Urban Candlelight Hike to Happen in Three Bridges Park

The first ever Urban Candlelight Hike in Three Bridges Park will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Hundreds have the ability to enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the best of winter in the heart of Milwaukee including many fun outdoor activities, and special indoor events.

Mayor Barrett says, “The Urban Candlelight Hike is inviting people to get outdoors and enjoy our Midwest winter in the award-winning Three Bridges Park. I’m happy to see people come together and enjoy this great community space all year long.”

Urban Candlelight Hike Details

  • Free admission to the park to hike or snowshoe on two miles of candlelit trails
  • A roaring campfire and free marshmallow roasting
  • An all-you-can-eat pizza dinner buffet and drink specials for purchase
  • Free tea tasting, hot chocolate, and churros
  • Guided walks with bilingual guides
  • An after-party with NEWaukee at Third Space Brewing
  • Event will take place with or without snow

Glenna Holstein, Branch Manager with the Urban Ecology Center, values the opportunity to bring together a diverse group of people. “Three Bridges Park is an incredible space. It's unique because of the way it is connected to the urban landscape; a connection that will be on full display during the upcoming Urban Candlelight Hike. It's not uncommon to stand on one of the bridges in the park and hear on one side the sounds of a manufacturing facility while on the other side hear the persistent chattering of a kingfisher as it swoops to catch a fish in the river. Layer in the dimension of nighttime and candlelight and you've got a recipe for something you truly won't experience anywhere else!” 

Dan Adams, President of Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, said, “The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail are looking forward to the public’s exploration of this great trail during a different season and time of day than most users have experienced. I think people will be surprised at the beauty that is evident under the night sky in the middle of winter."

Employees at Palermo’s Pizza are excited about the Candlelight Hike, according to Angelo Fallucca, chief operating officer and board member of Menomonee Valley Partners. “When Palermo’s moved to the Menomonee Valley in 2006, there wasn’t much development on the west end, but today the area has been transformed into a beautiful urban park that helps Valley businesses attract great talent. We love seeing so many people visit Three Bridges Park and the Hank Aaron State Trail all year long. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors to warm up by our wood-fired pizza oven and enjoy great pizza in Pizzeria 3301.”

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