The Milwaukee Avenue Mini Golf Course is a one day event that will transform a series of public parking spaces on Milwaukee Avenue [from Kimball to Central Park] into a 9 hole mini golf course for one day; Friday September 21st, 2012.
We have been working in partnership with Alderman Colon for the past year to rezone the above section of Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square/Avondale to allow for live/work artist storefronts and thus create a vibrate arts corridor over time in an area that is experiencing serial vacancy. In order to draw attention to the new zoning change, the potential of the new space to the community and building owners, we are proposing a one day activation of public space along this commercial strip.
Each course hole would be designed by an invited local artist, creative business or individual with the funds going to cover material costs. The course hole would be located in front of a particular vacant storefront that has been rezoned.
The date corresponds with PARK(ing) Day, an annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The mission of PARK(ing) Day dovetails with the goals of Alderman Colon and the newly rezoned art spaces of generating critical debate around how public space is created and allocated and to improve the quality of the urban infrastructure at all scales.
Funded by Chicago, IL (August 2012)