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  -  November 24 - 30, 2014

Holiday Golf Gift Card Offer
Get $20 FREE with purchase of $100 in Golf Gift Cards

Currie Golf Holiday Sale
Shop golf merchandise and save 25-75% on shirts, drivers, irons, putters, golf bags, hats, accessories and more!

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Courses are closed, but stay tuned to our Course Conditions


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Milwaukee Holiday Lights
Sugar & Spice and Everything Lights! This festival will spread holiday spirit with animated light displays in Cathedral Square, Pere Marquette Park and Zeidler Union Square, and hundreds of events.

Hike for Health - LAST HIKE OF THE YEAR
Come to Wehr Nature Center for hour-long hikes. Meet Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Fireplace Room.


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Holiday Craft and Gift Expo
Head to the Milwaukee County Sports Complex to start your holiday shopping! You will find a tremendous selection of arts and crafts. While you shop you can also enjoy a wide range of entertainment including music, dance and Santa!

Mele Kalikimaka - Holiday Floral Show

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes:
- Mele Kalikimaka Holiday Floral Show
Runs through Jan. 4, 2015
- Story Time for Children (Ages 3-8 years)
  Monday mornings 10:00 a.m.


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Buy Local Gift Fair
Buy local this holiday season at Local First Milwaukee's Gift Fair at the Mitchell Park Domes and visit all three domes while you peruse and purchase from great local vendors.

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2015 Dog Exercise Area Permits on Sale
Starting on Black Friday, Nov. 28th, the 2015 Dog Exercise Areas annual admission permits will be available for purchase. Buy a 2015 permit and get the rest of 2014 free!

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Snowflake Sale
Skip the mall and shop at the Friends of Wehr Nature Store's Snowflake Sale. Pick a snowflake and get 10%, 15% or 20% Off from Nov. 29th - Dec. 30th.

Black Friday Glow Skate
See the glow as you skate to the music (and skate off the turkey) at the Wilson Recreation Ice Arena on Black Friday!


Dog Sled Rides

Winter Sports
Snow and cold are coming... 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!

Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

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



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. 

Kids Programs at Wehr Nature Center
Children will 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)


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A Victorian Family Holiday Celebration
Enjoy a Victorian Family Holiday Celebration at the North Point Lighthouse! Crafts, Hot Chocolate and Cookies, Music, Santa and a chance to climb the lighthouse tower too!

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!


Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Santa Hustle 5K Run/Walk
- Trek WCA Cyclocross Championships
- The Ugly Sweater Run™

Lake Michigan Duck Watch
View sea birds along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The event is a free, informal watch open to all ages and levels of birding experience.


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


 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


Menomonee River Parkway: Patching
Wed., Nov. 5, the parkway will be open with lane restrictions. Patching will take place between Hoyt Park Drive and Church Street.


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.

Oak Leaf Trail Reconstruction:
Underwood Creek Parkway

The Oak Leaf Trail along the Underwood Creek Parkway
from Fairview Avenue south to Washington Avenue—will be closed for reconstruction. See the construction map or detour map



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

Walking in a dog exercise area

Warnimont Dog Exercise Area Closure
The DEA will be closed for maintenance Tue., Nov. 18 until 2 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit one of the other DEAs.




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