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Partnership with MMSD for Kletzsch Dam Fish Passage & Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC)

Milwaukee County has partnered with Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) to achieve Area of Concern goals related to the Kletzsch Dam Fish Passage Project. MMSD is working with contractor Inter-Fluve, Milwaukee County Parks, and WDNR to explore the community preference for east side fish passage. The project will:

  • Address required dam repairs
  • Improve in-river and riparian corridor habitat
  • Provide fish passage for native species within the Milwaukee Estuary AOC

If land can be acquired and the project challenges can be overcome, MMSD will take the lead on implementing fish passage design and construction, along with the dam repairs.

Milwaukee County will retain ownership of the dam and fishway and will be responsible for all future maintenance.

For updates on the Kletzsch Dam Fish Passage and other AOC projects connect with the Waterway Restoration Partnership. 

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Small Cell / Wireless Facilities

Milwaukee County Parks is reviewing proposals for small cell or wireless facilities. The streamlined application process allows the department to ensure limited negative impact to parklands. Use the links to see locations of project proposals that have been reviewed. Sites under review may include multiple options.

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Parks Small Cell Facility Guidlines

The guidelines document linked below details General Requirements, Aesthetics, Location, and Installation Type.

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Washington Park Drainage & Sports Field Improvements

Washington Park Drainage & Sports Field Improvements

In Summer 2020, the northeast corner of Washington Park was regraded and reseeded to address drainage issues and to improve the area for soccer fields or other field activities. The seven-acre area is the location of former baseball fields and is currently used for soccer. The majority of work on the project was completed in Fall 2020, but the area will remain out of service well into 2021 to allow the new turf to fully develop.

South Shore Beach Study

As part of continued upgrades to Shore Shore Park, all of which are designed to improve water quality, four design concepts to move the South Shore Beach were proposed. Consultants completed their report, construction drawings and specifications in 2019.

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View Project Update (12/02)

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- by 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 was completed in late 2019 with some minor landscape work carrying over to spring of 2020. In fall, vegetation was established, with measures taken to keep foot traffic off the site. Bridge work also was done within the project boundaries, and fencing remained in place until late 2020.

Lagoon dredging and channel stabilization began in November 2020, with the lagoon and area to the east fenced off until work is complete in summer. 

For the safety of the local residents and workers, access is restricted to most of the park during construction. Temporary traffic signs are in place as needed, and construction vehicles use city streets.

Access to the community room, splash pad, and basketball and tennis courts on the west side of the park will remain open during construction.




9480 W. Watertown Plank Road
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(414) 257-PARK (7275)

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