Boerner Rotary Path/Circle Project



Location Boerner Botanical Gardens
(Whitnall Park – Hales Corners, WI)


 Boerner Path 1


Boerner Path 2 
The Project


A new ADA-accessible walkway is being constructed in the

Boerner Botanical Gardens, thanks to a partnership between the

Whitnall Park Rotary Club, Friends of Boerner Botanical

Gardens, the Reiman Foundation, the Holtz Foundation,

Breckenridge Landscape, and Milwaukee County. 

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Rotary Walk/Circle

occurred on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.


“Thank you to everyone who has donated their time, money,

and effort to make this incredible project come to life,”

County Executive Chris Abele said.

“Through strong community and business partnerships,

we will continue to build projects that improve our

parks and our community.”


The Rotary Walk/Circle will not only provide connections

to previously inaccessible garden collections, but also

showcase best practices in storm water management.


The meandering walkway will replace the old stairway

to the Bog Garden and will make the juniper and dwarf conifer

collections more accessible to all populations

— including the many children attending educational programs here.

The Rotary Circle plaza area will feature limestone seat walls

and a planter with a shade tree.


Continuing the Green Initiative of Milwaukee County,

the project will use permeable pavers in the construction

of both the walk and the plaza.

In 2012, Boerner Botanical Gardens received

the Rain Bird Intelligent Use of Water Award

for its rain-harvesting system,

and the Rotary Walk/Circle project expands

the sustainability efforts at the Botanical Gardens.


Engraved pavers in the Rotary Circle are

available for purchase as memorials

or in honor of individuals, families, or organizations. In the future,

memorial benches along the pathway may be available for purchase.


“We are thrilled with the progress of this project,”

said Whitnall Rotary Board Member

Jim Thorsen. “It will provide thousands of people

access to parts of the gardens formerly difficult to navigate;

it’s going to be a beautiful addition as well.”


The Whitnall Rotary Path Community Project is scheduled

for completion in spring of 2015.




Make your gift in support of this community project.

Consider buying a brick to support Phase II!
(Access the PDF document entitled, "Boerner Rotary Circle Bricks Order Form" located above left.)

Your gifts are totally tax deductible when made by …

Mail form and check to:

Whitnall Park Rotary Foundation
c/o Whitnall Park Rotary Club
P.O. Box 62
Hales Corners, WI 53130