Milwaukee County Parks

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 This week in the Parks:  Feb. 12 - 18, 2018
Railroad to Wonderland - Garden Train Show

Railroad to Wonderland - Garden Train Show
EXTENDED HOURS: Thursdays, through March 15, 9 a.m.– 9 p.m.
Take a trip to a land that becomes curiouser and curiouser! The Floral Show Dome features G-scale trains winding their way on four sets of track. Travel along the quiet riverbank near Alice’s house, down the rabbit hole, and through the looking glass to the world of the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts.
Read about the show and special events

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Slice of Ice Skate Rink in Red Arrow Park
Skate in the heart of downtown Milwaukee! Skate for FREE when you bring your own skates!

Indoor Pools Swimiing

Indoor Pools
Come for a swim at Noyes or Pulaski Indoor Pools! Lap swim, water exercise, and open swim all winter long! 

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Open Gym at the Sports Complex
Come burn off some energy! Courts are set up for various activities, including soccer, baseball, and volleyball!

Wilson Rec Ice Skating

Public Skate at Wilson Ice Arena
Bring your friends for public skate on the indoor, NHL-sized rink. Rental skates and group rates available!


Winter Sports in the Parks
Ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and more!


Dog Exercise Area Permits
Enjoy the Dog Exercise Areas in the parks—where you and your human can run free! The 2018 Tags are available for purchase online or at these locations!

Disc Golf in Milwaukee County Parks

Disc Golf Permits 
Buy your 2018 Disc Golf Permit Tags —available for purchase online
The Dretzka Park Winter Disc Golf Course is open!


Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market

Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market 
The indoor market has begun its Saturday-morning season at The Domes Annex. Come early to shop, then use the Veggie Valet—a coat check for your purchases—and visit The Domes.

Park Worker mowing at Lake Park

Work for The Parks this Summer
Applications are now being accepted for these seasonal positions:

  • Lifeguard
  • Food Service Operator
  • Park Worker (Operations)
 Parks Happenings   
Do NOT feed the deer!

Do NOT feed the deer!
State DNR bans feeding deer in Milw. Co.

A deer found in West Allis tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. To prevent the spread of the disease, the State DNR has issued a 3-year ban on feeding deer in Milw. Co. Violation of the ban may result in a fine of $350-$750.  Read more

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Oak Leaf Trail at Watertown Plank Road Closures
The Oak Leaf Trail will be closed for 3-4 days between 11/8 – 11/15 for removing underdeck forms from the bridge deck. The closures will only occur if operations occur overhead and are required for public safety. Closure dates depend on work progress and weather.

Detour from the Northeast
Detour from the Southwest

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Trail Closures/Detours
During Zoo-Interchange I-94 Bridge over Underwood Creek 

Please follow detour signage for segments of the Hank Aaron State Trail as well as segments of the Deer Creek Trail.

Due to the weather, repaving the Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trails will be postponed until Spring 2018. The Oak Leaf Trail will remain open throughout the winter, and the Deer Creek Trail will remain closed.  See the update

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East Side Oak Leaf Trail Closure to Begin Jan. 29
(From just north of East Belleview Place
to just south of North Prospect Avenue)
01/25/18 Update: Phase I drainage-system construction will close the trail segment between the Urban Ecology Center and the Colectivo Lakefront location, beginning Monday, Jan. 29. The trail will be signed for detours. No access will be permitted to this segment during Phase I. The closure is anticipated to last about 5 weeks—the duration of the closure depends on weather conditions and work progress.

Project Summary
Proposed Detour

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Intermittent Oak Leaf Trail Closures / Detour
Beginning July 6 and continuing for about a year, DOT construction on the Watertown Plank Road Bridge Project will cause intermittent closures of the OLT between 115th Street and Underwood Creek Parkway. Closures, due to risk of falling debris, are expected to last 1-2 days at a time. See plan for detour.

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

  Parks with Purpose

Parks with Purpose
This Parks campaign brings together two major planning efforts: the 10-Year Parks Master Plan and the 2050 Park & Open Space Plan. The Department is engaging the community in the process. 


Lake Park Bridge and Ravine Road
The Lake Park bridge above Ravine Road is open to pedestrian-only traffic. Ravine Road is closed until further notice. 

  Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam


 - KK River Parkway Reconstruction: South 76 Street to West Cleveland Avenue



Ravine Restoration in Warnimont Park
On the east side of South Lake Drive, north of Ramsey, restoration work is expected to be completed in 2018. Please stay out of areas where vegetation is being established.


Service Projects
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.

  Emerald Ash Borer
Dec. 2017: Trees affected by EAB are currently being removed from the north side of McCarty Park. We will replant impacted areas with a diverse selection of trees as part of our ongoing resource-management practices.

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





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