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Interim Plaza Program


Interim plazas transform underutilized streets or areas of streets into public spaces using low-cost materials, such as paint, movable planters, flexible delineator posts, and seating. Interim plazas reconfigure space that might otherwis be underutilized or unnecessary for automobile traffic, or unsafe for people walking. Partnerships with business improvement districts or community groups are vital to the success and sustainability of these spaces. Interim plazas can range in complexity from eliminating a right turn slip lane to completely shutting down a section of a street to through traffic. Interim plazas also serve as low-cost trials to evaluate more permanent changes to streets and right of way. 

The Gathering Places Feasibility Study identified several opportunities to grow Milwaukee's network of gather places; interim plazas were one of those opportunities. Learn about other opportunities: 

Gathering Places Feasibility Study


Guidelines and Application Instructions 

Interim Plaza Program Guidelines

Applications are processed through Accela:



Grant Program 

In 2023, DPW awarded interim plaza grants to the following three organizations:


Muskego Way Forward: 16th & Forest Home 

East Side Business Improvement District: Ivanhoe Plaza

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: Butterfly Park plaza (note: this plaza will be installed in 2024)



Contact Us


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 Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building 841 North Broadway, Room 501 Milwaukee, WI 53202 

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