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Extension Through 10th District Underway

In August Ald. Murphy shared the stage with Governor Doyle, Mayor Tom Barrett and former Brewer and Milwaukee Braves slugger and Hall of Fame legend Henry "Hank" Aaron in a special dedication ceremony marking the completion of the Hank Aaron State Trail from Miller Park to the lakefront.

As a huge crowd looked on, Ald. Murphy presented Bruce Keyes of the non-profit Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail with a Common Council commendation celebrating the event and recognizing the group for its integral role in the trail's development.

"Without the hard work and dedication of the Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, it's unlikely we would ever have been able to open such a wonderful public recreation resource," said the alderman, noting as well the strong partnering efforts of the state Department of Natural Resources, the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Brewers, Menomonee Valley Partners and Hank Aaron.

While the Hank Aaron State Trail now winds its way from Miller Park through the Menomonee Valley to the city's lakefront, it will soon take hikers, bicyclists, walkers, runners and skaters westward along a 5.5-mile former railroad corridor.  Ald Murphy became aware of the abandonment of the rail line which runs west from Miller Park to the Milwaukee-Waukesha County line and petitioned the state for expansion of the trail through the 10th District. The expansion will enable the trail to nearly double in length.

The trail extension, to be completed in 2009, will go past the historic Ward Theatre on the grounds of the National Soldiers Home, State Fair Park and the Pettit National Ice Center, along the southern edge of the Milwaukee County Zoo and connect with the Oak Leaf Trail at Underwood Creek Parkway.

 
A big crowd was on hand outside Miller Park in August for the dedication ceremony marking the completion of the Hank Aaron State Trail from Miller Park to the lakefront. Ald. Murphy and daughter Maggie spent a few moments with legendary baseball great Hank Aaron after the ceremony.
 
Ald. Murphy took park in a news conference earlier this year announcing the state purchase of five miles of abandoned railroad right of way to extend the Hank Aaron State Trail from Miller Park west to Underwood Creek Parkway.  Pictured with the alderman (from left) are Mayor Jeannette Bell of West Allis, Scott Hassett, secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources and Bruce Keyes, president of the Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail.