Bundle up and experience an exciting winter adventure!
For the second year in a row, hardy northerners will cure their cabin fever at this winter Urban Candlelight Hike in Three Bridges Park.
Free for everyone:
- Two miles of the Hank Aaron State Trail will be lit with candlelight for hiking or snowshoeing – this event will take place with or without snow! Trails open from 5:30-8:30pm.
- Roaring campfires – there’s a new campfire along the trail this year in Three Bridges Park!
- Gourmet s’mores bars from REI Co-op at the Fireside Plaza (while supplies last!)
- 5:30-7:30pm: This is your chance to get on a fat tire or e-bike! Wheel & Sprocket will have FREE fat tire bike demos on site to try and test. All ages and abilities are welcome to stop by and check one out. See why fat tire cyclists have more fun all year round!
- 8-10pm: NEWaukee After Party at Third Space Brewing
Extras for “Fun Pass” Holders – $10:
- One free beer at the NEWaukee After Party at Third Space Brewing (for those over 21) – MUST purchase “Fun Pass” by February 2 to get your free after party beer!
- Hot chocolate and pastries at the Urban Ecology Center (while supplies last)! Bring your thermos to save on waste and to take your cocoa on your hike.
- Marshmallow roasting at the FOHAST Fireside Plaza
Three Bridges Park
Located along the Menomonee River between 27th and 37th Streets, Three Bridges Park was once part of a wild rice marsh, then a rail yard, and then a vacant site for decades. It has been transformed into Three Bridges park – a 24-acre park, outdoor science classroom for the Urban Ecology Center, and a part of the Hank Aaron State Trail. Some say that it’s a place you can escape the city without ever leaving it.
- The park features:
- Two miles of accessible biking and walking trails
- River access for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking
- 42 community gardens
- Three bike/pedestrian bridges
This event is organized by three nonprofits and it wouldn’t be possible with the help and support from volunteers! Volunteers are needed to light up, clean up, and keep this event safe for all hikers! Not only will you be appreciated by hikers and our nonprofit staff, you’ll also get an Individual Fun Pass. For volunteer opportunities, click here.
NEWaukee volunteers are encouraged to sign up to run the 33rd Court Firepit Attendant and Way Provider. You will provide directions and answer questions for attendees, manage safety of the firepit and keep fire going. Shifts are 45 minutes long so you can enjoy the trail before or after your shift! Other volunteer opportunities include:
- Setup: 12 needed – 3:30-5:30pm
- Fireside Plaza – 45 minute shifts starting at 5:15pm
- Crossing Guards at Fireside Plaza – 45 min shifts: 8 needed
- Urban Ecology Center Greeter – 45 min shifts: 4 needed
- Photographers throughout the evening
- Cleanup: 12 needed – 8:30-9:30pm
Reach out to Jill at Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail with any questions!