Construction, Closures & Current Projects
McKinley Marina Upgrade
Upgrades to McKinley Marina are scheduled to take place from August - November 2019.
The project will include a new entry and marina drive configuration with dedicated turn lanes onto Lincoln Memorial Drive, reconstructed parking lots, new walkways, enhanced stormwater management through the use of permeable pavers and bio-infiltration basins, installation of new lighting, trees and native landscaping and upgrades to gas and electrical utilities.
The project will be constructed in three stages to allow entry into the marina boat launching and parking areas to remain open during the project. One entry lane and one exit lane will remain in place throughout the project. However, parking capacity will be diminished over the course of the project.
This phase of the project will not impact the existing boat launches and piers, boat trailer parking, fish cleaning facility or dry boat storage; those elements will be part of future phases of construction. The 2019 – 2020 construction is Phase 1 of a planned three phase project to fully upgrade the marina facility.
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Dineen Park Upgrades
The Dineen Park Stormwater Detention and Park Improvements Project, led by the City of Milwaukee, consists of a 7-acre stormwater pond, improved walking paths, a new community playground, a 16 x 28 foot picnic shelter, a reconstructed 350 foot baseball field, a redesigned 18-hole disc golf course, improved fishing overlook, updated pedestrian lighting, and native plantings and new trees throughout the park.
The majority of the project is scheduled to be complete in November 2019 with some minor landscape work carrying over to spring of 2020. For the safety of the local residents and workers, access will be restricted to most of the park during construction. Temporary traffic signs will be in place when needed and construction vehicles will use city streets.
Access to the community room, splash pad, basketball and tennis courts on the west side of the park will remain open during construction.
Kletzsch Park Dam Upgrades
The Kletzsch Park Dam Project is a joint project between Milwaukee County Parks, Wisconsin DNR and Great Lakes Restoration to help improve overall river health, expand spawning areas for native fish and to protect the area from erosion due to foot traffic.
The project information included here was prepared for our Jan. 9, 2019 Public Information Meeting and for the frequently-asked-questions document we released in April 2019. As of July 2019, we continue to study options for the design and location of a fish passage at the Kletzsch Park dam. We will update the website – including the timeline, revised designs and dates for a planned fall 2019 Public Information Meeting – as soon as we have information to share.
Renovations will inlcude:
- A 350-foot-long, rock-filled fish passage that will let native fish move past the dam
- An overlook in front of the waterfall
- A fishing platform along the shoreline
- Spots above and below the dam that will let people using kayaks and canoes portage around the structure
- The removal of some trees to accommodate viewing areas and other amenities. In their place, trees, shrubs and native grasses will be planted
View Proposed Designs
View Proposed Timeline & Budget
View Proposed Illustrations
Pulaski Park Project
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has begun work on a project to revitalize the Kinnickinnic River through Pulaski Park. The project will remove the concrete river bank and widen the channel. A new children's playground and a futsal court will be added as part of the project.
South Shore Beach Study
As part of continued updates to Shore Shore Park, all of which are designed to improve water quality, four design concepts to move the South Shore Beach have been proposed. Consultants will complete their report and will complete construction drawings and specifications in 2019.
View Proposed Designs
Cathedral Square Park Playground
Cathedral Square Park playground is one of the only playgrounds in downtown Milwaukee and was the oldest playground in the County Parks system. A new playground was installed in spring 2019 and opened on July 1.
Features include an integrated play structure for smaller kids age 2 – 5; two stand-alone play pieces geared towards older kids age 5 – 12; stand-alone musical instrument pieces that all kids can interact with; a four-seat swing set with two belt seats and two tot seats; four new benches around the play area, poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing and under-ground drainage system.