Task Force discusses progress of Mitchell Park Domes

All three domes were closed for repair
Posted at 10:16 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 23:31:34-04

MILWAUKEE -- The future of the Mitchell Park Domes was discussed at the first meeting of a newly formed task force Wednesday evening.

The task force includes members of local community organizations and the Milwaukee County Director of Parks and Recreation.

All three domes were closed for repair over fears of falling concrete. The Desert Dome is the last to reopen, that is expected to happen in November. 

New wire mesh netting is preventing the concrete from falling, and it came at a cost.

"About $600,000 to $800,000, and we're still paying the bills right now," said John Dargle, Milwaukee County's Director of Parks and Recreation.

Another concern raised by leaders is leaking water.

Leaders with The Domes warned the task force that in about five years, The Domes will leak water so badly that horticulturalists worry it will ruin the plants growing inside the beloved facility.

The new task force is being urged to gather as much information that they can from the public, and for everyone in the county to make a final decision on The Domes' future in the next three to five years.