Milwaukee County Parks

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. The Watertown Plank Road enterance was permanently closed on January 6, 2014 for the Zoo Interchange project. Read more about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zoo Interchange Project.  


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This week in the Parks  - September 28-October 4, 2015
South Shore Terrace / Miller 1855 logo

South Shore Terrace
Experience the new beachside area at South Shore Park -- complete with Miller 1855, the expanded concessions area.

  Beer Mug

Oktoberfest Events
- MKE Oktoberfest 

-And coming next week:  Milwaukee Oktoberfest



Golf Courses are Open!
Head out to a course near you!

See Course Conditions

Sign up for special-offer emails or texts from our golf courses.


Owl at Halloween Haunts

Plan your visit to Halloween Haunts!
Especially designed for families with children age 4-10

Advance-purchase tickets required
FRIDAY is almost sold out, so get your tickets now!

Get ready for your walk along the jack-o-lantern-lit trail at the Enchanted Forest of Wehr Nature Center

Clueless: A Whodunit at The Domes

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes. Open 365 days a year!
Clueless: A Whodunit at The Domes - interactive fall mum show now on view
Story Time for Children (Ages 3-8 years)
  Monday mornings 10 a.m.


Cider Sunday

Cider Sunday
Enjoy a crisp fall afternoon at Wehr Nature Center -- where it's all about apples! Freshly made apple cider, apple treats, live music, and guided hikes through the woods and prairie are highlights of this day of family fun.
See the new accessible amphitheater! 

Fairy Garden Village at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Fairy Garden Village at Boerner Botanical Gardens
A miniature village of fairy folk has sprung up in the Herb Garden!


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The 4th Annual Oak Leaf Discovery Passport Tour
Explore your parks with your
Trail Map & OLDT Passport. Collect at least 8 unique stamps/keywords in your passport by Oct. 8, register, and be eligible to win prizes.

Produce fresh from the farm!

Farmers Markets Open
Buy plants or produce fresh from the farm. Support your local farmers and small businesses!


Lake Park Lion

Cirque du Lake Park
A wine tasting, entertainment, and silent auction are all part of the fun at the annual Lake Park Friends' annual fundraising event.

Kids Programs at Wehr Nature Center
Children 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)


Run Walk

Walks, Runs, Rides
- Ron & Nancy's Fun Run
- Hike for Health at Wehr
- Walk with Ease at Boerner Botanical Gardens
- Red Dress Dash
- Sista Strut
- AIDS Walk Wisconsin
- Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
- Milwaukee Out of the Darkness Walk

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Coyote Awareness
There have been reports of some aggressive coyotes in the Wauwatosa area. If you see a coyote, talk loudly and wave your arms to scare it off. Do not leave food sources available, coyotes will lose their instinct to be wary of people if they begin to associate food with a human presence. Read more about coyotes.


Milwaukee County Trails Map

Purchase the New Trails Map!
The 24x36, 2-sided map and guide includes the Oak Leaf Trail, Hank Aaron State Trail, municipal off-road trails, and the corridors of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour. Locations are also marked for other land and water trails, plus park facilities!

Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

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

Hike for Health at Wehr - Wednesday mornings
Hike along with this group for camaraderie, exercise and fun.


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. 

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2015 Disc Golf Annual Bag-Tag Permits On Sale
Purchase your 2015 Annual Permit Bag Tags! Valid at our pay-to-play courses: Brown Deer, Dineen, Dretzka, Estabrook, and Root River Parkway South.


Walk "The Mitchell Mile"

Walk "The Mitchell Mile"
As the weather turns colder, continue your walking routine in the "rainforest," "desert," and floral show at the Mitchell Park Domes. Pick up some Domes trivia and ideas on healthy living and sustainability strategies.

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2015 Dog Exercise Area Permits on Sale
Dog Exercise Areas annual admission permits are good at all seven of our Dog Exercise Areas.


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

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!


Glow Skate

Public Skate at Wilson Ice Arena
Skate year-round on our 17,000 square-foot sheet of groomed ice is a standard NHL-sized rink at the Wilson Recreation Center.

Bird Identification at Wehr

Birding in the Parks / Natural Areas
- Natural Areas Field Trips


Girl Witch, pupmpin, black cat

Halloween Events in the Parks
- The Hill Has Eyes Attractions
- Halloween Haunts at Wehr Nature Center
- Fall Fest at Center Street Park
- The Monster Run
- Family Workshop: Boerner by Moonlight
- Hales Corners Pumpkin Fest
- Pumpkin Pavilion
- Zombie House at the Mill Pond
- Halloween in Greenfield Park
- Kosciuszko Children's Safety Fair & Family Halloween Event
- Ghosts Under Glass
- Dia de los Muertos Parade

Run Walk Walks, Runs, Rides (ongoing or upcoming)
- Walk "The Mitchell Mile"
- Hike for Health at Wehr
Walk with Ease at Boerner Botanical Gardens
- Light the Night Walk
- Dunkel Dash
- Get Your Rear in Gear
- Walk for Africa
- Root River Run
- Free to Breathe
- Panther Prowl 
- Bark Out Breast Cancer 
- Walk to Defeat ALS
- Crop Hunger Walk   


 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 Parkway Closure
In Lincoln Park

Milwaukee River Parkway will be closed from through Fall 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


Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam
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 - Estabrook Park Dam Project
 - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal
 - Johnsons Park
 - Dineen Park Master Plan


Lake Park Bridge and Ravine Road Closures
Through 2016,  The Lake Park bridge above Ravine Road and Ravine Road will be closed for maintenance.


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.

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Oak Leaf Trail at Sheridan Park: Reconstruction
Detours have been signed for the segment of the OLT between the intersections of East Howard Avenue & South Lake Drive and East Pulaski Avenue and South Sheridan Drive. Please check back for updates.



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

Menomonee River Parkway
The Parkway will closed on the segment east of Swan Boulevard to Church Street, including the Charles Hart Parkway. The Oak Leaf Trail will be open to bicyclists and pedestrians. Motorists should follow posted detours. Construction begins the first week of October.


Conservation Leadership Corps
Connecting with nature, learning leadership skills, and working as a team.

Road Closures within Brown Deer Park
From Tuesday, July 28-Sunday, Aug. 2 a portion of the drive in Brown Deer Park will be closed for the PHC Classic / Symetra Tour. People walking may bypass the barricades. See the map.




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