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Plans Proceed to Enhance Lakefront

An internationally unique visitors center announced for Lakeshore State Park. And the Lakefront Gateway Project proceeds.

By - Apr 29th, 2015 11:32 am
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An internationally unique visitors center announced for Lakeshore State Park. And the Lakefront Gateway Project proceeds. Back to the full article.

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12 thoughts on “Plats and Parcels: Plans Proceed to Enhance Lakefront”

  1. Ariel Steuer says:

    Here is current information regarding Living Buildings: http://living-future.org/living-building-challenge-faq There are currently 5 (not three) buildings in the world that are Certified, and over 200 registered with 190 being in some form of design, construction or operation. Achieving a fully certified Living Building would definitely be another feather in Milwaukee’s hat.

  2. Dave Reid says:

    @Ariel. Thanks I have updated it to 5., and changed the link.

  3. mbradleyc says:

    Good stuff Dave, thanks! I do have two questions:

    1. Along with the visitor center, the original plans for the park included an observation tower or platform of some sort. Any hopes for that happening?

    2. I can’t figure out what the secondary structure is. The ground level drawings make it look like a sort of awning in a little paved area that doesn’t seem to have a purpose, but the overhead drawing makes it look like a little amphitheater with seats. What is it?

    Thanks again. See you around!

  4. Ethan Bartos says:

    In response to the 2 questions:

    1. An observation tower is not in the mix this time around. It’s a fun idea though!

    2. The secondary structure is a solar panel array that helps define and shade a good portion of a plaza. The plaza is to the west of the visitor center and can act as an amphitheater as well as a general gathering space. A stone fireplace anchors one end and a berm to the north shelters the plaza from direct winds and provides additional viewing area for larger events.

    – the design team

  5. Patty PT says:

    I’d love to see an occasional camping opportunity at the State Park, once the facilities are done. It would be such a cool experience to have a once or twice a year Urban Campout.

  6. BPI says:

    That park is absolutely PERFECT the way it is, one of the coolest spots in the entire city. I can see why there were plans to initially build a visitor’s center there, but since it didn’t get built, the “friends” should consider that a stroke of luck and put those plans to rest. There is not a lot of room there, and filling up a chunk of it with a visitor’s center would ruin what makes that spot truly special.

    Why would anyone think to put a “viewing platform” there? The view is absolutely magnificent as is.

  7. This boggles the mind.

    A building in that fantastic space?


  8. Dave Reid says:

    @Tom Education, better maintain and monitor the park, facilities for boater and park users. Better ability to support events (I think all of this is in the story)… And I’ll note that fantastic space was designed with a building in mind from day one.

  9. I know that is what they say….

    but as it is … it’s one of the great S P A C E S in Milwaukee.

    It’s a suburban thing to think you have to fill every space.

  10. Tim says:

    Tom, the suburban thing doesn’t even make sense… reaching & failing…

    The building looks nice & will provide a great function to the whole area. Sometimes the most beautiful things inspire because they work well, not because they are shiny… it’s nice we’ll have both.

  11. BPI says:

    No one would dispute that the building looks nice. But that park is better off without it. It is disheartening that someone would visit that space and only think about how it could be improved. This is an instance in which the best urban design is to just stay the hell out of the way.

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