Archives for January 2017

Wednesday, February 1st meeting with Mayor Barrett

Exciting February 1st meeting planned! Please join us and bring your neighbors and friends.  Mayor Barrett will address the issue of lead in our drinking water at 7PM sharp.  He is open to answer any other questions which are important to you and our neighborhood.  As per usual, Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro will provide yummy fresh-baked cookies and coffee at 6:30pm.  So, come early and enjoy meeting more of your neighbors.

Meeting will be held in the Marcia Coles Community Room of Lake Park Pavilion (lower level).

New Website Focuses on Threatened, Historic Lake Park Ravine Road Pedestrian Bridge

A concerned East Side resident recently developed and launched a beautiful new website dedicated to the iconic but threatened 1905-1906 pedestrian bridge than spans Lake Park‘s Ravine Road.

The website contains many resources, including information on the bridge’s condition and history, and why it faces potential demolition. The site also includes numerous images, including historic postcards and recent photos.

Although a study last year deemed the bridge safe for pedestrian use, county officials recently closed the bridge, citing a different interpretation of that study.

The county has budgeted only $500,000 for what it estimates as a $2.5 million project. It has said area residents should raise the additional $2 million. Neighborhood groups have said they would not be able to raise the funds.

In a recent article in, the website’s creator, graphic designer Rebecca Silber (who lives in the HWTN neighborhood), said:

“My only connections are personal – as a neighbor, and as an artist who appreciates historic buildings and structures. This website is completely neutral, and meant to be used as a resource – that was my true intention in creating it. I wanted to get information out there, to those who may not have information about the Ravine Road Bridge.”

“When the bridge was abruptly closed last month, I had questions,” she says. “As I went around seeking answers, I was getting answers, but I still felt helpless. I asked what I could do to help spread the word about the bridge and was told that I could use my talents to design a website about the bridge.”

“My personal hopes are that the current bridge can be preserved. I would be extremely sad if the bridge was destroyed,” she says. “Its design and engineering is historically significant and it’s believed to be one of the only bridges on which the renowned Milwaukee architects collaborated.

WISN-TV (Channel 12) also broadcast a story about the website and interviewed Rebecca.

HWTN’s website also includes a number of articles and resources on the bridge issue. They can be found via our search engine, using the word “bridge.”



Januauay 11th meeting to focus on HWTN future


The first HWTN meeting of 2017 will take place on January 11 at 7pm at Lake Park Bistro and will focus on the future of our organization.

Group discussion will tentatively include the following topics:

* Review HWTN mission and bylaws
* Identify issues and set goals
* Review expectations and support available (new volunteer list)
* Discussion on how we can be more effective

There will also be a brief update from the HWTN Safety Committee.

As usual, we’ll meet in the Marcia Coles Community Room, which is in the lower level of Lake Park Pavilion beneath Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. Come a little early for coffee and cookies courtesy of Bartolotta’s.

Members will receive the meeting agenda by email. Not a member? Well, now’s the time to join or renew!