A new link is in the works between the Historic Third Ward and Walker’s Point. To make the connection happen and further extend the Milwaukee RiverWalk, a long-unused railroad swing bridge in the Milwaukee River would be repurposed as the central link in a new pedestrian bridge.
Alderman Robert Bauman introduced the idea of the city acquiring the bridge at a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon for Trestle Park. The new third-of-an-acre park at 501 E. Erie St,, designed by Jim Shields of HGA, is already a hit, drawing a steady stream of visitors onto the former railroad trestle that has been artfully repurposed.
The Mandel Group, which hosted Thursday’s event, had released conceptual site plans in July of a pedestrian bridge going through the swing bridge. The company is planning a $130-million, mixed-use development on the south side of the river.