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Did you know that the Kinnickinnic River flows through Jackson Park? Currently, a significant portion of the river is in concrete-lined channels or enclosed in culverts. To help reduce the risk of flooding to more than 660 homes, the concrete channel lining and enclosed culverts will be removed and replaced with a natural stream design to store more floodwaters during heavy rains. 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.
Because of this, elements of Jackson Park will be re-envisioned to better support recreation and the community! Some improvements will include increasing the size of the park, removing contaminated sediments from the lagoon, improving trails, and updating sports courts.
We want to know what you would like to see in this area of the park! Futsal or tennis courts? Swings or Monkey Bars? Tell us what you think by taking this quick 5-minute survey or joining us for a virtual community meeting on Thursday, April 22nd, 6:00 PM.
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is partnering with Milwaukee County Parks and others to make changes along the Kinnickinnic River and within Jackson Park. Jackson Park is a regional park on Milwaukee’s south side, located on the Kinnickinnic River Parkway. The lagoon, natural wooded areas, picnic sites, playfields, summer farmers’ market, and other recreation amenities make this park a popular destination for the neighboring communities. The Kinnickinnic River flows through the park but you might not even realize it! Currently, a significant portion of the river in Jackson is lined in concrete channels or enclosed in culverts.
The Kinnickinnic River at Jackson Park project is part of the larger Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Plan. The goals of this plan include:
Visit the Kinnickinnic River and Jackson Park project page to learn more about the project.
Wonder what Jackson Park could look like? Check out the transformation at Pulaski Park! This project is part of the larger Kinnickinnic River Watershed plan to reduce the risk of flooding, improve public safety by slowing down the river, and improve the natural habitats for fish and wildlife. Thank you to all the neighbors and partners for helping design the new park features, such as the pedestrian bridge, playground equipment, courts, and trails!