View from the Sky!

Michael Snowden flies Reflo’s drone and photographs Milwaukee sites that could be transformed with green infrastructure.

Michael Snowden flies Reflo’s drone and photographs Milwaukee sites that could be transformed with green infrastructure.

Reflo’s Michael Snowden and Justin Hegarty took our drone to the sky over Milwaukee to survey some potentially exciting sites that could be collaboratively developed with green stormwater infrastructure as part of our Innovative Placemaking program.

First stop: 29th and Melvina to take stock of some city-owned parcels just off the 30th Street Corridor. There is an opportunity to capture stormwater from the surrounding neighborhood and integrate it into new park and play features. The area was formerly occupied by A.O. Smith.

Then we flew above Fondy Park, just northeast of Fond du Lac and North Avenue, already a sterling example of innovative placemaking. Here there is the opportunity to capture even more stormwater from another roof over the popular farmers market. With the prospect of a new hotel across the street, we are also excited about the whole area.

Running Rebels’ headquarters, just north of Fond du Lac and Walnut, is also in an interesting area from a green stormwater management perspective. Stormwater from the street drains down toward the cul-du-sac just south of Running Rebels HQ and just north of the busy intersection. It’s worth exploring how that whole area could be modified to create a space meaningful for the public and able to capture stormwater. And imagine if the rooftop deployed solar panels!

Learn more about Reflo’s Innovative Placemaking program here.