HDI launched our “Take me to the River” to create new community connections – both programmatic and physical – to the Harbor District waterfront, and to focus on getting things done quickly to create an “early win” for the area. We received support of ECO City of Milwaukee, and funding from a Bloomberg Award for Partners for Places – a Project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, as well as grants from the Fund for Lake Michigan, Brico Fund, Brookby Foundation, Zilber Family Foundation, and Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust.
The project team quickly zeroed in on creating a public plaza at the end of Greenfield Avenue. A design competition yielded a winning design – the “Slosh Park”. We initially planned to construct the first phase in summer 2017, but have now set our sights a bit higher: while there will be no construction in 2017, we intend to build the entire park in 2018. Visit the Slosh Park page for details.
In addition to planned park construction, this project has built a variety of other community connections: