Arboretum project begins

An event Tuesday celebrated the start of work to create the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum, which is expected to open in 2013.
The arboretum, a project of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, will be a 40-acre natural area along the Milwaukee River from North Avenue to Locust Street, stretching upward through Riverside Park. It will be bounded on the west by the Milwaukee River and the east by the Oak Leaf Trail. Wheelchair accessible trails – 3.5 miles in all – will run through the area, connecting the river trails to the community.
To create the arboretum more than 1,000 trees will be planted, replacing gravel and brush that now consume the property. The first tree was planted at the event on Tuesday.



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