MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) Almost 600 people gathered in Milwaukee last night to insist that the government treat kids the same as pro-and-college athletes. Members of the group Common Ground overwhelmingly agreed to support public funding for a proposed new arena for the Bucks and Marquette -- but only if up to a quarter-billion dollars are budgeted for improved parks and play facilities in Milwaukee County.
If the park money is not set aside, the group says it will oppose the new arena to replace the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center.
A task force is looking at funding options. Bucks' owner Herb Kohl says he'll give a substantial but undetermined amount toward the new arena. Jennifer O'Hear of Common Ground's Fair Play campaign says kids also deserve better -- and they should have more of a say in how tax money is spent.
Common Ground is a coalition of churches, charities, and small businesses. It was formed a year ago after a survey showed that two-thirds of Milwaukee's athletic and recreation facilities were in fair-to-poor condition.