Swing park celebrates grand re-opening under Holton Street Bridge
MILWAUKEE -- Kids will have a ball, and the new look park already seems to bring out the kid in everybody.
"I just think it's so cool," quipped Tony Hackett, a young professional who lives nearby. "It looks really great."
Mayor Tom Barrett helped unveil the new-look swing park under the Holton Street Bridge on Milwaukee's east side, across from Trocadero restaurant. The park features a dozen swings -- all made from recycled tires -- attached to the street bridge above.
The swings first popped up last year when local artist Keith Hayes decided to explore the space and conduct what he called a social experiment.
"The idea is that the structure is already there," Hayes told TODAY'S TMJ4 back in October 2013. "So if we can use the infrastructure and space for public good - why shouldn't we?"
The city agreed, but didn't trust the makeshift design and architecture.
"There was something about the way they were attached," explained Alderman Nik Kovac. "None of them had fallen down, but when we started inspecting them and we started taking them down because we could see them being unsafe."
Fast forward to the summer and the park looks revitalized, as city engineers tightened every bolt and fastened every chain. There is even a handicap accessible swing that enables anyone in a wheelchair to enjoy.