There was a question from a reader about the extension of the Beerline Trail from Riverboat Road to Gordon Park. I got an email from Guy Smith of the Milwaukee County Parks Dept. that the Grand Opening of the trail will be next week Wednesday, Oct. 13th. and there will be a hike and a tour of the Wheelhouse property followed by a reception at Stubby’s Pub and Grub, which is in the former Bayou location on the northeast side of the Humboldt bridge. I just gave them bike racks to install along the sidewalk near the building. There are other bike racks at the bottom of that building along commerce street.
Here are the details about the grand opening from Guy:
Date: Wednesday, October 13 5pm-8pm
Where: Gordon Park, 2828 N Humboldt Blvd
5:00 – Hike the Beerline Trail and tour the Wheelhouse property
6:00 – 8:00 – Reception at Stubby’s Pub and Grub, 2060 N Humboldt
Rain or shine, the hike begins at Gordon Park at 5:00, follows the Beerline Trail to the Wheelhouse property, and concludes at Stubby’s Pub and Grub for the reception at ~6:00. Hearty hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Pedicabs will be available to return you to your car at the end of the night.
In late 2009 The River Revitalization Foundation (RRF), Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust, purchased the 2.8 acre Wheelhouse property – a developed site along the Milwaukee River on the east side of the city that includes the abandoned, former Wheelhouse restaurant. The project will restore blighted urban riverfront land to preserved green space and increase shoreline stabilization and floodplain protection. In addition, the site will connect to the recently-completed Beerline Trail, a segment of Milwaukee County Parks’ Oak Leaf Trail System. The Trail (also a project of RRF), located on an abandoned railroad line formerly known as the “Beerline,” preserves invaluable natural areas along the Milwaukee River, provides public open space and recreational opportunities, and offers commuters access to downtown.