Milwaukee County Parks

Great Train Robbery Train Show.

RFP Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory - Future Path & Feasibility Study  
The Milwaukee County Department of Administrative Services is requesting proposals to develop an integrated feasibility study for the future path of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Proposals due March 20, 2017.


 This week in the Parks:  March 20-26, 2017
Work for The Parks! Visit our job fairs, March 24 & 25

Parks Dept to Hire Nearly 200 Seasonal Workers!
Complete an on-line application and visit one of our job fairs, where managers will be on-site ready to interview!
March 24 from noon–6 p.m.
David F. Schulz Aquatic Center in Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave.

March 25 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Holler Park Lodge, 5151 S. 6th St.

Maple Sugar Days at Wehr Nature Center

Maple Sugar Days at Wehr Nature Center
Celebrate Spring! Take a guided hike to an old-time sugarin’ camp. See tapped sugar maple trees and learn the ways clear sap was boiled down to form dark syrup. Be sure to get a sample of real maple syrup on a pancake!

Great Train Robbery - Garden Train Show at The Domes

The Great Train Robbery - Garden Train Show at The Domes  
See G-scale trains on four sets of tracks crisscrossing the miniaturized landscape of the Wild West. The show will be on view through April 2 in the Show Dome of the Mitchell Park Domes

The Domes - Open Thursday Nights

Late-Nights at The Domes
Thursday nights will be a little brighter at The Domes this winter! Light shows will be featured every Thursday through March 30th 

Milwaukee County Winter Farmer's Market Image

Milwaukee Winter Farmer's Market
Shop local vendors at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory Annex. They offer high quality fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, poultry, bakery, dairy products, and even global cuisine.


Winter Sports
Perfect for a break from work or school!

- Snow Fun in the Parks
- Swimming at the Indoor Pools
- Public Ice Skating Indoors at Wilson Park Ice Arena
- Open Play Gym at the Sports Complex


Buy your 2017 Dog Exercise Area Permits
Enjoy the Dog Exercise Areas in the parks—where you and your human can run free! The 2017 Tags are available for purchase online or at these locations!

Disc Golf in Milwaukee County Parks

Play Disc Golf 
Buy your 2017 Disc Golf Permit Tags and get ready for the spring season!
The 2017 permits are available for purchase online

 Parks Happenings   
Oak Leaf Trail logo

Winter Plowing of The Oak Leaf Trail
After a snow event, the Parks Department has a goal to have trails cleared within 36 hours.

Temporary Trail Detour During Zoo-Interchange Project
Please follow detour signage during this time


State Champion Tree at South Shore Park

State Champion Tree in South Shore Park Under Stress 
On the northern edge of South Shore Park on East Estes Street, the European Copper Beech, which is more than 100 years old and a landmark in Bay View, is showing signs of stress.

  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. 


Underwood Creek Parkway Closures
As part of the Zoo Interchange project, Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trail will have temporary closures for the demolition and reconstruction of the I-94 bridge over Underwood Creek. Closures are expected to
continue through Spring of 2018. One trail will remain open at all times.
See the alternate routes for each of these closures.

  Pursuing Excellence: CAPRA

 Pursuing Excellence: CAPRA Accreditation 2018
To sustain and strengthen the legacy of the Milwaukee County Park System, we strive to join the elite one percent—the group of agencies that have earned the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accreditation.
Also see the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

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


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.

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
Rethink / Renew logo

 - KK River Parkway Reconstruction: South 76 Street to West Cleveland Avenue
 - Estabrook Park Dam Project
 - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal
 - Johnsons Park
 - Dineen Park Master Plan


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


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

Bridge Recontruction in Whitnall Park
Two parkway bridges on either side of College Ave (just west of 92 St) are under construction. Please follow detour signs. All areas of the Park/Botanical Gardens remain accessible.






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