Erie Street Plaza

Erie Street Plaza 665 E Erie St

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Erie Street Plaza

Erie Street Plaza is a park and public square in the Historic Third Ward. Opening in 2010, the plaza is connected to the Milwaukee Riverwalk and situated at the place where the Milwaukee River and Kinnickinnic River meet, just west of the entrance to the Milwaukee Harbor from Lake Michigan. The Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee Pierhead Lighthouse are located to the east of the plaza and are visible from it.


After a design competition, a proposal from Stoss Landscape Urbanism, a firm in Boston, was selected as the winner. The plaza design features native prairie plants, yellow fiberglass benches that are illuminated at night, and several pathways with edges that blend into the vegetation. The original plans included installations of heated bamboo plants, but due to the cost and challenges of growing bamboo in Milwaukee's climate, this idea was changed to include quaking aspen trees instead. The plaza also utilizes the water around it by using river water for plant irrigation and providing points where visitors can go fishing.

The plaza was completed in 2010 with a final cost of approximately $580,000 and is currently maintained by the Historic Third Ward Association.

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