Erie Street Plaza
Milwaukee’s waterfront ecopark is one of a series of public space activators along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a three-mile pedestrian and bicycle corridor that connects downtown Milwaukee to the emerging and redeveloping Third Ward and Beerline Districts, and to the lakefront beyond.
The Erie Street project included extensive interface with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the City of Milwaukee Public Works and Community Development Departments, the Planning and Fine Arts Commissions, and various community groups, abutters, and stakeholders.
The ecopark activates and registers environmental cycles of stormwater by collecting runoff to support a reconstituted marsh/wetland, serves to re-charge the groundwater tables, and utilizes river water for irrigation.
Socially, the plaza is designed to accommodate a wide array of potential activities, including art festivals, gatherings, concerts, movies, weddings, festivals, farmer’s markets, and winter carnivals, as well as less intense, every-day activities like boat-watching, fishing, sunbathing, and simply hanging out.
City of Milwaukee
Vetter Denk Architects
Graef Anhalt Schloemer and Associates