Last fall, the park underneath the Holton Street bridge, often referred to as the "pop-up park," "swing park" or "marsupial swing park," was dismantled. Recently, one of the swings returned and soon the park will be completely back in action.
"Construction of ‘phase one’ starts next week and should be completed by the end of June," says Steph Salvia, the executive director of the Brady Street Business District.
Phase one will include new swings – belt swings, tire swings, a baby swing and an ADA-approved swing – as well as the removal of some of the concrete benches. The gravel will be replaced with repurposed tire rubber.
"The goal is to make the area more versatile," says Salvia.
Phase two of the project will, hopefully, include the build out of a skateboarding area.
"We’ll see how phase one goes," says Salvia.
The effort is a collaboration between the City of Milwaukee, Brady Street Business Development, Bike-In Movie Series and Keith Hayes from beintween, who envisioned and developed the original pop-up park.
The space will be used for many community events, including the Urban Flea Market on Sunday, June 22 and Friday night movies sponsored by the Milwaukee Bike In Movie Series starting on Friday, June 20.
"The park is a great way to connect different parts of the city," says Salvia.