Hidden Lake Greenway Trail in Brookfield, WI, Receives a 2021 Project of the Year Award

May 12, 2021


The project is honored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA)

Hidden Lake Greenway Trail in Brookfield, Wis., was recently selected to receive a 2021 Project of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). raSmith collaborated with the City of Brookfield Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department to design the trail and provide planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, surveying, and construction services for the project.

Hidden Lake Greenway Trail is part of the city’s extensive Greenway Trail System, providing public access to the newly constructed Hidden Lake Park and offering panoramic viewsheds to the lake (a former quarry) and surrounding landscape. The site was previously inaccessible due to steep side slopes, up to 75 feet in some areas, created by overburden from a closed quarry and required a substantial amount of earthmoving, filling, and restoration. The trail linkage is unique because it connects an eastern section of Brookfield to western areas of the city with a half-mile long recreational trail instead of a street.

“This project was a longtime vision of Bill Kolstad, retired director of parks, recreation & forestry, and the City of Brookfield Parks and Recreation Commission,” said Tom Mortensen, raSmith site planner/landscape architect. “We are proud to be part of this exciting and important project, which enhances the outdoor recreational opportunities for the Brookfield community.”

Hidden Lake Greenway Trail also received a 2020 Park Design Award from the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association.

Learn more about raSmith’s services for the Hidden Lake Greenway Trail project.

About the APWA Wisconsin Chapter Project of the Year Awards
The Project of the Year Award recognizes the partnership between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/ engineer, and the contractor who, working together, effectively complete public works projects.