Wheel Park Planned For Emigh Playfield in Tippecanoe
Would be city's first park targeted at BMX bikes, skateboards, scooters and skates.
The effort could add a wheel park, designated space for those using BMX bikes, skateboards, scooters, inline skates or roller skates. That specific enhancement is being advocated for by the Bay View Neighborhood Association. The project is in a conceptual stage and a cost estimate is not yet available.
The playfield, one of 52 managed by MPS’ Milwaukee Recreation department, straddles the border of the Tippecanoe and Bay View neighborhoods on the city’s South Side. MKE REC is engaged in an effort to renovate all of its playfields following a 2015 equity prioritization index plan.
The space, which runs E. Morgan Ave. to E. Wilbur Ave. on the west side of S. Quincy Ave., currently features three baseball/softball diamonds, a small playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, a fieldhouse with bathrooms and a parking lot.
A survey, available online, inquires about the priorities for a renovation, including the wheel park, refurbished tennis courts, a new playground, walking paths or a splash pad.
An open house is also planned for Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the playfield, to solicit community feedback.
Emigh was a longtime MPS employee, having started his career with the district in 1933. He served as assistant superintendent of recreation and adult education, the top post at what is today Milwaukee Recreation, from 1965 to 1969. Emigh passed away in 1993 at the age of 94.
Other playfields undergoing community engagement projects in 2021 including Carmen Playfield, Stark Playfield, Lincoln Playfield, Modrzejewski Playfield and Pulaski Playfield. Construction took place at Burnham Playfield and Green Bay Playfield.