Jeramey Jannene

Kinnickinnic River Trail

By - Jan 6th, 2008 02:42 am
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Kinnickinnic River Spillway
Originally uploaded by Retinal Fetish

Julie Lawrence at drew my attention to this excellent community development taking place along the Kinnickinnic River on the south side of urban Milwaukee, the Kinnickinnic River Trail. The trail is in the early stages of development and will have a southern terminus at the river and 6th Street (near its intersection with Cleveland St) and at Water St and 1st Street on the northern end.

The trail, while still in its infancy, will hopefully include a restoration of the river to a more natural state with the removal of the concrete channeling.

Like many other developments occurring in Milwaukee (the Riverwalk, Menomonee Valley restoration, and the Beerline neighborhood come to mind), the KK River Trail is just one of many ways in which Milwaukee is learning to embrace its natural assets. The developments are all the more special because they’re actual functional ways to move around the city without a car, which is due in large part to the dense development surrounding the rivers.

Groundwork Milwaukee has provided a PDF with all you could ever want to know about what was discussed in planning for the trail.

I’ll try to learn more over the next few days as to what the actual status of the trail is (it’s a little bit hard to figure out with the information online).

I took the map out of the PDF and put it online as a JPG image in case you wanted to see the proposed route.


4 thoughts on “Kinnickinnic River Trail”

  1. Walson P says:

    Do you think it’s bike accessible? Like, can it serve as a bike commuting corridor?

  2. admin says:

    Walson P,

    Yes, that’s the primary focus from everything I gathered. I clearly didn’t convey that well enough in my article.


  3. Matt says:

    I’d much rather have a bike path on the Hoan bridge, or maybe even a marsupial bridge for bike and pedestrian traffic underneath the Hoan. That would be a much more direct connection to downtown. You can already bike along the streets in bayview and walker’s point to get to downtown, a bike path there won’t change much IMO.

  4. briank says:

    FYI: Your link to the JPG map isn’t working for me.

    I cannot wait for this to be completed.

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