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City plans to revamp pop-up park beneath Holton St. Bridge

CREATED Oct 14, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A downtown park closed last month despite the nice weather.

Several viewers, including one woman named Kathy, contacted TODAY'S TMJ4 to express concern about a swing park beneath the Holton St. Bridge by Water Street. The swings, they noted, provided great opportunities for family fun in an urban setting.

Then the swings started to disappear. Now we know why.

The parks designers said the pop-up park became such a swinging success that its popularity literally weighed down on the project.

The swings, first installed by a group of local artists, lacked professional design and construction.

Keith Hayes came up with the idea in September 2012 to recycle tires and turn them into swings. With a little help from Home Depot, Hayes and his crew hung up a dozen. First they tried rope, then chains - but they were no match for the dozens of visitors who swung around the park.

Hayes has since earned the support of the Department of Public Works. City officials agreed to repair the swings and professionally install them to the bridge.

While there's no definite timetable, Alderman Nik Kovac hopes the park's revamp finishes by next spring.