Couples lock in their love at Grant Park Beach

Love Locks are up at Grant Park Beach in South Milwaukee.

A love lock is a physical lock that couples write their names and special dates on.

Then the lock is placed on a bridge or fence or tree as a public declaration of love. The Grant Park locks are similar to the more commonly known Love Lock Bridge in Paris. 

However, reports from various news outlets find that the weight from so many locks actually caused damage to the bridges.  

But there aren't that many locks on the park's gates, so there's no need to remove them, for now. Park visitors like Cassandra Franqui are big fans of the nod to Paris and the idea. 

"I think they should be kept. It's a symbol of love for a lot of people. So if anything they should stabilize the bridge a little bit more so that the love last longer," said Franqui. 

Lovebirds Dale Leschke and Judy Ebert say these locks are a beautiful addition to one of their favorite beaches.

"Everytime we come up there we go look at them and there's different ones up there we turn them over and try to find, or figure out if we know any of the people," said Leschke. 

"I truly believe it locks your hearts together when you do that," said Ebert. 

South Milwaukee city officials who spoke with TODAY'S TMJ4 say these locks send a unique and positive message about love. 

"I love the idea of 'love locks,' and plan to add one of my own soon, celebrating 19 years of marriage to my sweetheart. What a great way to make a personal connection at a local attraction like Grant Park. There are so many good things happening at Grant Park Beach these days, and I'm glad to add this to the list." said Mayor Eric Brooks 

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