Milwaukee County Parks




 This week in the Parks:  Sept. 26–Oct. 2, 2016

A Friendly Reminder. . .

  • Pay attention to Park closing hours. Parks close at 10 p.m.
  • Pack it in, Pack it out! Place trash in the proper containers or take it with you.
  • Please be considerate of your fellow park patrons and neighbors
  Parks with Purpose

Community Planning Workshops
Join us to provide your input!
Sept. 27, Sheridan Park

Golf is OPEN
Sign up for special-offer emails or texts.
See current Course Conditions

  Beer Mug - Visit the beer gardens in the Parks!

Visit Beer Gardens in The Parks!
Oktoberfest at Whitnall Park 
The Landing at Hoyt Park
- South Shore Terrace Miller 1855

- Estabrook Beer Garden
- Milwaukee's Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park 

Fall Mum Show at The Domes

"Fall Harvest Festival" Mum Show at The Domes
The farm-like setting includes scarecrows, cornstalks, and hay bales amid the blanket of yellow-gold, honey, orange-bronze, and red of the mums. Also visit the recently opened Tropical Dome!

China Lights: Boerner. Brighter Than Ever

China Lights: Boerner Brighter Than Ever
Opening Night: Oct. 1
Tickets on Sale NOW!

The inaugural Chinese lantern festival is coming to Boerner Botanical Gardens in October. Sculptural displays will fill 9 acres! Tickets available online and at several Milwaukee Area locations

  Carved Pumpkin at Halloween Haunts at Wehr

Halloweeen Haunts 
Tickets Now Available to the Public

Discover the not-to-scary event, designed especially for families with children age 4-10. Get your timed-entry tickets today! 

Picnic & Building Rentals in Milwaukee County Parks

Plan Your Family Picnic or Reunion in the Parks 
Locations of picnic sites and rentable buildings are available throughout the County! Many picnic sites have shelters available, some with electricity.

  Birding in The Parks

Birding in the Parks
The fall migration is upon us! Take advantage of these birding opportunities:
- Lake Park Warbler Walks

Rose arbor at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Explore the Botanical Gardens 
See thriving plants in all the garden spaces, from the annual garden, bog walk, and daylily path to the herb garden, rock garden, and shrub mall. Learn more through the classes and programs of the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens 

  Farmers Markets in The Parks

Shop Local: Farmers Markets in The Parks
Enjoy produce fresh from the farm and support local small businesses. Vendors offer seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods.

Disc Golf in Milwaukee County Parks

Play Disc Golf  
Pack up some discs and head to the courses! Free play at practice courses; day and annual passes available at the pay-to-play courses. 


  Oak Leaf Discovery Tour

Take the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour
Explore your Parks and collect stamps in your OLDT passport for chances to win prizes from the Park People of Milwaukee County!


Kids Programs at Wehr Nature Center
Children enjoy a variety of activities that lead to discoveries in nature.
  - Little Wonders (Age 2 & 3)
  - NatureNauts (Age 4-6)
  Run Walk

 Walks, Runs, Rides 
 - Hike for Health at Wehr
 - Badgerland Strider Fun Run
 - Marathon Build-Up Run


 Parks Happenings   
Oak Leaf Trail logo

Underwood Creek Parkway Closures
As part of the Zoo Interchange project, Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trail will have temporary closures for the demolition and reconstruction of the I-94 bridge over Underwood Creek. Closures are expected to begin Friday, March 25 and continue through early August. One trail will remain open at all times.
See the alternate routes for each of these closures.

State Champion Tree at South Shore Park

State Champion Tree in South Shore Park Under Stress 
On the northern edge of South Shore Park on East Estes Street, the European Copper Beech, which is more than 100 years old and a landmark in Bay View, is showing signs of stress.

  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.

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

  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


I-794 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Lincoln Memorial Drive Closed
The ramps to Lincoln Memorial Drive remain closed. Ramps at Jackson & Van Buren may be used during this time. See the WI DOT website for details


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

 - Estabrook Park Dam Project
 - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal
 - Johnsons Park
 - Dineen Park Master Plan


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. 


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

Ravine Restoration in Warnimont Park
On the east side of South Lake Drive, north of Ramsey, restoration work is being done, with completion expected by late July. Use caution when on the trails, and please stay out of work areas.

College Avenue Detour Through Whitnall Park
Cities of Franklin and Hales Corners will be reconstructing portions of College Avenue. Construction should begin 7/13 and last about three weeks. All areas of the Park/Botanical Gardens should be accessible. See the detour map


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


Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area

 Runway Dog Exercise Area
to be Closed Sept. 26

After the Park closes on Sept. 25, the DEA will remain closed for maintenance until Tuesday morning, Sept. 27. Please visit one of the other DEAs

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

Become a Partner of the Parks
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