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Trailhead along the Hank Aaron State Trail.

Project Information

Map of Trail

Coca-Cola Community Foundation Metropolitan Grants Program

Eric Oberg
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Midwest Regional Office


Trailhead Improvements on Hank Aaron State Trail
Years: 2011 to present

This project is part of RTC's Metropolitan Grants Program funded through a donation from The Coca-Cola Foundation. Find out more about other projects here.

Milwaukee County, Wis.

Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Project Deliverables
Significant beginning to capital campaign for placing additional trolley stop trailhead facility.

Trail Description
The Hank Aaron State Trail is a critical backbone in the emerging Milwaukee trail network, which is already one of the most extensive urban networks on the country. The trail runs 10 miles through the heart of the city from the Lake Michigan lakefront to the far west end. It connects on both ends to the 96-mile Oak Leaf Trail, creating a truly impressive network.

Project Description
The Friends of the Hank Aaron Trail are a volunteer group dedicated to the promotion and expansion of the Hank Aaron State Trail in Milwaukee. The next step for the trail is an extension through a densely populated part of the city, which so far has had no trail access at all, and hook into the Oak Leaf Trail on the other side, linking the major trails in the metro area. The friends group, in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, has a grand idea to create a trail gateway into this new neighborhood. Successful restoration of old copper trolley stops repurposed as trailside rest areas has already happened along the existing trail in two locations. These structures are historically unique and fitting to use as the gateway for the new extension. This project support grant allows the friends group to officially kick off their capital campaign to begin the process of bringing the gateway to fruition.

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