Milwaukee County Parks

NEW ACCESS TO PARKS ADMINISTRATION - Access from Watertown Plank Road was permanently closed January 6, 2014
The Parks Administration Building is accessible from Discovery Parkway, the north/south road running between Watertown Plank Road and Swan Boulevard. GPS units may not reflect the new access. Read more about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zoo Interchange Project.  


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This week in the Parks  -  January 19 - 25, 2015

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Music Under Glass Concert Series
Enjoy live concerts every Thursday night through March 19 at the Mitchell Park Domes!


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2015 Disc Golf Annual Bag Tag Permits On Sale
Purchase your 2015 Annual Permit Bag Tags! Valid at our pay-to-play courses: Brown Deer, Dineen, Dretzka, Estabrook, and Root River Parkway South.


Winter Sports
Snow and cold are here... so, if you can't beat it, join it and have fun in your parks. Stay tuned for updates on sledding, skating, skiiing, snowshoeing and more!


Chinese Youth Dance Group

Chinese New Year at The Domes
Join the Milwaukee Chinese Community Center in celebration of Year of the Sheep. 
Throughout the weekend, enjoy traditional folk music, dance, martial arts, arts and crafts, and authentic foods.

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Slice of Ice Open
Milwaukee's favorite outdoor ice skate rink in the heart of downtown is open for the season - weather permitting. Voted Best Place to Skate three years in a row!


Farmer's Market Carrots

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market
Select from a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, bakery, poultry and meats at The Domes on Saturday mornings.


Kids Programs at Wehr Nature Center
Children enjoy a variety of activities that lead to discoveries in nature. Programs available for ages 2-6.
  - Little Wonders (Age 2 & 3)
  - NatureNauts (Age 4-6)



Candle-Lit Ski Walk at Kletzsch Park
Join the Friends of Kletzsch Park for this annual event


Owl Prowl for Scouts at Wehr Nature Center
Join a Naturalist to discover the habits and amazing adaptations of our common Owl neighbors.  After an indoor introduction, we will explore the woodlands and fields.


Dog Sled Rides

Door County Sled Dogs
Come experience the sled dogs! Visit with the dogs, ask the mushers questions, take pictures and then enjoy an actual dog sled ride around the trail.

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DIY Workshop: Spa Night
Learn how to use common ingredients to create natural spa products to rejuvenate your body and soul at Wehr Nature Center. Enjoy friends and family and then take home your made-from-scratch items!


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The Rock Snow Parks
Winter fun activities for people of all ages. Spend the day skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing!


Winterfest at BBG
Join the Friends for an outdoor guided walk or for indoor children's activities and a bowl of chili!

Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

The Domes


The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes. Open 365 days a year!
 - Story Time for Children (Ages 3-8 years)
  Monday mornings 10:00 a.m.



Classes & Programs at Boerner Botanical Gardens
Learn at a variety of adult, family, and children's classes, workshops, walks, and special programs at the historic Boerner Botanical Gardens. 

Wehr Nature Center
Explore the natural environment of Wehr Nature Center through hikes, classes, and special events.



Sign up to receive special-offer emails or texts from our golf courses.
Courses are closed, but stay tuned to our Course Conditions

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2015 Dog Exercise Area Permits on Sale
Get your 2015 Dog Exercise Areas annual admission permits now. Buy a 2015 permit and get the rest of 2014 free! Good at all seven Dog Exercise Areas.





Open Play Gym at The Sports Complex
Come out and play at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin. A great place to practice and exercise!


Fun Runs
Run with the Badgerland Striders!
Train with the best, run with the best, be the best!

Public Skate at Wilson Ice Arena
Come can skate year-round on our indoor,  standard NHL-sized rink groomed ice. Great way to have fun with the family!





 Parks Happenings   

I-794 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Lincoln Memorial Drive Closed through Fall 2015
As part of the Hoan Bridge project, the exit ramp to Lincoln Memorial Drive will be closed. The LMD southbound entrance ramp to I-794 East (Southbound) will also close during this time.
See the WI DOT website for details



Parks Future Planning Process
Learn more about Milwaukee County Parks 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam PARK PLANNING
   - Estabrook Park Dam Project

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   - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal

Milwaukee River Parkway Closure
In Lincoln Park

Milwaukee River Parkway will be closed from Mon., Nov. 3 through Spring of 2015. The Parkway will be closed to traffic from Hampton Avenue to Lawn Avenue, with local access to residences south of Lawn. See the map for details


Lake Park Bridge and Ravine Road Closures
Beginning Mon., Dec. 8, 2014,  The Lake Park bridge above Ravine Road and Ravine Road will be closed for maintenance. Watch this page for updates.


Emerald Ash Borer

What is it? Is it affecting your trees? How can you help prevent the spread?

DO NOT MOVE firewood out of the quarantine counties.

  • Buy firewood near camp sites or from a state-certified firewood vendor. See the vendor list
  • Learn the signs of EAB infestation at
  • Report ash trees showing signs of infestation. Call the EAB hotline at 1-800-462-2803 or email

Forestry Work & Construction:  
Work to improve safety along the OLT will involve intermittent closures of trail segments with minor rerouting.




Eagle Projects
Boy Scouts earn the highest rank by completing projects in the Parks.





Conservation Leadership Corps
Connecting with nature, learning leadership skills, and working as a team.



Become a Partner of the Parks
Build a successful business partnership with the Parks

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