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Thank you to everyone that participated in the Fall 2022 survey to provide input on three design options for the Kinnickinnic River greenway between 6th- 16th Street. This survey built off the feedback from the July 2022 survey where over 470 people gave their input on design features (see the survey results). Scroll through the photos to see the results. The design team is now taking the results to create a proposed design. Stay tuned to see the result.
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Overall, which design layout and theme for the greenway do you like the best?
The results of the first survey showed that seating and small gathering areas were important features. Of the options presented below, which gathering space design do you prefer?
From the results of the first survey, the most popular options for the riverbank at Modzrejewski Playfield included trees, native vegetation and access to the river. Each of the design options incorporate these elements in different ways. Which design do you like best of the following three options?
A new multi-use path will provide safe off-street bicycle and walking options. Additional walking paths will be provided on the opposite side of the river. In all options the proposed multi-use path will cross several streets and will be next to Harrison Ave for a portion of the greenway. For the multi-use path next to Harrison Ave, which path location do you prefer?
Harrison Avenue currently has on-street parking on both sides of the street. The south parking lane where it is next to the river corridor (between S. 9th Street and S. 16th Street), currently has space for approximately 80 on-street parking spaces. To make room for trees, stormwater treatment, and safer pedestrian crosswalks, would you be in favor of the City removing some on-street parking?
What traffic calming and safe street crossing improvements would you like to see where the new paths cross 9th Pl, 13th St and 16th St?
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is partnering with the City of Milwaukee, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, and others to make improvements along the Kinnickinnic River between S. 6th Street and S. 16th Street. This project is located at the downstream end of the watershed or the “bottom of the funnel”. The river channel is 50 feet wide and lined with concrete. During heavy storms, the concrete lining creates dangerous flow conditions that have claimed a number of drowning victims throughout the years. It is also not wide enough for large flood events and an updated analysis has identified approximately 300 residential and commercial structures at high flood risk.
The Kinnickinnic River 6th to 16th Street project is part of the larger Kinnickinnic River Watershed Flood Management Plan. The goals of this larger plan include:
To provide enough room to safely move floodwaters during heavy storms and to naturalize the river, the river corridor will be widened, and more than 4,000 feet of concrete channel lining will be removed and replaced with a natural stream design. To create this wider river corridor, MMSD is acquiring and removing 83 homes and partnering with the City of Milwaukee to modify several city-owned bridges and utilities.
MMSD is also partnering with Sixteenth Street Community Health Center to engage and obtain feedback from the community. One recent example of this collaboration is the creation of a transitional space on former vacant properties acquired for the project. The KK River Plaza is a space that was developed with multiple partners as a temporary community space that residents can enjoy during the projects’ initial design phase. The space includes a gravel trail, natural playground, community garden beds, and artwork depicting images of water deities from different cultures represented in the neighborhood. Eventually, this space will be reshaped as part of the expanded river.
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Flooding at the S. 9th Pl bridge in 2008
Concrete lined Kinnickinnic River in project area. Photo Credit: Eddee Daniel
Project area looking east from the 16th Street bridge. Photo Credit: Eddee Daniel
A transitional space, the KK River Plaza, that residents can enjoy during the projects’ initial design phase.