Park System Master Plan and Park & Open Space Plan

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Parks with Purpose: Parks Master Planning


The Milwaukee County Parks Department is launching Parks with Purpose, a campaign that recognizes a period of intense planning to position the Milwaukee County park system for continued, expanded success in 2017 and beyond. Your input will be vital as we develop these two interrelated major plans in partnership with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and Pros Consulting:

  • 10-year Parks System Master Plan
    This plan is a shorter-term plan that will provide recommendations for facilities, programs and services, maintenance and operations, administration, and management of the Milwaukee County Park System.

  • 2050 Park & Open Space Plan
    This plan will address long-range considerations including the preservation of environmental corridors, conservation lands, and recreational use of water bodies, and will make recommendations on the distribution of parks facilities throughout the County based on anticipated population scenarios. Additionally, the 2050 Park & Open Space Plan will serve as an update to the 1991 Milwaukee County Park and Open Space Plan.

Both plans will support Milwaukee County’s vision as a model government in the way it serves residents and strengthens community.  

Engaging the Community
To achieve best-in-class performance, we need to know what we are doing right and what areas can be improved. Input opportunities to date have included:

  • Focus Groups
  • Statistically Valid Household Survey (issued in August 2016 and now closed)
  • Online Survey (issued in October 2016 and now closed))
  • Public Workshops 
    The Park System Master Planning Community Workshops presentation was shared at the following locations:
       Kosciuszko Park Community Center (9/13/16)
       Lake Park Marcia Coles Community Room (9/14/16)
       Wilson Park Pavilion (9/15/16)
       Brown Deer Park Golf Clubhouse (9/20/16)
       Gordon Park Pavilion(9/21/16)
       Dineen Park Pavilion (9/22/16)
       Sheridan Park Pavilion (9/27/16)
       McCarty Park Pavilion (10/4/16)
       Center Street Park Community Room (10/5/16)
  • AND your contacting us!
    Email: Contact Parks with Purpose
    Call: (414) 257-PARK (7275)
    Write: Parks with Purpose–Milwaukee County Parks, 9480 Watertown Plan Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Both plans will support Milwaukee County’s vision as a model government in the way it serves residents and strengthens community. Many thanks for providing your input! 

Understanding Community Needs & Wants
In the summer of 2016, ETC Institute administered a household survey on behalf of Milwaukee County Parks to support the Parks with Purpose master planning campaign. Based in Kansas, ETC is a leading expert in the administration of statistically-valid household surveys specifically in the field of parks and recreation. The household survey was administered as part of the County’s efforts to create two master plans: the 10-Year Parks System Master Plan and the 2050 Park & Open Space Plan. The results of the 2016 household survey will aid the County’s resident-driven planning approach to identify future priorities related to the long-term sustainability of the parks, trails, and recreation facilities that make up the world-class Milwaukee County Park System.


Envisioning the Future
Incorporating community input and analysis to shape the drafts of the plans

Realizing the Vision
Finalizing the long-term implementation plan


Related Documents

Press Releases / Updates

Memorandum of Understanding

10-Year Park System Master Plan Documents

2050 Park & Open Space Plan Documents


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