Milwaukee Water Commons
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Milwaukee’s First Ever Open River Swim in the Milwaukee River

Saturday, August 11th will mark the first annual Cream City Classic

By - Jul 31st, 2018 07:59 am
The Cream City Classic

The Cream City Classic

MILWAUKEE —  Milwaukee Water Commons, in partnership with Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Harbor District, and Wisconsin Sea Grant, will hold the first ever open water swim in the Milwaukee River on Saturday, August 11th at 8 AM.  Whether you swim, volunteer, or watch from the public RiverWalk in the Third Ward, this event is an opportunity to celebrate how far Milwaukee has come in river revitalization efforts and help promote ongoing stewardship so all residents can enjoy our common waters. Swimmer safety is top priority. The location and date were chosen specifically with water quality concerns in mind, occurring in the downstream portion of the river where active mixing of water from Lake Michigan creates improved water quality conditions. Safety personnel will be on duty and post-race showers will be available for swimmers.

The Cream City Classic aims to bring to light current disparities regarding who can reasonably access and enjoy our city’s waterways. Future events will hopefully raise funds to provide equal access to pools and swim lessons for all Milwaukeeans. Everyone has a right to fishable swimmable rivers and lakes. It’s time we celebrate, protect, and reclaim these waters for all!

About Milwaukee Water Commons
Milwaukee Water Commons, a project of the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium (a 501c3 organization), is dedicated to fostering connection, collaboration and broad community leadership on behalf of our waters.  We promote stewardship of, equitable access to and shared decision-making for our common waters.

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