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An Improved Jackson Park that Reduces Flooding

01/21/20 08:20:am

Project Update

Good news, the Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Project in Jackson Park is moving forward! The agreement between Milwaukee County and MMSD for the Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Project in Jackson Park has been signed. The agreement is based on a preferred alternative, the Hybrid Site Plan, which has been developed through the public involvement process. Thank you to everyone that attended and shared their hopes, ideas, and preferences for this project. Our design team is hard at work using your input to develop more detailed plans for your review. As we move forward, we will continue to have additional opportunities for your feedback. Stay tuned! 

Find Out How You Can Help Make it Happen

More than 660 homes sit in harm's way along the streams within the Kinnickinnic River watershed, threatened by flooding in heavily urbanized neighborhoods where even the rivers and creeks are lined with miles of concrete. 

The Kinnickinnic River earned a less than glamorous title from the group American Rivers that named the river one of “America’s Ten Most Endangered Rivers” in 2007 due to contaminated sediments and severely degraded habitat.

Let’s show the Kinnickinnic River some love and improve the quality of life for thousands of people who live, work and visit the area.

concrete lined kinnickinnic river in Jackson Park

More than $350 million in projects are in the works to:

  • Reduce the risk of flooding on the Kinnickinnic River and its tributary streams
  • Remove failing concrete in river channels and replace it with a naturalized waterway to slow down dangerous currents and improve conditions for fish and other stream life

There is very little room to store and manage excess rain in the Kinnickinnic River Watershed, but segments of Jackson Park could help in times of need.

The flood management project offers a great opportunity to re-envision Jackson Park to better support recreation and the community. Some of these improvements will include increasing the size of the park, removing contaminated sediments from the lagoon, improving trails, and updating sports courts.

What do you think?

To learn more about the Kinnickinnic River Jackson Park project visit:

Join us for a community open house!

FEBRUARY 6, 2020

Public Open House

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Short Presentation: 7:00 p.m.

Manitoba School Gym

4040 W Forest Home Ave

Milwaukee, WI

FREE Parking

Bus Stop: Forest Home & S40


FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Public Open House

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Short Presentation: 10:30 a.m. 

Spanish Immersion School - Upper Campus

2765 S. 55th Street

Milwaukee, WI 

FREE Parking

Bus Stop: Oklahoma & S53 or S60 and Cleveland

MMSD wants feedback on Jackson Park Project

Why do you want an improved Jackson Park?