Erie Street Plaza

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Erie Street Plaza
Erie Street Plaza.jpg
LocationMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Coordinates43°01′33″N 87°54′06″W / 43.02586°N 87.90180°W / 43.02586; -87.90180Coordinates: 43°01′33″N 87°54′06″W / 43.02586°N 87.90180°W / 43.02586; -87.90180
Area.25 acres (0.10 ha)[1]
Created2010 (2010)
DesignerStoss Landscape Urbanism
AwardsBoston Society of Landscape Architecture: Merit Award in Waterfront Design (2013)[2]
Mayor's Design Award (2011)[3]
Sunrise by Richard Edelman

Erie Street Plaza is a park and public space in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that opened in 2010.

Located in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood, the plaza is connected to the Milwaukee Riverwalk and situated at the confluence of the Milwaukee River and Kinnickinnic River, just west of the entrance to the Milwaukee Harbor from Lake Michigan; the Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee Pierhead Light are located to the east of the plaza and are visible from it.

After a design competition, a proposal from Stoss Landscape Urbanism, a Boston firm, was selected;[4] the plaza design features native prairie plants, yellow fiberglass benches that are illuminated at night, and several pathways with edges that blend into the vegetation.[4][5] The original plans included installations of heated bamboo plants, but due to the cost and challenges of maintaining bamboo in Milwaukee's climate, quaking aspen trees were used instead.[6][1] Additional aspects of the plaza's landscape architecture include the direct use of river water for plant irrigation, a reduction in surface temperature due to the vegetation, and fishing access compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.[1]

The plaza was completed in 2010 with a final cost of approximately $580,000 and is currently maintained by the Historic Third Ward Association.[4] In 2013, a steel sculpture entitled Sunrise by Richard Edelman was installed.


  1. ^ a b c PlazaMilwaukee, Erie Street; it, Wisconsin 53202Map (19 December 2013). "Erie Street Plaza". Landscape Performance Series.
  2. ^ "2013 BSLA Award Winners". Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  3. ^ "Mayor's Design Awards announced". Retrieved 2014-12-22.
  4. ^ a b c "A quick look at the Erie Street Plaza".
  5. ^ "Erie Street Plaza / StossLU". ArchDaily. 6 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Erie Street Plaza gets aspens instead of bamboo".