We preserve green space along Milwaukee's Rivers
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; to use the rivers to revitalize surrounding neighborhoods; and to improve water quality.
From the past to the future, we are committed to the return of this vital natural resource for all as Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust.
Our long-term vision is to transform the urban landscape using the river as a focal point. As a land trust, the River Revitalization Foundation will impact our quality of life through neighborhood restoration, economic vitality, conservation of natural areas, and creation of public access to these natural areas and open spaces.
The River Revitalization Foundation advocates environmental conservation, public access and sensitive recreation in metro Milwaukee’s river watersheds. To address critical land use issues and further the greenway concept, our primary focus includes ensuring:
Preservation of the River Valley
Preservation of green space in a dense urban area
Riparian buffers against encroaching development
Links with neighborhoods on both sides of the river
Conservation of critical habitat and wildlife areas
By convening partners with shared vision, values and mission, we can influence planning decisions made along this corridor.
The River Revitalization Foundation was founded in 1994 by two of the larger service clubs in Wisconsin: Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Established by the Milwaukee River Revitalization Council, appointed by Gov. Thompson in the 1980s to advise the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources about improving the environmental quality of the Milwaukee River Basin, the Foundation implements recommendations found in the Riverway Plan (1991), our guiding document. The plan’s main objectives are to create a greenway, build trails, increase public access, restore habitat, and educate the public.
Over our 25-year history, we have protected 821 acres, including establishing the Milwaukee River Greenway, created 5 miles of riverfront trail connections, planted 1,000s of native trees and plants, restored over 45 acres of habitat, engaged 100s of students and volunteers, invested over $5 million in the river valley. By preserving open space in urban areas , we have relief, through access to these spaces, from the intensity and pace of a dense urban environment. The community benefits from healthy soil, clean air, clean water, enhancing our quality of life, right here in the city.