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Urban Candlelight Hike Is Unique

Lovely weekend walk on candle-lit paths within and around Three Bridges Park.

By - Feb 5th, 2018 03:38 pm
2018 Urban Candlelight Hike. Photo by Jack Fennimore.

2018 Urban Candlelight Hike. Photo by Jack Fennimore.

Many braved the flurries to join the second annual Urban Candlelight Hike on Saturday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Hikers got to enjoy two miles of candlelit trails along the Hank Aaron State Trail within and around Three Bridges Park. That’s quite a lot of ground to cover but there were plenty of stops along the way. At the Fireside Plaza, hikers roasted marshmallows on the fire. Some even got a chance to demo one of Wheel & Sprocket’s fat tire bikes or e-bikes. And S. 35th St. was lined with food trucks for those looking to beat the cold with some piping hot chili.

As the hike wound down, hikers were invited to an after party at Third Space Brewing Company courtesy of NEWaukee. The narrow halls of the taproom was perfect for huddling from the cold while sipping beer and chowing down on burgers from The Fatty Patty food truck. Who says winter isn’t fun?

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3 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: Urban Candlelight Hike Is Unique”

  1. Thank you for the great article and awesome photos of the Urban Candlelight Hike! Your photos turned out great. MVP, UEC, and FOHAST were so excited to invite people down to the Valley. People might have heard that a lot has happened down here, but this was a lovely invitation to explore. The community feedback was really positive and is proof that northerners are a hardy group! It was fun to see the children playing, people testing out fat tire bikes, and just enjoying nature. So many had never been down here before and were excited to see this beautiful spot in the heart of the city.

  2. Dennis Grzezinski says:

    Thanks for the article, Jack. However, you might have mentioned that the Urban Ecology Center sponsored and organized the event.

  3. It took a number of partners (and super hardy northerners who embraced nature in all its glory!) to pull of this amazing community event – and we’re thankful for all of them! The Hike was co-hosted by the Urban Ecology Center, Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, and Menomonee Valley Partners. REI brought the gourmet s’mores and Wheel & Sprocket brought fat tire bikes for all to test out in the snow. Five great food trucks brought an array of delicious food options! Third Space Brewing hosted the after party and gave all Fun Pass holders a free beer. And, of course, it would not have been possible without sponsors: Komatsu Mining Corp, Palermo’s Pizza, Shorewest Northshore, Third Space Brewing, and NEWaukee.

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