Milwaukee’s great icon, the Mitchell Park Domes, is undergoing restoration work this summer to enhance the facility with a new lighting initiative, a new lobby roof and ceiling and Domes glass replacement. The Domes will close on June 23rd through late September in order to accomplish these extensive projects.
The new lighting system, LED designed and energy efficient, will accomplish several things for the facility. It will provide a more defined and better-lit entrance and it will enhance these unique structures to give them an overall nighttime presence for visitors by adding dramatic highlights for evening special events and public rentals. In short, this project will put the Domes on the map and light up our Milwaukee skyline!
The initiative will also incorporate improved landscaping accents; lobby ceiling and wall light enhancements and add to the existing path illumination. The halo lights will once again be installed at the top of each Dome, which had been part of the original design by the architect, Donald Grieb, when the Domes were built over 40 years ago.
In addition, a stage will be installed within the Show Dome to allow a better performance venue for musicians and other entertainment. All of these additions will help sustain and support a new vision for the Domes and the value it brings to the County Parks Department and the over 200,000 visitors it brings in a year.
Please support this wonderful botanical conservatory and stop by to take in our spring show, Appalachian Springtime, before the doors close June 23. The lilies and tulips all remind us of the wonderful season that is just around the corner. Spring has always been a sign of hope and for the Domes, especially this year, a sign of great things to come.
See you at the Domes!