Menomonee River Valley Week
The Hoan Bridge is lit in the colors of Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley on Saturday, September 25 to kick off Valley Week, an annual week of events that celebrate the Valley’s transformation from an eyesore to an urban escape and employment center in the heart of the city.
There’s something for everyone during Valley Week and each event is connected to the Valley’s transformation. The bike tour would have required fat tire bikes and the will to bike along a rutted old road, and a big jump from 32nd Street down to the old Milwaukee Road site. Now, we have a rebuilt Canal Street and Hank Aaron State Trail to cruise along. We would have been sitting on salt piles for the Outdoor Movie, but instead we’ll be at the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum along a river that is seeing more and more nature and recreation each year. Takeout & Tunes would have had a very different vibe in a vacant lot under the interstate, but now we have native plants that filter rainwater to keep our waterways clean and walking paths – just the beginning of what the new community space at 940 W St. Paul Avenue can become. We also celebrate the Milwaukee County Housing First initiative and partners who came together to house the majority of the people that once lived in tents under the interstate.
You’re invited to come explore the transformed Menomonee River Valley during Valley Week experience from September 25 to October 2. Enjoy the Valley’s breweries, the Menomonee River, its trails, its history and even more during an energized Valley Week!
Menomonee Valley Partners is a nonprofit organization and has been the lead agency in the Valley’s redevelopment since 1999.