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Ask Now: Will Wauwatosa develop more recreational land at Hart Park and along the Menomonee River?

The city has no plan to develop more recreational facilities along the Menomonee River just east of 68th Street, opting to preserve passive green space.

The city has no plan to develop more recreational facilities along the Menomonee River just east of 68th Street, opting to preserve passive green space.

June 17, 2014

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Will the city develop more recreational land at Hart Park and along the Menomonee River?

Issue: A reader wants to know those answers and offered a suggestion.

"Tosa has a very large soccer playing population," he wrote.

Status: Other than a possible skate park, Parks and Forestry Superintendent Ken Walbrant said there are no plans to add recreational facilities. He said the plan has been to develop recreational outlets from 68th Street west.

"East of 68th Street, the land has been designated as passive space," Walbrant said. "If someone is looking for soccer fields, I suppose there is nothing to prevent them from putting up some nets and playing there."

Walbrant offered one caveat, noting that there is a plan to "daylight" — open up — the underground portion of Schoonmaker Creek that runs through that area. He said that may restrict recreational access.

City Engineer Bill Wehrley confirmed the Milwaukee Metropolitian Sewerage District is working on the project. MMSD Senior Project Director Jennifer Wright said the work should be done in early 2015. She said the project will include preserving some space just east of 68th Street.

"When the project is complete, there should be an option for the city to develop that," she said.

Schoonmaker Creek, visible in areas such as the Washington Highlands, currently runs in an underground pipe around 61st Street under the site of the former Sears warehouse and contines on an angle between the railroad tracks and the Menomonee River.

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