The Milwaukee Riverwalk System began in 1994 as a means to offer public access to the river. Once complete, the Riverwalk will extend 2.1 miles along the Milwaukee River, for the former North Avenue Dam through Downtown and the Historic Third Ward to Lake Michigan. The system is a public-private partnership between Riverfront property owners and the City of Milwaukee. In exchange for the permanent public access along the Riverwalk and to the rivers, the City provides financial assistance for the construction of private Riverwalk improvements.
Since the inception of the Riverwalk program, the Milwaukee River has become the prominent downtown development area. The River draws a mix of high-end residential, commercial and recreational venues to the shoreline and many buildings are being renovated, creating a highly active, pedestrian environment along the River.
The Milwaukee RiverWalk is divided into 3 distinct sections: the Beerline RiverWalk to the north, theDowntown RiverWalk in the center, and the Third Ward RiverWalk to the south.
The City of Milwaukee launched the RiverWalk Initiative in 1988, to connect the natural current of the Milwaukee River with a current of business and leisure activities. Read more...
Regulations and Funding
Riverwalk development requires a partnership between the City and riverfront property owners. A Master Plan, Design Guidelines, and an Overlay Zone guide its creation and implementation.
In exchange for permanent public access, the City provides financial assistance for the construction of individual RiverWalk improvements. Read more...
The City of Milwaukee is currently working to improve accessibility of the RiverWalk system for all to enjoy. Read more...