Name that park!
A group known as Menomonee Valley From The Ground Up is seeking citizen responses in naming a new park under development in the Menomonee Valley in Milwaukee.
The public park is set to open July 20 and will be used primarily as an outdoor classroom for the Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley branch. Urban Ecology is a partner in the group, along with Menomonee Valley Partners, the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee.
The 24-acre site, just beneath the 27th and 35th Street viaducts, is owned by the city and once contained shop buildings for the Milwaukee Road Railroad. The site interconnects with several area improvements in the valley, including the Hank Aaron State Trail, bike trails and pedestrian bridges.
Name judging will be done by a selection committee made up of members from Menomonee Valley From The Ground Up, along with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Potawatomi Community Foundation and members of the surrounding neighborhood.
The committee will select a name that relates to the land’s future, history, or something uniquely Milwaukee. Those interested should submit name suggestions at RenewTheValley.org through March 22.
Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He’ll start: Valley View Park.