Potawatomi Chairman Helps Open New Park in Valley
Forest County Potawatomi Chairman Gus Frank was among the dignitaries that helped open Three Bridges Park on July 20. The park is located off Canal Street, down the road from the casino in the Menomonee Valley.
A former 24-acre rail yard was transformed into Three Bridges Park through a unique partnership between the city, state, Menomonee Valley Partners (which the Casino is a member of), Urban Ecology Center and funding partners from across the community. The Forest County Potawatomi Foundation is one of the large donors to the project.
The park creates a green space and outdoor classroom squeezed between the residential neighborhood, industry and entertainment venues in the Valley. It was previously undeveloped and inaccessible.
Three Bridges Park includes six miles of new bike and pedestrian paths, three bridges connecting the park to trails and the neighborhood, access to the river for fishing and canoeing, and is just behind the new Urban Ecology Center that offers environmental education for all ages.
In Chairman Frank’s comments he noted that the word “menomonee” in Potawatomi language means rice and that this area was once filled with rice fields, and that many people have been involved in revitalizing the Valley.
In addition to the Chairman, Kymme Goodrich also attended and helped cut the ribbon. Goodrich, Potawatomi Bingo Casino Cultural Outreach and Education Specialist, was part of the committee that selected the name of the park and planned the event.
It will take time for the seeds and plantings to grow and take hold. The park is mostly dirt today. But everyone is expecting it to blossom into the green jewel of the Valley very quickly.