The path meanders alongside anglers enjoying the improved water quality and fish habitat, canoers and kayakers exploring the natural beauty around fast flowing water. You see school children taking water samples from the river and delighting in amphibian discoveries.
Increased public access has made the river once again a safe social and recreational gathering place. The natural corridor is home to the endangered Butler's garter snake, red fox and white tailed deer. Overhead a Cooper's hawk flies away with a humble vole.
The river unites a rich working past with an economic, recreational and sustainable present. Historical markers note former boathouses, tanneries, swimming pools and resorts. The river corridor is the backbone for our city's green infrastructure, a signature and irreplaceable emblem for Milwaukee's proud legacy of parklands.
We nurture this urban wilderness and its connection to our spirit. It is a magnificent place of beauty and refuge in the heart of the community.
From imagination to reality:
We can imagine the Milwaukee River remaining like this. To make it a reality will take planning and hard work.
The Milwaukee River Work Group is leading this effort.
To learn more about their work click here to link to their website: ProtectMilwaukeeRiver.org.
Click here to view the Milwaukee River Greenway image gallery.