Madison, WI (February 21, 2006)- The Urban Open Space Foundation is a private not-for-profit 501c3 corporation, dedicated to enhancing the ecological, social, and economic quality of Wisconsin’s urban neighborhoods by helping to transform unused, underused and blighted spaces into vibrant public places. They build the capacity of urban communities to create and preserve green infrastructure networks that improve the natural environment, citizen health, and economic opportunities. They do this through consultation, coalition development, research, education, and project management.
Urban Open Space Foundation is the only statewide organization in Wisconsin primarily addressing the distinctive challenges and possibilities presented by open spaces in urban and urbanizing areas.
Since 1996, the Urban Open Space Foundation has:
* Created green infrastructure plans for nearly 1,500 acres in Wisconsin’s cities
* Helped protect or restore more than 300 downtown acres in the greater Milwaukee and Madison regions
* Spearheaded a public financing referendum that set aside $30 million for open space acquisition in Dane County
* Established several “friends” groups that provide ongoing stewardship for open spaces in their neighborhoods
* Created and staffed the Community Open Space Partnership: a coalition of nearly 50 Wisconsin agencies dedicated to educating communities about green infrastructure strategies and benefits on the statewide level
For more information, visit Urban Open Space Foundation.