%page_break%MILWAUKEE -- Hundreds packed a public hearing Wednesday night to give their emotional testimony on the future of the Mitchell Park Domes.
"It would be a terrible disgrace to lose these today," said one person testifying.
"I am a voice in favor of keeping The Domes," said another.
All three of The Domes shut down earlier this month because of falling concrete.
County Executive Chris Abele is hoping the county board will approve a five to fifteen year fix that would involve wrapping the crumbling concrete with a wire mesh.
County Board Chair Theodore Lipscomb interrupted Abele's community relations director, speaking on his behalf at the public meeting. Abele was at another event for the Boy's & Girls Club.
"Hundreds of people have shown up tonight and one of the things they wanted was to hear from the County Executive about this vision his commitment," said County Board Chair Theodore Lipscomb.
The hope is to move forward on opening the Show Dome with a temporary fix by May 1, with $500,000 already allocated to The Domes.
The County Board would need to approve another $500,000 in funding to fix the Tropical and Desert Domes.