Few Options for Flooding Issue on Popular Scout Lake Path
Milwaukee County says it has taken a look at a popular walking path on county-owned land in Greendale and is exploring options that don’t include wading boots for walkers attempting to gain access to Scout Lake and nearby playground.
The 60th Street access path is bounded by cattails and is prone to frequent flooding making it unusable for portions of the year. This has led to concerns expressed by many residents, neighbors and walkers. The issue was even raised at the Village Trustee Candidate Forum held on March 23.
“This should be addressed,” says Greendale resident Katy Einerson McIntyre. “When it is dry it is a great path to the playground that makes it accessible for a lot of families and kids. This path allows people to enter the park without using Loomis or walking in the woods. When it floods like this, it can usually be standing water for over a week.”
Milwaukee County says it is currently seeking cost estimates for the installation of an ADA accessible board walk. The County says it can’t fix the current path and would need to seek funding for any improvement.
“The Parks Planning Division has and will continue to monitor and look for the best solution to connecting the neighborhood to the park,” Guy Smith, Chief of Operations for Milwaukee County Parks told Everything Greendale.
According to Smith, some of the solutions are to eliminate the walkway and restore the wetland, build a new walk at a higher elevation or build a boardwalk to provide a connection from the park to the neighborhood.
The County seems to learning toward the boardwalk.
“Our planning team is obtaining cost estimates for the installation of an ADA accessible boardwalk,” Smith explained. “In addition they are simultaneously working to address an encroachment issue on park land at Scout Lake. Please note that two important components to this, is that we need the proper permitting as well as funding for this project.”
Everything Greendale will follow this story as it develops.