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  -  December 15 - 21, 2014

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

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Courses are closed, but stay tuned to our Course Conditions


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2015 Disc Golf Annual Bag Tag Permits On Sale
Our 2015 Annual Permit Bag Tags are on sale now! Valid for our pay-to-play courses: Brown Deer, Dineen, Dretzka, Estabrook, and Root River Parkway South.

Whitnall Rotary Path Design Whitnall Rotary Path Groundbreaking

Join us Wed., Dec. 17th to celebrate the new ADA-accessible walkway that will be constructed in the Boerner Botanical Gardens thanks to a partnership between the Whitnall Park Rotary Club, Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, the Reiman Foundation, the Holz Foundation, Breckenridge Landscape, and Milwaukee County.

  Golf Course with Ribbon

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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Slice of Ice Open
Milwaukee's favorite outdoor ice skate rink in the heart of downtown is open for the season - weather permitting. Voted Best Place to Skate three years in a row! 


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Snowflake Sale at Wehr Nature Center
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.


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.

Holiday Performances at the Mitchell Park Domes
Visits from Santa and a variety of holiday music.


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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.

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!


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Christmas Bird Counts
This annual bird count from the Audubon Society is held throughout the country and provides information on long-term trends.
  - Wehr Nature Center Christmas Bird Count
  - Lake Park Christmas Bird Count

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Music Under Glass Concert Series
Enjoy live concerts every Thursday night from January 8 through March 19 at the Mitchell Park Domes!



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)


Farmer's Market Carrots

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market
Select from a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, bakery, poultry and meats at The Domes on Saturday mornings.

Owl Owl Prowl at Wehr Nature Center

Join a Naturalist to discover the habits and amazing adaptations of our common Owl neighbors.  After an indoor introduction, we will explore the woodlands and fields.


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!

Public Skate at Wilson Ice Arena
Come can skate year-round on our indoor,  standard NHL-sized rink groomed ice. Great way to have fun with the family!


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

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2015 Dog Exercise Area Permits on Sale
Get your 2015 Dog Exercise Areas annual admission permits now. Buy a 2015 permit and get the rest of 2014 free! Good at all seven Dog Exercise Areas.






 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


Lake Park Bridge and Ravine Road Closures
Beginning Mon., Dec. 8, 2014,  The Lake Park bridge above Ravine Road and Ravine Road will be closed for maintenance. Watch this page for updates.


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 Parkwayfrom 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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