TERRA was retained as part of a Master Engineering Services contract with the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works to develop the preliminary design and illustrative renderings for a proposed regional detention basin to be located in Copernicus Park. The detention basin is designed to alleviate local flooding and stormwater issues while serving as a recreational amenity for the residents in the surrounding neighborhood.

TERRA utilized initial stormwater design models prepared by the City of Milwaukee to establish a footprint for a detention basin that respected the natural character of the site. The design focused on preservation of existing trees and minimizing necessary earthwork, all while creating an amenity that served both active and passive recreation.

The proposed feature includes an outdoor amphitheater and an educational signage program that provides information about proposed native and wetland vegetation. The design also includes a plaza focused upon the history of the park’s namesake, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, including a life-sized sun dial. Finally, a proposed pedestrian trail will help improve connectivity throughout the park while bringing park goers through the naturalized landscape.


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