Downtown Milwaukee has a new park. The pocket park known as Preservation Park is located in the heart of the former Pabst Brewing Complex, at 925 W. Juneau Ave., and honors the legacy of the one-time brewing giant.
The area today has been largely redeveloped, following Pabst’s abrupt closing in 1996. Preservation Park is one of the final pieces in resurrecting the area, a project started by the late Joseph Zilber in 2006.
Zilber was discussed just as much as the park at a grand opening ceremony held Friday afternoon. With many members of the Zilber family in attendance, Zilber Ltd. executive vice president John Kersey praised the many people responsible for bringing the redevelopment to life. Those getting credit included park designer David Hill, Brewery project manager Dan McCarthy, long-time Zilber vice president Mike Mervis, and Jim and Karen Haertel, who own and operate Best Place and originally secured a purchase option on the entire Pabst complex way back on September 11th, 2001.