Environment
3:51 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Milwaukee's Newest: Three Bridges Park

The name Three Bridges Park has been selected for the new park that will open on July 30, in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.  Nearly 800 names were suggested.

New green spaces in the industrial Menomonee Valley.
New green spaces in the industrial Menomonee Valley.
Credit Susan Bence

The 24-acre green space is located east of Miller Park, beneath the 27th and 35th Street viaducts, on the southern bank of the Menomonee River. A rail yard used to occupy the site. The selection committee picked Three Bridges Park as the name, because three bridges will serve as entrances to the park.

Three Bridges Park will feature:

-- hiking trails

-- access to fishing and canoeing on the Menomonee River

-- community gardens

-- bike and pedestrian bridges, some linking to the Mitchell Park Domes

-- an outdoor science classroom

-- part of the Hank Aaron State Trail

The City of Milwaukee and state will own the park.

It is the last major component of the From the Ground Up program. It has been a $25 million effort to rehabilitate the Menomonee Valley, after decades of decay. Among the players: Urban Ecology Center, Menomonee Valley Partners, the City of Milwaukee and state DNR.