Milwaukee County Parks

Summer Park Fun Art.

 This week in the Parks:  June 26–July 4, 2017
Traveling Beer Garden

Traveling Beer Gardens:  
This week, gather friends and family and stop at Grant Park—and beginning Wednesday, McCarty Park!

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Whitnall Park Beer Garden Open for the Season (Tue.–Sun.)
Meet with family and friends all season long to enjoy the 24 craft beer taps in Whitnall Park

Swim guide

Splash & Swim Summer Guide  
All swimming pools, splash pads, water parks and wading pools are open! - read our splash & swim summer guide

Summer's Best Concerts Icon

Summer’s Best Free Entertainment in the Parks
Enjoy a variety of artists and genres, performed at 21 different parks throughout the county, all summer long! That means over 100 live performances—all for free!

Ultra Violet, the summer floral show at The Domes, June 10-Sept 10

Summer Floral Show, Ultra Violet 
See The Domes awash in purples! Plants and sculptures in purple hues fill the Show Dome

Friday Fish Fry in The Parks

Friday Fish Fry in The Parks
Enjoy a Milwaukee tradition! Available at Grant and Whitnall Clubhouses, through Friday of Labor Day Weekend

Cool Waters in Greenfield Park Opening Saturday

Cool Waters & David F. Schulz Aquatic Center
Open daily!

Also open for the season:
Wading Pools
Deep-Well Pools

artists working in education

Follow the Truck Studio and Make Art!
Artists Working in Education are traveling through the Parks, giving youths from 4-14 the opportunity to make art for FREE! Projects are inspired by books and
a daily theme

Fourth of July Celebrations

July 3 Fireworks at the Lakefront & Fourth of July Celebrations
Celebrate Independence Day!
July 3 is sure to be a busy day at the Lakefront! From the "Fireworks Kite Festival," beginning at 11 a.m., to the US Bank Fireworks, at dusk, expect to see quite a crowd! 
Smaller community celebrations take place Tuesday, July 4 

Farmers Markets in The Parks

Farmers Markets in The Parks
Select produce fresh from a Wisconsin farm! Vendors offer seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, baked goods, and more! Some offer musical entertainment.


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 join us this summer!

Dog on Walk

Runs, Walks, Bike Rides
- Hike for Health at Wehr Nature Center
- 2017 Parks Race Guide
- Badgerland Striders Fun Run 



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

Disc Golf Permits 
Buy your 2017 Disc Golf Permit Tags
available for purchase online

 Parks Happenings   

South Shore Park: North Parking Lot Closure
For public safety, the contractor has closed the North Parking Lot. In addition, barricades have been placed at Iron Street. Public access remains available to the South Parking Lot. A path will be created and signed for pedestrians to access the Yacht Club.
Construction is scheduled to be substantially complete and the lot reopened by early July.

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Temporary Trail Detours
During Zoo-Interchange Project

Please follow detour signage for segments of the Hank Aaron State Trail (closed through Summer '18), as well as segments of the Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trail (temporary alternating closures through Fall '17). Closures are due to the reconstruction of the I-94 bridge over Underwood Creek.

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. 

  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

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
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

Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam
Rethink / Renew logo

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


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