Upcoming Events

Doors Open MKE: Biking on the Hank Aaron State Trail

Sunday, September 24th, 9 AM - 11:30 AM

As part of Doors Open MKE weekend, this FREE bike tour led will go through areas of great significance in the city’s history. This easy ride with frequent stops will focus on the history and changes in the Menomonee Valley, Native American uses, impacts of the Milwaukee Road Shops, and the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, built for returning Civil War veterans and still serving veterans today.

Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail Manager, will guide the tour. No Fee. Meet and Park: Parking lot west of the Domes, off of 27th St., north of National Avenue. Bring your own bike, helmet, and water.

Art Walk 200 Nights of Freedom

Valley Week: Art Walk on the Hank Aaron State Trail

Thursday, September 28th, 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

Join us for this FREE walking tour as a collaboration with the first ever Valley Week and 200 Nights of Freedom. The Menomonee Valley was the physical barrier that marked the divide between Milwaukee’s black and white communities, often referred to as “Milwaukee’s Mason Dixon line.” In 1967, the first of the civil rights marches crossed the Menomonee Valley’s 16th Street Viaduct in protest of racial discrimination and housing segregation. Melissa Cook, Hank Aaron State Trail Manager, will provide a free tour to share the important history of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches and the murals that honor marchers along the Hank Aaron State Trail Menomonee River Loop.

Civil rights murals were completed by schoolchildren from 10 schools on both the south side and north side to help them learn about the marches and the history of our community. Benches along the trail were painted by children of various ethnic backgrounds on the theme of diversity and what it means today.

You’ll also learn about other artwork along the trail, including “A Place to Sit” by Katie Martin. In 2007, a juried competition selected artist Katie Martin's A Place to Sit to develop a gateway sculpture for the River Loop Trail segment between 13th and 25th and Canal Street. Using a quote from local historian John Gurda who characterized European settlement in Milwaukee as a wild "game of musical chairs" leaving the Native Americans with "nowhere to sit," Katie offers three high-backed chairs engraved with the names of tribes who made Milwaukee their home.

Like the baseball legend of the civil rights era it was named for, the Hank Aaron State Trail’s route through the Valley traverses this historical divide in our community. The trail contributes countless opportunities for recreation and fitness, improvements to the environment, economic growth, and overall quality of life. It is a place where everyone is welcome and provides both connections and alternative transportation options. The Trail starts at Lakeshore State Park, winds its way through the Historic Third Ward and Menomonee River Valley, then via a bridge at 37th Street heads west past Miller Park, State Fair Park, toward the county line. The Trail links to Milwaukee County's 100-mile Oak Leaf Trail at both its east and west end.

Please RSVP your attendance here. Meet and Park at The Sigma Group, 1300 West Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233

First Ever Valley Week!

A Week of Experiences in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valle

Check out the series Valley Week events happening on and all around The Hank Aaron State Trail as Menomonee Valley Partners aims to invite the community to explore and experience Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. From a beer run, tours on land or in water, campfire stories with hot chocolate and s'more, and planting trees for future generations, the week offers something to nature lovers, history enthusiasts, job seekers, and those looking for something unique to do.

Save the Date! 2018 Urban Candlelight Hike

Saturday, February 23rd, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

We are bringing it back! The Urban Candlelight Hike was a smashing success last year with over 1500 people coming out to enjoy a crisp winter night in Three Bridges Park lit by soft candlelight. Missed last year's event? Read about it here!

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.