Lincoln Park Becoming A Little Bigger
County merging former residential parcel into surrounding park.
A proposal before the Milwaukee Common Council would expand the size of Milwaukee County’s sprawling Lincoln Park, at least on paper. The approximately 312-acre park runs along the Milwaukee River and Lincoln Creek from W. Silver Spring Dr. on the north to W. Glendale Ave. on the south, Interstate 43 on the east to N. Green Bay Rd. on the west.
The county, with support from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, acquired the 0.59-acre property at 5300 N. Milwaukee River Pkwy. in February 2018 for $135,000, below its $160,000 assessment, as part of a flood mitigation plan. It was one of a few private properties along the parkway that is wrapped by the park.
Now the county is pursuing a zoning change to designate the property as parkland. The City Plan Commission reviewed the request at its Monday meeting.
“This follows a plan for passive use recreation for that entire corridor,” said Sarah Toomsen, planning and development manager for the county parks department. “We are trying to mitigate flood risk and protect the green space.” The property is located just south of the rails-to-trails Zip Line paved trail that is part of the broader Oak Leaf Trail system. A series of walking paths can be found in the area just north of the property.
“Rezoning it to ‘parks’ is consistent with the comprehensive area plan and surrounding land use,” said city planning manager Sam Leichtling.
Commissioner Brianna Sas-Pérez asked why the county would seek to rezone the property now, two years after it acquired it.
The commission unanimously endorsed the change, which will now go before the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.
Lincoln Park is split between Milwaukee and suburban Glendale.
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Related Legislation: File 200591