Past Events

Take Me to the River Community Event

Wednesday, September 28th, 4:00 to 6:00 pm
At the green space at the end of East Greenfield Avenue, next to the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences (600 E Greenfield Ave).
For more information see the Facebook event page

Take Me to the River Community Event Flyer

The Take Me to the River project aims to work with residents near the Harbor District to design and build a new public space along the waterfront by the end of 2017.  We will be kicking off the project with a free community event on Wednesday, September 28th from 4 to 6 pm at the open space at the end of Greenfield Avenue.  The event will have free Purple Door Ice Cream, activities for families, and we’ll be looking for your thoughts on how we can turn that space into a fun and useful public space along the water.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend, so come share your ideas how to make this a great public space.

The Take Me to the River project is made possible through the support of the Bloomberg Award for Partners for Places – a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the Brico Fund, the Fund for Lake Michigan, the Brookby Foundation, and the Zilber Family Foundation.


Doors Open Milwaukee

Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th, 2016
All over Milwaukee, but see below to find Harbor District, Inc.

Historic Milwaukee’s Doors Open program is a two-day event held every September which invites the public to explore Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history. The sixth annual Doors Open Milwaukee event opened doors to over 150 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public –buildings that hold hidden treasures and special stories – from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities; all sites of historic, architectural, cultural, or commercial interest.  Harbor District, Inc. and a number of sites in the Harbor District participated in this year’s Doors Open event.

On Saturday, September 17th Harbor District, Inc. was at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences located at 600 E. Greenfield Ave.  Thank you to the more than 1,000 people who stopped by to learn more about Harbor District, Inc. and provided input on the future of the district.

On Sunday, September 18th Harbor District, Inc. was at the District 2 Milwaukee Police Department Station for their open house.

UWM Community Design & Development Forum

February 1, 2016
5:30 – 7:30 pm
88NINE Radio Milwaukee
220 E Pittsburgh Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204

On February 1st at 88NINE Radio Milwaukee the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) hosted a community forum focused on future development in the Harbor District and Walker’s Point.  There was a great turnout with a standing room only crowd. The evening kicked off with an introductory presentation by Jim Wasley and Carolyn Esswein from UWM SARUP.  The panel discussion, moderated  by Carolyn Esswein, involved a conversation with the panelists below:

  • Joaquin Altoro, Town Bank
  • Gary Ballesteros, Rockwell Automation
  • Lilith Fowler, Harbor District Inc.
  • Ivan Gamboa, Tri City National Bank
  • Dan Katt, Craft Development
  • Juli Kaufman, Fix Development
  • Rocky Marcoux, City of Milwaukee Department of City Development

Throughout the evening the audience was asked to respond to questions using clickers provided by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.  Audience questions allowed everyone in the room to provide some feedback on the conversation taking place on stage.  The questions and audiences responses can be found here.

The event was sponsored by Mandel Group Inc and was the second forum in a series being hosted by UWM SARUP.

(left to right) Carolyn Esswein, Dan Katt, Joaquin Altoro, Rocky Marcoux, Gary Ballesteros, Juli Kaufman, Ivan Gamboa, and Lilith Fowler

Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette

October 22 & 23, 2015
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences

In the fall of 2015 the Harbor District Initiative hosted a two day design charrette with the goal of envisioning how a waterfront long dedicated to heavy industrial use could accommodate additional uses such as public access, restored natural habitat, or mixed-use urban development alongside port activities.  After a competitive application process, four teams were chosen to participate in the Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette.  Over two days in October 2015, the teams developed their concepts while stakeholders from the Milwaukee community provided ideas and feedback.

For more information and reports from the charrette, please see our Waterfront Innovations Design Charrette page.


Eventos Pasados

Llévame al Río Evento Communitario

Miércoles, 28 de Septiembre, 4:00 a 6:00 pm
En el espacio verde al final de la Avenida Greenfield, al lado del UWM School of Freshwater Sciences (600 E Greenfield Ave).
Para mas información visita a la página del evento en Facebook

Volante Llévame al Río

El proyecto Llévame al Río tiene como objetivo trabajar con los residentes cerca del Distrito del Puerto para diseñar y construir un nuevo espacio público a lo largo de la línea de costa a finales de 2017. Estaremos iniciando el proyecto con un evento gratis para la comunidad en miércoles el 28 de septiembre del 4 al 6 de la tarde en el espacio verde al final de la Avenida Greenfield. El evento tendrá helado gratis de Purple Door, actividades para la familia, y estaremos en busca de sus ideas sobre cómo podemos convertir ese espacio en un espacio divertido y útil para el público a lo largo del agua.  Todos son bienvenidos a asistir, así que venga compartir sus ideas de cómo hacer de este un gran espacio público.

El proyecto Llévame al Río proyecto ha sido posible gracias al apoyo del Bloomberg Award for Partners for Places – a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the Brico Fund, the Fund for Lake Michigan, the Brookby Foundation, y el Zilber Family Foundation.