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A new Oak Leaf Trail segment is planned for Milwaukee's south side thanks to a $450K grant targeting underserved communities

Aug 20, 2021

Video: Biking the Red Cedar State Trail The Red Cedar State Trail is a 14.5-mile rail-trail that runs along the Red Cedar River south of Menomonie. Chelsey Lewis The Oak Leaf Trail is getting one mile of new off-road trail, thanks to a grant from the National Park Service. While the new mile represents less than 1% of the 130-mile system, the link is in an area of the city where just 8% of residents live within biking distance of a trail, compared with 24% across the entire city, according to a 2017 study from the nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Milwaukee County Parks plans to add the new trail to the Oak Leaf's Kinnickinnic Line between 16th and 27th streets on the city's south side, where the trail follows city streets and paths through the KK Sports Center. The plan also calls for tree plantings, rain gardens and renovation of outdoor recreation facilities along the corridor. The Parks Department expects to begin trail design in 2022 and construction in 2023. The $453,954 grant to complete the work is coming from the NPS'  Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program , which is funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund and was created by Congress in 2014 to expand outdoor recreation opportunities in underserved communities. The Oak Leaf Trail project was one of 19 grant recipients across the country, and the only one in Wisconsin, in this round of funding. “The Kinnickinnic Line is a vital trail connection on the south side, but it needs some love, as much of it is currently on-road. This grant will help to greatly improve safety and access for trail users on the south side, better serve the Latinx community of Milwaukee and provide a great recreational area for families,” Jessica Wineberg, trails coordinator for Milwaukee County Parks, said in a news release. “Together with the additional work on the Kinnickinnic River watershed by MMSD, the Kinnickinnic Line is going to be in much better shape in a few years,”  The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District released its  Kinnickinnic River Flood Management Plan  in 2017. The $390 million project  to improve the river's watershed included ripping out concrete along the riverbed that contributed to dangerous flooding and water quality issues, and improving park facilities in Pulaski and Jackson parks. More trail access for more people The Kinnickinnic Line of the Oak Leaf Trail is one of two trail connections that the RTC identified in a 2017 study as being vital to increasing trail equity in Milwaukee. The study, “Reconnecting Milwaukee,” found that neighborhoods experiencing inequality in Milwaukee  — those where a concentration of the population lives under the poverty line, is unemployed, does not have a high school degree, does not own a vehicle and is either Black or Hispanic — disproportionately lack access to biking and walking facilities. Across the entire city, 8% of residents live within walking distance of a trail (0.5 miles) and 24% live within biking distance (2 miles). But in neighborhoods that experience inequality, those numbers drop to 3% and 8%. The study found that adding two trail corridors and extensions of existing trails in neighborhoods most lacking access — along the Kinnickinnic River on the south side, and along the 30th Street Corridor on the north side — would increase the citywide numbers to 14% and 59%, and 11% and 66% in the neighborhoods experiencing inequality. In January, the RTC and other groups released a feasibility study on the 30th Street Corridor and found it would be possible to develop a 6.7-mile paved trail from Havenwoods State Forest on Silver Spring Drive to the Hank Aaron State Trail on Bud Selig Drive. That trail is far from being a reality, however. Both trails would be vital links in the RTC's Route of the Badger,  a project aimed at connecting trails in southeastern Wisconsin to create a regional 700-mile trail network. The route, which includes the Oak Leaf Trail, currently has 340 miles of trail. Contact Chelsey Lewis at  clewis@journalsentinel.com . Follow her on Twitter at @chelseylew and  @TravelMJS and Facebook at Journal Sentinel Travel . Our subscribers make this reporting possible. Please consider supporting local journalism by subscribing to the Journal Sentinel at jsonline.com/deal .

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