Focus on Friends–Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail

Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail   About the Friends
Organized in 2001 to protect the development of the Trail, the non-profit Friends group is guided by our mission of enhancing the continued development of the Hank Aaron State Trail in cooperation with the DNR and other stakeholders and to foster stewardship of the Trail corridor by:

  • Renewing, protecting and enhancing the Hank Aaron State Trail corridor,
  • Providing opportunities for recreation and education,
  • Connecting neighbors and neighborhoods, and
  • Celebrating the history and natural environment of the Menomonee Valley.
Joining the Friends offers an opportunity to play an important role in bringing the Trail to its full potential. It provides a great forum for discussion and support of the Trail, and friends also receive newsletters and advance notification of special events. Plus, volunteer opportunities exist to fit most any schedule. (Link to brochure:  http://www.hankaaronstatetrail.org/pdf/FOHAST-Membership2009-Brochure.pdf )
Volunteers have played a huge role in helping make the Hank Aaron State Trail a reality and improving the neighborhoods which the Trail touches. The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail, City of Milwaukee, and State of Wisconsin are grateful for the efforts of all the volunteers who have helped to date. The future of the Trail depends heavily on volunteers to help maintain and improve the Trail. Volunteer activities include:
  • Earth Day Clean-Up
  • Annual Spring Planting (June 6, 2015)(Photo – right)
  • On-Going Native Habitat Restoration
  • On-Going Litter Patrol
  • Annual 5k Run/Walk
The Hank Aaron State Trail passes through the City of Milwaukee's most densely populated and diverse census tracts. The Trail is within a 15 minute bike ride of over 415,000 people, of which 100,000 are children ages 18 and under.The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail have sponsored free summer Bike Adventure Camps for over 600 young people since 2008.  There are 20-25 youth, ages 10-13, in each group of five camps offered every summer. Bikes, helmets and water bottles are provided.
Stewardship "Stew Crews" are a great way for interested organizations, businesses, and neighborhood groups to care for their "own" section of trail.
The help needed includes:
  • Litter Patrol
  • Removal of Non-Native Plant Species
  • Planting of Native Species
  • Reporting of Any Trail Concerns
Each group is trained in safe techniques for accomplishing their Stew Crew duties, and coordinates its efforts with the Friends Volunteer Coordinator. Stew Crew participants receive recognition in the Friends Newsletter and by signs along the trail that recognize the efforts and faithful dedication of volunteers to their adopted trail segment.