Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Swing Park has an Address Now

The weather has been unseasonably warm so far this month, which maybe isn't a bad thing.  It just means that we haven't had a chance to do the traditional things we'd be doing in January like playing in snow.  Still, there's plenty to do. We've been making our way through my list of 100 things to do in Milwaukee this winter, which brought us to the Swing Park this week.

I was happy to see the city has posted an official address sign for the swing park now.  We used to have to describe it as "under the Holton Street Bridge" or "across from Trocadero".  Maybe you've heard now that Trocadero has closed its doors, which could have added to the confusion. Now you can officially find it at 1737 N. Water Street. Using Google, it shows up at the appropriate location. It was added to TripAdvisor. There's an unofficial page at Facebook. Guess the secret is out.  Have you been there yet?

This is a great place to visit in all kinds of weather.  Since it's covered, you won't get rained or snowed on.  The benches light up at night, so it's a fun park to visit after you've been out on the town. The swings are sturdy enough for any adult and you can get some major air with the right amount of pushing/pumping. The sand under your feet will maybe help you imagine you're on a beach somewhere.

It's kind of noisy at the moment, due to construction on a new building next door. And the portable toilet that was there in summer has been removed, as well as the baby swings next to it.  Not sure if they are coming back once construction is finished.  Stay tuned.
These benches light up at night

Not a lot of swings, but they are sturdy

An accessible swing on rubber matting
Parking is no longer available in the lot next door, but there are a few spots on the street near the bridge.  Alternatively, you can park across the bridge by Lakefront Brewing on Commerce St., and walk over the to swings.  There's always a nice view of the everchanging Milwaukee river scenery from here. Seems like new buildings are going up every year.  
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