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Inaugural Hank Aaron State Trail Spring Ride & Sculpture Unveiling

  • Menomonee Valley Community Park 212 S 36th Street Milwaukee, WI 53215 (map)

Join us for our Inaugural Hank Aaron State Trail Spring Ride to celebrate Spring and the opening of the West End of the Trail!

We will gather at the Menomonee Valley Community Park at the corner of W Canal Street and W Milwaukee Road. At 2 p.m., local dignitaries, including Mayor Tom Barrett, former Mayor John Norquist and Representative Dan Riemer will join us for a brief program to celebrate the re-opening of the west end of the Hank Aaron State Trail, the Trail's 20th Anniversary, and progress to complete People of the Road, a new five sculpture landmark along the Trail.

People of the Road is a five-sculpture public artwork that will honor and celebrate the thousands of workers who built the locomotives and rail cars made in Milwaukee. It will be a powerful reminder of the role the Milwaukee Road and their employees played in the history of Milwaukee and beyond.

After the presentation, those participating in the Spring Ride will hop on our bikes and head west to explore the recently re-opened west end of the trail. We will stop for a celebratory toast at 124th St where the Trail connects up with the Oak Leaf Trail and ultimately connects to the new Berlin Trail.We'll then will hop on our bikes and ride on the recently reopened trail and explore the west end until we arrive at 124th Street for a celebratory toast. We will then return to Third Space Brewing in the Menomonee Valley for libations and good company.

The ride is 6 miles one way. It will take about 40 mins at a casual pace. Roundtrip is 12 miles.

After the rail shops closed in 1985, the site rapidly deteriorated until 2010 when the last vestiges of the Milwaukee Road, the chimneys, were demolished due to structural issues and concern for public safety. There is no longer a visual reminder of the hardworking men and women of the Milwaukee Road. Until now! Learn more about People of the Road.

Photo: Ha Nguyen

Photo: Ha Nguyen

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There is abundant street parking around the Menomonee Valley Community Park: S 36th Street, W Milwaukee Rd, W Canal Street, W Wheelhouse Rd, W Roundhouse Rd, and S 33rd Ct.