Published: May 1, 2012 by the Southeast Region
Contact(s): Dan Schuller, Parks And Recreation Bureau Director, 608-266-2185
MILWAUKEE-- The Hank Aaron State Trail, a destination point for hikers, bikers, skaters, walkers and runners in the greater Milwaukee area, will receive a public art donation valued at $27,000 from the Menomonee Valley Partners.
The item is a sculpture titled: "Bridge" and is the creation of Mineral Point artist Peter Flanary. The donation was accepted by the Natural Resources Board at its April 25 meeting from the Menomonee Valley Partners, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the Menomonee Valley. The organization has been closely involved with the development of the Hank Aaron State Trail since its inception.
The sculpture consists of 20 local glacial boulders averaging two-feet in diameter. The boulders are fitted and pinned together and to the base with stainless steel fasteners and epoxy. In concept, the artwork relates to the Menomonee Valley landscape and explores the idea of connection in broad and various ways. "Bridge" will join other trail art and twelve interpretative signs along the trail that relate the cultural, social, industrial and natural history of the Menomonee Valley and honors Wisconsin's Native Americans.
The Hank Aaron State Trail (HAST) follows the Menomonee River from Lake Michigan west about 11.5 miles. Before settlement, the river valley was a wild rice marsh and home to Native Americans. In the 1800s the valley was filled in for several industries and was a route for trains carrying passengers and goods nationwide. The HAST now occupies much of that rail bed.
The trail begins at Lakeshore State Park near the Henry W. Maier Festival Grounds and heads west through the historic Third Ward, past Miller Park and currently ending at 94th Place. The Hank Aaron State Trail links to Milwaukee County's 96-mile Oak Leaf Trail, at S. 84th St. on the west end and on the east end at Florida and 2nd streets, across the Young Street bridge. It also joins the Oak Leaf Trail at Discovery World on the pier.