Milwaukee's hidden 'urban oasis' opens this weekend
MILWAUKEE - Located between the Milwaukee River and the Oak Leaf Trail on the city's east side, the new Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum is truly a sight to see.
There are rolling hills, access to the river, a forest, and miles of trails. The grand opening is Saturday.
"It's a wonderful sanctuary," said Rotary Club of Milwaukee President Kathie Eilers. "This is our gift to the community."
The rotary club funded the 40-acre park to mark its 100th anniversary.
"It's an urban oasis," said Eilers. "You have no idea you're inside the middle of the city. It's a wonderful sanctuary."
An endangered Oak Savannah Prairie Ecosystem now sits in the arboretum.
"You can fish, hike and do all the things you can do up north but right here in Milwaukee," said Urban Ecology Center Executive Director Ken Leinbach. "Every year, it'll look different."