 29 violence in South Shore Park. ~ photo Michael Timm

The Amundson family comes from Oak Creek to ~ photo Michael Timm South Shore Park.

hill overlooking the lake, sharing salad and zatar, a sesame seed recipe from Selenica’s native Israel. “I used to feel so safe but it doesn’t feel as safe anymore, but that’s life,” Wasrud said. But her outlook is positive. “Is something going to happen if we go there? The chances of that happening at the park are not that great. Let’s go have fun, enjoy life.” Her daughter takes a slightly more pessimistic view.

Louis snatches a colorful projectile in midair. ~ photo Michael Timm

And while most users and residents say they feel safe in the park, the violent episode remains a tender wound tethered to a whole host of societal issues—gun control, immigration, trust in law enforcement, efficacy of local government, family cohesion, and a disconnect between different ethnic communities.

It’s just Milwaukee, she said. “It’s got a reputation for gangs and crime and stuff and shooting.” Her advice: “Just don’t come here on Memorial Day or when there are big crowds.” More law enforcement when the parks are crowded would be a good idea, they said, but not when it’s quiet. “When there’s a lot more people there’s a lot more trouble,” said Sarah Wasrud. “People act different in crowds.”

Laura Morgan moved from the East Side to a condo at Allis Street and Kinnickinnic Avenue two years ago. She likes living in Bay View, and coming down to South Shore Park with her chocolate Lab, Louis, is a personal ritual—especially in the summer. “We were actually at the park [Memorial Day]. Then we went home and saw it on

“I always felt safe here. After the shooting it was kind of weird the next day, looking over your shoulder, checking things out, more aware of your surroundings.” SEE PAGE 11

Residents are art critics at South Shore Park


ver 50 residents turned out June 8 to view and comment on what five artist finalists had proposed for a public art project for South Shore Park at the public open house in the South Shore Park Pavilion. The options included stone edging sculptures, interactive children’s instrument sculptures, a large metal sculpture to be placed on a jetty, twin ~ photo Michael Timm metal conical sculptures with lighting combined with a bike trail sundial, for funding June 13. Feedback from resiand metal sails marking off the bike trail or a dents who submitted written comments line of stone monoliths. at the June 8 open house was to be factored into the committee’s decision. The project comes from the Percent for Art program, taking 1 percent of funds for The committee’s recommendation certain county construction projects and goes next to the county’s Public Art dedicating them for the installation of committee, then to the Parks and Enpublic art. The selected proposal will have ergy committee, then to the County a project budget of $110,000, in this case Board, and ultimately to the County with funds coming from the county’s projExecutive, said District 4 County Suect to shore up South Shore Park. pervisor Marina Dimitrijevic, with a possible approval as early as September. The 12-member selection committee interviewed the artists and made their final At press time the decision had not decision on which proposal to recommend yet been made.


Four sheriff’s deputies ride into South Shore Park on horseback June 3. ~ photo Michael Timm

the news. I work in the inner city and kind of expect it where I work, but not around here,” Morgan said.

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