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The New and Improved Pulaski Park

Years of work have transformed south side park, as these photos document.

By , Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service - Dec 15th, 2020 05:04 pm
New escape, same neighborhood. Photo by Travis Hope.

New escape, same neighborhood. Photo by Travis Hope.

In this photo gallery, Travis Hope of the KK River Neighbors in Action resident group revisits the newly renovated Pulaski Park.

The Kinnickinnic River’s renaturalization first started getting attention in 2008, and across my three photo galleries, you can see the past, progress and completion of a cornerstone of the project — Pulaski Park.

In 2017, I took photos of the park when we knew changes were coming, and in 2019, I photographed construction while it was in progress. My daughter Iveliz came along with me for all three of these adventures. I hope you will revisit the first two galleries to really get a sense of accomplishment that is Pulaski Park.

Toward the end of summer, a few weeks after the rebirthed Pulaski Park was open to the public, I explored the park to share a view of what generations can enjoy in the future. The new additions include expanded walking paths, a new bridge, upgraded playground and basketball court, a futsal court and more. Plus, the Kinnickinnic River has been returned to nature and is a river again for the first time in generations for all to enjoy.

I hope all explore Pulaski Park in the upcoming winter and hope to see all enjoy the park in 2021 and beyond, for this was truly a neighborhood project for all to have input and enjoy.

Please “like” and follow the KK River Neighbors in Action for future meetings and events being held at Pulaski Park and the KK River Plaza.

Pulaski Park

This story was originally published by Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, where you can find other stories reporting on fifteen city neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

3 thoughts on “Photo Gallery: The New and Improved Pulaski Park”

  1. Tully Jones says:

    Gorgeous photos! I can’t wait to get outside and check out this park in the Springtime.

  2. says:

    Wow, these pix made me feel good in a lot of ways. First, this urban park is a much more attractive place for neighborhood folk to recreate. Second, it is much safer with the dangerous huge concrete “river bank” removed. Finally, I was fortunate to be involved with a group of students in the recovery of the KK River watershed with Groundwork’s “Green Team”- they would be very proud. I can’t wait to get down there and walk along the recovered river banks. Great photos!

  3. mkwagner says:

    I remember when the banks of KK and Menomonee rivers (along with the feeder creeks) were cemented as a means of flood control. It was a mistake way back then. Now these same rivers and creeks are being returned to their natural state for better (you guessed it) better flood control. Mother Nature is so much wiser than humans when it comes to caring for the environment.

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