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Thank you to everyone that attended the virtual community meeting and participated in our survey for this project. We are currently compiling survey results and will report back what we heard soon!
For more information about the project please watch the recorded April 22, 2021, virtual community meeting – Follow the prompts to view in your browser.
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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is partnering with Milwaukee County Parks and others to make improvements 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:
To allow for more storage of floodwaters during heavy storms and to naturalize the river, more than 2,100 feet of concrete channel lining and enclosed culverts will be removed and replaced with a natural stream design. Because of this, elements of Jackson Park will have the opportunity to be re-envisioned to better support recreation and the community! Some of these changes will include increasing the size of the park, removing contaminated sediments from the lagoon, improving trails, and updating sports courts.
Based on feedback from the public, MMSD and Milwaukee County entered into an agreement in May 2020 to design and construct the Kinnickinnic River & Jackson Park project. MMSD and County have been working to refine the draft initial project design and will continue to seek public input throughout the design process.
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2016-2017 Public involvement and open houses; gather community input
2018-2019 Community input on Kinnickinnic River restoration
FEB 2020 Public open house & concept presentation; gather community input
MAY 2020 County Parks and MMSD sign Kinnickinnic River Jackson Park agreement
MAY 2020-MAR 2021 Refine alternatives; continue community input
APR 2021 Public survey and virtual public meeting
MAY-JUN 2021 Refine and finalize the plan
JUL 2021-2022 Design development
2022-2025 Project construction
*Timeline is subject to change
Contact your County Supervisor and tell them what you think about the project! Unsure who is your County Supervisor or how to contact them? Visit www.findyourcountysupervisor.com.
Contact MMSD below to let us know what you think about the project! Click here to sign up to receive Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Project in Jackson Park email updates.
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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is partnering with Milwaukee County Parks and others to remove the concrete lining and restore the Kinnickinnic River to a natural stream in Pulaski Park. The project will reduce neighborhood flooding and improve public safety by slowing down the river in the park.
With extensive input from neighbors and nearby businesses, a project is underway to capture and store 40 million gallons of stormwater to reduce the risk of flooding when storms roll over the area