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Hank Aaron Trail

The Menomonee River Valley, southwest of downtown Milwaukee, is at the heart of some of the poorest neighborhoods in Wisconsin. A former industrial area and at one time the economic engine of Milwaukee, it has since has lapsed into decay, leaving behind unemployment, pollution and empty properties. To jump-start its redevelopment, the nonprofit organization Menomonee Valley Partners was created in 1999 as a public-private partnership, and has helped launch a variety of projects including trails, roads and business development.

The Hank Aaron Trail was created in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It follows the course of the river, stretching from residential neighborhoods in west Milwaukee to Lake Michigan. It provides residents with an easily accessible walking and biking trail for recreation and commuting, and connects to many parks as well as other trails over its seven-mile course.

At the outset of the project, in 1999, the White House Millennium Challenge designated the trail as Wisconsin.s Millennium Legacy Trail, in recognition of its ambitious scope and importance to the community. It is expected to be completed by 2007.


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