Monday, July 15, 2013

Work happening on the Milwaukee River Greenway

Many groups have been working since about 2010 to expand the riverfront trails along the Milwaukee river.  It's fast becoming a reality and you can see work happening now, with new trails potentially opening later this year.  You can take a virtual tour of the proposed greenway that is currently being made.  To view projects by parks/regions, you can go to the link at Milwaukee Greenway.  Most of these trails have existed for years, but this year some were under water.  Others are being moved off of private property.

A few months ago, I saw the new trees planted along the river on the Milwaukee River Parkway.  Then
I hiked a portion of this near the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center and saw the work that is happening near that park with the clearing of overgrowth.  It's exciting to see so many new trees being planted, as well as finding new trails.
Many new trees planted on Milwaukee River Parkway
There hasn't been a lot of information published about the ongoing work, but that doesn't mean it isn't happening.  You really just need to get out there and see it for yourself.  One thing that has upset many bicyclists, is that the new trails won't allow bikes.  This trail will be just for pedestrians.  It does run parallel to the Oak Leaf trail in many spots.  After seeing what the heavy rains did to erode the trail, I can't imagine it would be a good place for bikes at this time anyway.  I encourage you to go take a look!
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