West Bend, WI
The West Bend Milwaukee Riverfront Parkway currently runs a continuous 3.1 miles along the Milwaukee River, beginning at River Road and extending northwest to Roosevelt Drive. The Riverwalk, a project of the City of West Bend Park, Recreation & Forestry Department reflects a commitment to protect land along the Milwaukee River Corridor. The Riverwalk offers environments for people to walk, jog, bike, rollerblade, and in winter to snow-shoe and ski. It also offers an opportunity to view the multitude of sculptures which, with the support of the West Bend Friends of Sculpture, dot the landscape along the corridor.
Trailheads are located at East Washington Street and North River Road just south of the Milwaukee River, Riverside Park parking lot on South Indiana Avenue, parking lot at Northwestern Avenue and Hi Mount Road, parking lot at East Water Street and Veterans Avenue, parking lot at Kuester Lane South and North Main Street, the North Main Street Overlook and the Historic Train Depot in the Downtown.
A pocket park, formerly the West Bend Plating facility, contains interactive sculptures from internationally known sculptor Brad Goldberg. This park is an excellent example of adaptive reuse of a brownfield as public open space.
The Riverwalk connects to Regner Park, one of the largest parks in West Bend. Past Regner Park is a ½ mile site that was formerly a Dairy Queen, a home, and a construction landfill. The project was funded with contributions from the City, the West Bend Rotary Waterways Land Foundation, individuals, and grants from DNR and DOT. This particular phase has these interesting site amenities:
- The boardwalk was built with environmentally safe pressure treated lumber (arsenic & chromium free).
- The observation deck and the site amenities (benches and trash receptacles) are made from recycled plastic.
- The large hillside on the west side of the trail was formerly a construction dump site.