Fund acquires Milwaukee River parcel for Arboretum

The River Revitalization Foundation (RRF), Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust, has closed on the purchase of an additional riverfront property on Riverboat Road with assistance from The Conservation Fund’s Land Trust Loan Program.

The half-acre parcel, adjacent to the organization’s three-acre “Wheelhouse” Park along the Milwaukee River, is a critical piece to close the gap between the Riverwalk downtown and the 800-acre river valley upstream.

Both parcels combined will provide additional access to the river and a southern entrance to the Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum on the east bank. The River Revitalization Foundation, with the Urban Ecology Center, is a partner in the creation of the first urban arboretum of its kind in Milwaukee.

The organization acquired the latest parcel from Faiza B1 Properties LLC.

The mission of the River Revitalization Foundation is to establish a parkway for public access, walkways, recreation and education bordering the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers. The organization intends to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods and to improve water quality.

Through its Land Trust Loan Program, The Conservation Fund provides bridge financing and real estate expertise that make it possible for land trusts to protect historic farms, natural areas, favorite parks and more.

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