Revitalization of the Kinnickinnic River and Neighborhood

before.afterThe long-neglected natural and built environment on Milwaukee’s near south side – the Kinnickinnic (KK) River, Pulaski Park, housing stock, streets and sidewalks, etc. – reflects the neighborhood’s historical decline. This, however, is changing, beginning with the $75 million dollar Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Project by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in which the river’s concrete banks are being replaced with a wider, more natural channel to considerably lower flood risks and enhance the river’s aquatic and terrestrial environment.

The river’s restoration is the cornerstone of the Department-led KK River Corridor Neighborhood Plan, an ambitious, multi-layered plan that incorporates community-driven recommendations to transform the surrounding community and residents’ quality of life.  The plan also calls for:

  • Implementing green infrastructure such as permeable pavement, rain gardens and bioswales throughout the community, which will reduce runoff and mitigate pollutants before they reach the river
  • Restoring the 26-acre Pulaski Park, including a 100 year old park pavilion and native habitat
  • Identifying and developing recreational opportunities
  • Providing bilingual environmental education and stewardship training for residents
  • Supporting economic development and housing infrastructure improvements

Join us!

The river and neighborhood are changing. Come learn about these changes and new ways to enjoy our river! These are FREE family-friendly events. Activities for children will be offered.


KK River Neighbors in Action

The KK River Neighbors in Action (KK NIA) is a grassroots community group that the Department helped jump start to update and encourage resident participation in the many large-scale environmental projects taking place in their neighborhood…Read more.

Read the latest KK River Neighborhood Newsletter!

Office Location:

Greenfield Location
Lower Level
1337 S. Cesar E. Chavez Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53204


Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m.

Phone number:

Contact Kevin Engstrom at (414) 897-5598 or for more information.