In July 2017, Milwaukee’s Common Council approved proposals for a design overlay and design standards to extend the Milwaukee RiverWalk along the Menomonee River in the Valley, a major recommendation and catalytic project outlined in the Valley 2.0 Plan. The riverwalk would begin at the existing segment in the Third Ward where the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers meet and extend about two miles west to Three Bridges Park.
Not only will the extension allow public access to the river, but it will help to attract more food-and-beverage businesses with back-end manufacturing and front-end retail/tourism, similar to Palermo’s Pizza and the craft brewery City Lights Brewing Co. The Common Council approval was the final approval needed for MVP to begin fundraising to create designs and determine a financing scheme.
The Menomonee Valley Riverwalk Overlay uses this zoning designation to "bookmark" the rivers edge along the Menomonee River for a future Valley Riverwalk as redevelopment occurs.
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After receiving more than a dozen strong proposals to design the Menomonee RiverWalk Design Standards, the Valley RiverWalk committee selected a team comprised of HGA and The Sigma Group to lead the first big step in the RiverWalk extension.
The standards will result in an overall aesthetic with accompanying features that include lighting, railings, landscaping, and wayfinding.
Join us for a public open house on Tuesday, November 13 where you can provide input on the Menomonee River’s next exciting chapter!
If you can’t make it to the public open house, you can still share your thoughts and feedback below.
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This form will be open for public comment until Tuesday, November 20. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this exciting chapter of the Menomonee River!
HGA’s most recent work in the Valley was during the Menomonee Valley Design Charette, where the firm developed renderings for the Kneeland Properties, a 9.8-acre riverfront parcel on the Valley’s east end.
Thank you to the City of Milwaukee, the Fund for Lake Michigan, the Herzfeld Foundation, and the Menomonee Valley Business Improvement District for funding this valuable planning effort.