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Proposal extends RiverWalk to Menomonee Valley

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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. Read more in the Valley Riverwalk Design Standards

Just like the Valley redevelopment, a precedent could not be identified to establish a riverwalk in a primarily industrial corridor. With the success of the current Milwaukee RiverWalk, recently named a top finalist for the Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, and the incredible revitalization of the Valley, a riverwalk extension is yet another transformative development with great potential to alter the fabric of the city for the benefit of the greater Milwaukee community.  

Plan Commission member Larri Jacquart praised plans to improve public access to the Menomonee River.
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