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Would you like to see the Ravine Road reopened after the bridge above it is repaired? (PHOTO: Lake Park Friends)

Petition seeks support for keeping Lake Park's Ravine Road open to all

The Ravine Road – which snakes through Lake Park from up where Newberry Boulevard meets the park down to Lincoln Memorial Drive – has been closed for years while Milwaukee County has figured out what to do about the endangered Ferry & Clas-designed bridge that spans it.

As part of discussions to replace or repair the bridge – a grant in late 2018 will help achieve the latter – there has also been talk of keeping the curvaceous and wooded Ravine Road closed to traffic.

Recently, a petition was launched at asking supporters of keeping the road open to sign.

The petition was part of a Lake Park Friends resolution in support of maintaining the road as a byway for all users, says new Lake Park Friends President Jan Uebelherr.

"Preservation is our mission," Uebelherr says, "but we also live in the modern day world, and we were mindful of that. So we adopted the resolution, which we feel includes acknowledgment of neighborhood concerns that traffic can at times be an issue.

"The park is a historic place and has undergone changes over the years but as someone said, you can only take so many bites out of the apple before you don't have much left. We consulted three historic preservation experts."

Uebelherr says that there now appears to be some movement on the project, which spurred the Lake Park Friends board to action.

"The county has done some cost estimates," she says, "so the wheels are beginning to turn. We discussed it at length as a board and decided we needed to get take a stand, as we did with the bridge."

A request for comment from District 3 County Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman did not receive a response by post time.

The petition currently has 1,648 signatures.

"We've been stunned, frankly, at not just the numbers but the sentiment," she says, just five days into her tenure as Lake Park Friends president. "People signed and added their thoughts. So many people have memories of this road and want it preserved.

"On the Facebook post, last time I looked, it had reached something like 6,000-plus people. Of the comments there, the overwhelming majority were in favor of keeping the road a road. This is something people really care about. And most people want to keep it."


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