Milwaukee County Parks

Access from Watertown Plank Road was permanently closed January 6, 2014
The Parks Administration Building will be accessible from Discovery Parkway, the north/south road running between Watertown Plank Road and Swan Boulevard. GPS units may not reflect the new access. Get Directions to Parks Administration. 

July 18-21: Full Closure of Zoo Interchange / Best Routes

Read more about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zoo Interchange Project.  


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The Traveling Beer Garden
Follow the Traveling Beer Garden to six different locations on the 2014 Tour!
Stop #4: July 16-27: Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water Street on the Plaza
Celebrate opening day with free Sprecher beer and root beer, while supplies last.
Hours: Mon-Fri: 4-10 p.m.;  Sat-Sun-Holiday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

This week in the Parks  -  July 21 - July 27, 2014


Golf Courses Are Open 
Check Course Conditions
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See upcoming tournaments


Beer Mug

Check out the Beer Gardens
Enjoy Gemütlichkeit in the Parks!

 - The Traveling Beer Garden
 - The Landing in Hoyt Park
 - Estabrook Park Beer Garden
 - Humboldt Park Beer Garden 

Summer's Best Parks Concerts

Summer's Best FREE Concerts
Enjoy this great lineup of live music all summer long. A variety of genres presented at locations throughout the county. FREE!


Milwaukee Brewfest
Try an unlimited sampling of hundreds of craft beers, micro brews, and ciders from around the world. Music, silent auction, food, and more.


Fireside Fridays - Twlight Travelers
As bedtime approaches and critters come out to play, learn about the nocturnal wildlife of southeast Wisconsin. End the night with campfire treats!
Register by Wed., July 23


Lake Park - East Side Garden Tour
Join the Lake Park Friends as they showcase their gardens in Lake Park: rain, butterfly and prairie gardens.

Cool character

Time to Swim!
- Family Aquatic Centers
- Deep Well Pools
- Splash Pads & Wading Pools

Swimming lessons - Limited spaces available!



Kilbourntown House Tours
The house built by Benjamin Church in 1844 and relocated to Estabrook Park in 1938 is fully furnished with period furniture. Enjoy free tours on Saturdays through August, thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Estabrook Park. 

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Nite-Glow Golf
Is regular golf too challenging…or not challenging enough? Try Nite-Glow Golf, an after-dark game that everyone will enjoy. Great for groups too!

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Art Activities Come to The Parks
Follow the truck studio to a park near you! Artists Working in Education brings creative activities to children throughout Milwaukee County. See the schedule

Come play FootGolf
New this year! A combination of soccer and golf!
 - 18-Hole Course at Lincoln Park 
 - 9-Hole Course at Doyne Park


US Junior Volleyball National Championships
See the top junior male and females athletes compete at Bradford Beach.

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes this summer:
- Dinos Under Glass - Ends Sept. 7th

- Plant-tastic Voyage Show - Ends Nov. 2nd


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The Champions - Qualifying Events
Register with a friend for this 2-person scramble tournament for golfers age 50 and better. Register now for the Qualifier at Whitnall on August 6th.

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


Surrey ride along The Lakefront

The Lakefront
While at The Lakefront, enjoy a variety of activities offered through our partners!

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County's "Living Museum" is celebrating its 75th year! Take in the colors and scents of all the collections.


Farmers Market: Girl at produce stand

Farmers Markets in the Parks
Find plants and fresh produce from Wisconsin farms. Vendors offer seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods. Shop local!

Get Your 2014 Dog Exercise Area Permit
Permit-based DEAs offer daily or annual admission passes. Get out and play with your human!


Runs, Walks, & Rides
 - Run/Walk for the Hungry to German Fest
 - Liver Life Walk
 - Cudahy Classic Run

Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

Parks Public Input Sessions
Come share your comments, thoughts, and ideas. Plus, learn about current and future park happenings with Parks Director, John Dargle, Jr.
- July 28 Dineen Park Community Room
- July 29 Boerner Botanical Gardens Ed Center
- July 30 Kosciuszko Community Center


Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
Participate in fun activities with co-workers and enjoy a variety of give-aways in downtown parks at Red Arrow, Bradford Beach Pere Marquette, Zeidler Union Square and Cathedral Square

Classes & Programs
at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Learn at a variety of adult, family, and children's classes, workshops, walks, and special programs.

  Friday Fish Fry in the Parks

Friday Fish Fry in the Parks
Start the weekend with a Milwaukee tradition - the Friday-night Fish Fry! Enjoy your time with family and friends in the beautiful surroundings of the Parks.

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

  IndiaFest Milwaukee

IndiaFest Milwaukee 2014 at Humboldt Park
Vibrant costumes. Traditional, Bollywood, and fusion music and dance. Authentic Indian cuisine. They all come together to celebrate Indian culture on a grand scale at this FREE event

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): Buzzy Bees
 - NatureNauts (Age 4-6): Fish Tales


Oak Leaf Discovery Tour
Discover your parks and the Oak Leaf Trail. Purchase your passport, collect stamps and keywords, and be eligible to win prizes at the end of summer!


Public Skate at Wilson Rec Ice Arena
Skate year-round on our standard NHL-sized rink during public skate hours! Rental skates available for all ages.


Free Movies in the Parks
Enjoy FREE family-friendly movies in the parks!
Movies begin at dusk.
Sat, Aug 2: Ghostbusters (PG)
Sat, Aug 16: Thor, The Dark World (PG-13)

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!


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

Summer Camps & Classes for Kids
 - Adventure Summer Camp
   Wehr Nature Center - Ages 3-13
Global Garden Adventures Camp
    Boerner Botanical Gardens
The First Tee Golf Lessons
    Milwaukee County Golf Courses


Runs, Walks, & Rides
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 Parks Happenings   
Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam

Estabrook Park Dam
Public Information/Input Meeting

Stakeholders and people interested in the Estabrook Dam project are invited to review the presentation from Thurs., June 5, 2014.

Public comments can be submitted online. Comments will be collected through Sat., June 14th.


Emerald Ash Borer

What is it? Is it affecting your trees? How can you help prevent the spread?

Follow quarantine guidelines. 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 about the signs of EAB infestation. Visit
  • Report ash trees that show signs of infestation. Call the EAB hotline toll-free at 1-800-462-2803 or email

I-794 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Lincoln Memorial Drive to Close Nov. 4-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. Review the presentation and see our online surveys. 

Lake Park Road Reconstruction
Lake Park Road, at the north entrance of Lake Park, will be closed for reconstruction. Some paths in the area may also be closed. Alternate parking is available on Lake Drive and on Lake Park Road at the Newberry Blvd. entrance. Construction is scheduled for completion in late spring 2014.




Testing To Turn Underwood Creek Green
In an effort to reduce rainwater and other clearwater entering the sanitary sewer system, the City of Wauwatosa has retained services for dye water testing in the area between Watertown Plank Road and Diane Drive. Work will be ongoing until August 15 and is weather dependent.


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Menomonee River Parkway Renewal
 Learn about the design and presentations. Comments were taken through February 19, 2014, and will be posted when available.

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.

Underwood Creek Parkway Closure
(Detour of Hank Aaron State Trail)
Expected closure: Feb. 3-10, 2014
As part of the Zoo Interchange reconstruction project, the HAST detour along Underwood Creek Parkway will be closed. See the map or
learn more about the Zoo Interchange Project.


Eagle Projects
Boy Scouts earn the highest rank by completing projects in the Parks.


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






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Milwaukee County Parks, 9480 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226