Revitalizing Milwaukee's crossroad
At the heart of the Urban Ecology Center you'll always find a community striving for change. Our branches are the results of partnerships with organizations, neighbors and businesses that have a vested interest in seeing their area grow and thrive. Whether the issue is safety, preservation, education or just neighbors connecting to each other -- working with people with this much energy is hard to resist.
For this branch we formed a unique partnership with the Menomonee Valley Partners, a nonprofit whose vision is to redevelop the Menomonee Valley into a strong ecological, economic and cultural area in the city. Together we created a joint project — Menomonee Valley - From The Ground Up. Our branch is only a part of this $26 million project that includes:
- The transformation of 24 acres of wasteland into a freshly planted outdoor learning area
- Doubling of the Hank Aaron State Trail with construction of a six-mile western extension
- Vastly improved pedestrian/ bike access into the valley
To make this happen, our two organizations worked closely with the state, city, and county governments, surrounding neighborhood associations, a number of the Valley businesses, the Forest County Potawatomi, Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, and more. Energizing, isn't it?
Above is a rendering of what the Valley will look like after all of the changes have been made.
Surveying for our Healthy Wisconsin Partnership Project, a community health evaluation project, was done on iPads with software provided by Question Pro.