The Domes remained closed Monday, after Milwaukee County officials closed all three domes on Friday to protect visitors from potentially falling debris.
The following statement was issued Friday by Melissa Baldauff, director of communications for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele:
"A conversation with our independent engineering firm late (Friday) afternoon confirmed that, while aging and in need of repairs, the Domes are structurally sound. However, there are still concerns about falling debris, so in an abundance of caution for the safety of the public and our employees we have decided to close all three Domes for the weekend pending further study. We expect to have more detailed information from the engineering firm early next week and look forward to partnering with the County Board to implement an action plan that reflects the community’s wishes."
If you call The Domes, you currently will hear the following recording:
"Hello. The Mitchell Park Domes is closed pending further study. Please visit our website at countyparks.com. Thank you and have a great day."
The Arid Dome was closed Jan. 28 after fallen concrete was discovered.
In September, Milwaukee County planned to spend about $500,000 to "develop an overall repair strategy for the three aging domes," according to a Journal Sentinel report.
The county spent $200,000 in 2013 and 2014 to repair the deteriorated frame of the Tropical Dome.
The frame of each dome is made of steel-reinforced concrete supports, and concrete encases metal plates connecting the support.
According to the Journal Sentinel, The Domes were built in stages between 1959 and 1967.