Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

Preservation Park Opens Downtown

The new park, located in The Brewery, honors area's blue ribbon history.

By - Nov 19th, 2017 04:16 pm

The new park, located in The Brewery, honors area's blue ribbon history. Back to the full article.

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6 thoughts on “Eyes on Milwaukee: Preservation Park Opens Downtown”

  1. mbradleyc says:

    That was quite the “good news/bad news” day for the Haertels.

  2. Jeff says:

    A Brewery-related question: Does anyone know why there are big holes along the sides of some streets there? At first, I thought they would be filled in and planted, maybe with big trees–but no, they seem to be permanent. IMO, they’re ugly, and I would think they’d be a colossal safety and liabiility concern.

  3. Jeramey Jannene says:

    @Jeff – Are you referring to the bioswales? They’re to store water onsite instead of sending it into the sewer system. They’re a part of the overall environmental plan that makes the neighborhood qualify for a LEED Platinum certification.

    I can’t speak to their safety, or lack thereof, but anecdotally I’ve never seen any evidence that someone has fallen into one.

  4. Molly O says:

    I love parks in the middle of the city.
    Could use a few benches tho.

  5. MidnightSon says:

    The Brewery in Milwaukee is one of the great urban success stories of the decade. The City owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Zilber for his “organic” approach to its development, as opposed to earlier plans for an entertainment district called Pabst City. That would have been awful. I was back in Milwaukee a couple weekends ago and took a frigid self-tour of downtown, including The Brewery.

    I like that the park is called “Preservation Park,” because what Zilber did was in the best sense, preservation. Thoughtful reuse of older buildings and integration of new ones that complement, don’t mimic the old. Great human scale. Truly mixed use.

    I think the park, itself, could use a few more trees along its east and south perimeters. The lawn-style of the park is great. I agree with Molly O. about benches. And, the older I get, the less apt I am to bend over to try to read some of the content inset into the glass boxes in the ground. 🙂

  6. Amazing and wonderful hardscape design. I give zero on green space design. When I saw the excavation a while back I thought what a wonderful Green Infrastructure – as in rain water capture and Combined sewerage district overflow mitigation- design. That seems not to be the case. Honoring the past I will support all the time. Forgoing the future for my three grandchildren I cannot support. As for lawn, perhaps a visit to the Victory Garden Initiative website or Facebook would be a place to start: Move Grass: Grow Food! I was talking with a group tonite about the difference between anger and outrage. While my outrage over this forgetfulness of the future does not match some other feelings of outrage over other issues in MKE, it is still close to a 9. The forgetfulness dis ease is somewhat mitigated by…

    Thanks to Mr. Jannene for referencing the usefulness of those “ugly and hazardous” holes in the ground in the Brewery area.


    Reflo: Sustainable Water Solutions has a MKE water app that you can download and hear more stories about rainwater mitigation in the Brewery area: Solin WWTN:
    “Water Story MKE is a free, place-based public engagement app being developed through Reflo-Sustainable Water Solutions, to explore both the history of human engagement with water in Milwaukee and the state of water in Milwaukee today. It also opens up conversation about a sustainable water future. Milwaukee has a rich collection of water stories. The game has five pilot sites that explore Bradford Beach, Pumphouse, Lakefront Brewery, the Brewery Neighborhood, and Cream City Farms @ Walnut Hill for both their interesting water histories and their green infrastructure. Players earn points from their engagement with Milwaukee’s water stories and are invited to share their stories about water on the game platform.” See:

    We obviously need to have a conversation about the past informing the present to create the future. Hope this helps!

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