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Honey Creek Parkway (Mead & Hunt photo, 2007)

Honey Creek Parkway (Mead & Hunt photo, 2007)

Honey Creek Parkway bridge (Mead & Hunt photo, 2007)

Honey Creek Parkway bridge (Mead & Hunt photo, 2007)

Honey Creek Parkway
Located between State Trunk Highway 181 at Interstate 94 (I-94) and North 72nd Street, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County
Dates of construction of contributing features: 1928-1941
Designer: Alfred Boerner

The Honey Creek Parkway is centrally located in Milwaukee County. As part of the Milwaukee County parkway system, it discontinuously follows Honey Creek from its confluence with the Menomonee River in Wauwatosa south through State Fair Park and to Oklahoma Avenue in West Allis. Charles B. Whitnall included Honey Creek Parkway in his 1923 study of a county-wide parkway system, promoting the health and aesthetic benefits of urban parklands. Alfred Boerner, a Milwaukee County landscape architect and Wisconsin native, was instrumental in drawing up the plans. However, work on the Parkway was not implemented until 1932 when federal work relief efforts made development possible. Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA) labor was responsible for creek relocation and widening, road grading, bridge and road construction, and landscaping.

The property has been well maintained, and the Parkway remains historically intact. It is a strong example of parkway design, and serves as a reminder of automobile culture and recreation, as well as community development, from early twentieth century Milwaukee County.

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