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Next Urban Ecology Center coming to Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley

By Keith Barber

After showing success in two other areas of the city, the Urban Ecology Center has decided to construct a new facility in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley.

Urban Ecology Center – Valley Branch, Milwaukee, Milwaukee County

The Urban Ecology Center is a private non-profit environmental education and community center. It was founded by local citizens in response to an increasing crime rate in and around Riverside Park in Milwaukee.

Using the center as their base, citizens have curbed area crime by using the park and center on a regular basis. The center offers space for community education programs to better the environment.

In 2007, a second center opened in Washington Park on the city’s near west side with the same success.

After many requests from south side residents, and after a feasibility study, the Urban Ecology Center partnered with Menomonee Valley Partners Inc., and agreed to provide another center in the Menomonee Valley at the trailhead of the Hank Aaron State Park.

A rendering of the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.

A rendering of the future Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley.

An old tavern was purchased in 2009, and will be renovated and expanded with plans prepared by Uihlein Wilson Architects, Milwaukee. Students from the University of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design contributed in design efforts. Construction will be performed by Berghammer Corp., Butler. The branch is expected to open in fall 2012.

Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at (414) 225-1821.

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