Construction, Closures & Current Projects
Kletzsch Park River Access & Fish Passage Project
The Kletzsch Park improvements will expand critical ecological connections between the northern Milwaukee River and greater Milwaukee Estuary, improve public access to the Milwaukee River and perform vital repairs to the dam. The project includes:
- East abutment dam repairs
- Public river access, portage and overlook
- Fish passage
This project is a key to unlocking the health of our waterways. As well as improving water quality and habitats in the immediate area, the project provides an historic opportunity to secure federal funding from the EPA.
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Center Street Park Play Area
An anonymous donor has provided for the purchase and installation of a new play area at Center Street Park. Removal and demolition of the existing play area will occur in the middle of September, and installation is scheduled for Oct. 1. Additional site improvements include benches, asphalt renovation and a bike rack. Use of the play area will be restricted until the middle of October.
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.
Construction will take place in three stages to keep entry open to the marina boat-launching and parking areas 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, the 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-by-28 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, and basketball and tennis courts on the west side of the park will remain open during construction.
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.
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