Milwaukee County Parks


 This week in the Parks:  July 9-15, 2018
Traveling Beer Garden Glasses

Traveling Beer Garden - Get your passport & visit all the stops!
This week, visit the keg tapping at Jackson Park, July 11 at 5 p.m. FREE beer while the ceremonial keg lasts!
The tour stop at Grant continues through July 15
Plan to visit all the parks on the tour!
And don't forget to visit. . . 
South Shore Terrace Kitchen & Beer Garden (with a great Friday Fish Fry!) and the Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Summer Concert Season
Download our 2018 summer entertainment brochure to find events coming to a park near you


Golf Courses - Book your Tee Times!
Tee times available at all courses, as weather allows
See course conditions

Friday Fish Fry in the Parks

Friday Fish Fry in The Parks!
Enjoy a traditional fish fry at the golf clubhouses at Grant and Whitnall parks or the new fish fry at South Shore Terrace Kitchen & Beer Garden

Cool Waters

Waterparks & Deep-Well Pools Open Daily
Make a splash at Cool Waters or the David F Schulz Aquatic Center! Cool opens at 10 a.m. and Schulz opens at noon.
Get details on Cool Waters or the Schulz Aquatic Center or the Outdoor Deep-well Pools!

AWE Truck Studio comes to the parks!

AWE Truck Studio Comes to a Park near You!
Artist educators help your child (age 4-14) let out his or her inner artist through a variety of FREE creative projects.

Dinos at The Domes

Dinos Under Glass at The Domes
Take a step back in time—way back—when you enter the Tropical and Desert domes to see this prehistoric exhibit!


Wilson Rec Ice Skating

Public Skate at Wilson Ice Arena
A great way to cool off on a hot day! Meet your friends for public skate on the indoor, NHL-sized rink. Rental skates and group rates available!

Dog Exercise Areas 
Buy your permit tags and enjoy the Dog Exercise Areas in the parks—where you and your human can run free! Permit tags are available for purchase online or at these locations!

Disc Golf in Milwaukee County Parks

Disc Golf  
Buy your Disc Golf Permit Tags & get out and play! —Permits available for purchase online


 Parks Happenings   
China Lights: Panda-mania

Chinese Lantern Festival to Return to Milwaukee
The wildly popular China Lights will return to Boerner Botanical Gardens from Sept. 21-Oct. 21. Online tickets sales will open Aug. 8 at 10:08 a.m.


  Oak Leaf Trail logo

Oak Creek Parkway to Close for Reconstruction
06/06/18 Update:

The Oak Leaf Trail along the Oak Creek Parkway will be closed from 13th Avenue on the west to North Chicago Avenue on the east, beginning Monday, June 11. While the trail will remain open to these end points, trail users can avoid backtracking by taking the detour along Milwaukee Avenue. The project includes removal and upgrades of the storm sewer, curb and gutter, and asphalt pavement. Completion of the project is anticipated in Fall 2018.
Proposed Detour

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Oak Leaf Trail at Watertown Plank Road Closures
06/29/18 Update:
The Oak Leaf Trail will be closed July 9–13 for painting of the Watertown Plank Road bridges over the Oak Leaf trail. The closures will only occur if operations take place overhead and are required for public safety.

Detour from the Northeast
Detour from the Southwest 
Project Update

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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

Oak Leaf Trail logo

East Side Oak Leaf Trail to Open
(From just north of East Belleview Place
to just south of North Prospect Avenue)
07/02/18 Update: The East Side Oak Leaf Trail will be fully open at the end of the construction work day on Monday, July 2. Minor landscape work along the sides of the trail and the new Bartlett Avenue access ramp will continue for another one to two weeks. Trail users should avoid the newly seeded and planted areas and should exercise caution during these daytime construction hours.

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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. FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO POSTED SIGNAGE

  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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