Menomonee River Parkway Renewal

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Menomonee River Parkway Renewal Project, logo, cracked and missing piece of pavement, cars parked on lawn, sink hole, bicyclist, volunteer path, residential area 

Project Documents (below)

The Menomonee River Parkway was last reconstructed over 30 ago and is in poor condition. The Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Culture is planning to reconstruct 4.6 miles of parkway between Congress and Church Streets by the end of 2016, pending budget approval. 

The project presents a rare opportunity to RETHINK the function of the parkway and to RENEW its recreational significance.


Oct. 15, 2014 - In the three-and-a-half years I’ve been in office we’ve focused on improving our parks and infrastructure in Wauwatosa and across the County. One of the ways we’ve been able to do this is by partnering with others. As you’ll see below, the reconstruction of the Menomonee River Parkway is a successful example of what can be done when we collaborate and work together.
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Phase I
Phase I of the project is to study the current and future needs of the parkway and to develop conceptual design alternatives based on assessed need. The project team will evaluate designs for pedestrian access, bike and pedestrian safety, traffic flow, traffic calming, and aesthetics of the parkway. Design alternatives will incorporate best management practices to improve runoff water quality. Comments and suggestions received at the public information meeting, online, and by mail by December 6 will be taken into consideration as alternatives are developed.


Public Information Meeting, Nov. 20, 2013

Public Information Meetings/Public Input
More than 240 people attended the first Public Information Meeting for the Menomonee River Parkway Renewal project held at Mount Mary University on November 20. By the end of the comment period December 6, more than 200 written comments and surveys were submitted providing the planning team with great input to consider as they begin to develop design concepts and alternatives.
Clearly the parkway is important to many residents and park users, and we’d like to thank all who took the time to participate.


Stakeholders and people interested in the Menomonee River Parkway filled the house for a presentation of concepts being considered for Parkway's renewal. This second public information meeting, held at Mount Mary University February 12, provided the public an opportunity to review the alternatives being considered and provide feedback. The PowerPoint presentation is available below, along with a comment form. Comments will be taken through Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Watch this page for additional updates.


Menomonee River Parkway Renewal Project Documents
Context Map (PDF)
Public Information Meeting #1 Invitation
Public Information Meeting #1 Handout
Map #1: Congress Street to Burleigh Street
Map #2: Burleigh Street to North Avenue
Map #3: North Avenue to Church Street
Exhibit #1: Traffic Calming Tools
Exhibit #2: Stormwater Tools
Exhibit #3: Stormwater Tools
Exhibit #4: Bicycle Improvement Tools
Exhibit #5: Pedestrian & Planting Improvement Tools


Public Information Meeting #2, Feb. 12, 2014, Review of Design Concepts
PowerPoint Presentation (as pdf)
Meeting #2 Comment Form (fillable pdf) Comments must be received by Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 5 p.m.


Oct. 15, 2014
Project Update from County Executive Chris Abele



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