The selection committee, comprised of local public art and Milwaukee Road experts and representatives from the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, City of Milwaukee, and the Menomonee Valley Partners, were impressed by the high quality and thoughtfulness of each of the final proposals. Many factors went into the final decision including public feedback (collected online and at the public meeting) artistic quality, appropriateness for the location, safety, and budget. We are happy to announce that Richard Taylor's People of the Road was selected and will be installed in June of 2018.
Taylor is a native of Milwaukee, with commissioned work located around the country. He has worked with many organizations over the years to integrate his sculptural work into specific settings.
People of the Road will be located near the corner of West Canal Street and West Milwaukee Road, where the Milwaukee Road Rail Shops' chimneys once stood. The area along the Hank Aaron State Trail is in a highly visible area with hikers, joggers, bicyclists, and between 6000 to 7700 cars passing by daily. The artwork honors the Milwaukee Road workers and tells the rich story of the Milwaukee Road while creating a new landmark that links the landscape to our history.
Hank Aaron State Trail maps are available! Download the map here.
The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, developing, and maintaining the Hank Aaron State Trail. The creation of the Hank Aaron State Trail along the Menomonee River and through a former industrial valley contributes countless opportunities for recreation and fitness, improvements to the environment, economic growth, and overall quality of urban life.
The Trail is ideal for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and skaters, and currently provides a 12-mile continuous connection via dedicated trails and marked streets between the lakefront and Milwaukee's west end. The Trail starts at Lakeshore State Park near the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds, winds its way through the Historic Third Ward and Menomonee River Valley, past Miller Park, and then points west by accessing the new bridge at 37th St. The Trail links to Milwaukee County's 100-mile Oak Leaf Trail at both its east and west end, making it possible to bike from Lake Michigan, along several trails across the state, and eventually link to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Glacial Drumlin State Trail, and Military Ridge State Trail.
The Western extension features a new bike/pedestrian bridge over Hawley Road, redecked bridges, and asphalt pavement. When work is completed on the Zoo Interchange, the remaining off-road section of the Trail west of 94th Place will be completed and paved out to Underwood Creek and the connection to the Oak Leaf Trail. (Please note that a detour route exists for the section west of 94th Place.)
A new one-mile extension of the Trail opened in the new Three Bridges Park in the summer of 2013. This segment offers undulating terrain, great views of Milwaukee's downtown, and access to the Menomonee River. Entry points to the Trail are at the three bridges located at the Valley Passage at 37th and Canal Street, 33rd Court located just east of Palermo's Pizza, and behind the Mitchell Park Domes.
Some points of interest along and adjacent to the Trail include Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, Milwaukee Art Museum, Lakeshore State Park, Summerfest & Ethnic Festivals, Historic Third Ward, Historic Walkers Point, Harley-Davidson Museum, Potawatomi Casino, Marquette Playing Fields, Mitchell Park Domes, Miller Park, Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center, Soldiers Home Historic District, State Fair Park, Petit Ice Center, and the restorative peace of the Menomonee River.
The Hank Aaron State Trail Will Take You There!
The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail continues to be an advocate of the Trail, working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, local communities, organizations, and businesses, to bring the Trail to reality. From our annual Spring River Clean-Up and Planting, to the Hank Aaron State Trail 5k Run/Walk, to our hikes through history, the Friends helps people enjoy and appreciate all that the Hank Aaron State Trail has to offer.
We invite you to learn more about the Trail and our organization, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hank Aaron State Trail.
Become a Friend of the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail
Joining the Friends offers an opportunity to play an important role in bringing the Trail to its full potential. It provides a great forum for discussion and support of the Trail, and friends also receive newsletters and advance notification of special events. In addition, the Friends offer Bike Safety Camps to kids in the adjacent neighborhoods, pay for printing of HAST maps, and restore and install the classic copper shelters as rest and "information stations" along the trail.
The bygone era of Milwaukee's streetcar system is recalled through the restoration and installation of these architectural gems in the Historic Third Ward at Catalano Square and near the 25th Street Roundabout on Canal Street.
Look for a new structure at the Trail's west end near Bluemound Road!
FOHAST Events/Outreach Coordinator
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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources