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  -  July 27-Aug 2, 2015
Milwaukee County Lifeguard Corps Logo

And then there were two. . .
Milwaukee County Lifeguards to Compete Against Golf Shores, AL for $10,000

Friday's competition on Good Morning America will determine the winner of $10,000.

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Traveling Beer Garden™ Tour
Two parks will have stops each week of the 16-week tour. Each stop will feature beer and other refreshments from Sprecher Brewing Company.

  Summer's Best Free Parks Concerts

Summer's Best Free Park Concerts!
Plan your summer to include free concerts in the Parks!
Enjoy a variety of musical styles in parks throughout Milwaukee County

The Champions - 2-person scramble The Champions -
Sign up for the last qualifier at Dretzka!

Enjoy 18 holes of fun in this 2-person scramble-format golf tournament. Chances to win prizes and your claim to fame. For golfers age 50 and up. No handicap required.

PHC Classic

PHC Golf Classic
Watch the up-and-coming, female professional golfers compete on their way to the LPGA. With the on-course beer crawl, you can enjoy a beverage while you watch the event.

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.


Fairy Garden Village at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Fairy Garden Village at Boerner Botanical Gardens
A miniature village for fairy folk has sprung up in the Herb Garden!
Start working on your fairy garden for Boerner's Fairy Garden Contest display on Sun., Aug. 2. The viewing public votes for the "People's Choice" awards in 3 age categories

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Play Nite-Glow Golf
Try this after-dark game of golf on Friday nights all summer long! With only tees, flag sticks, and holes illuminated, glow golf is a veritable light show!


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The 4th Annual Oak Leaf Discovery Passport Tour
Explore your parks with your OLDT Passport and Trail Map and collect special "stamps" or “keywords” in your passport. Collect at least 8 unique stamps/keywords, register your passport, and be eligible to win prizes.

Family Waterparks are open daily!
Get into the pool this summer at Greenfield, Lincoln, and Hoyt Park.


Spring Show at The Domes

Garden Walks at Boerner Botanical Gardens
Learn all about plants, trees, flowers and more at the historic Boerner Botanical Gardens from garden experts at weekly walks. 

Friday Fish Fry in the Parks
Enjoy a traditional Milwaukee fish fry in the beautiful surroundings of your parks. Served Friday nights through Labor Day weekend.


Art in the Parks with AWE

Follow the AWE Truck Studio
Let out your child's inner-artist! Create paintings, masks, sculptures, and other art projects to take home. For youths age 4-14

Kite-flying figures in The Domes

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes. Open 365 days a year!
"Practically Perfect in Every Way" Summer Floral Show
 - Story Time for Children (Ages 3-8 years)
  Monday mornings 10 a.m.


Shoe Prints - Runs & Walks

Runs, Walks & Bike Rides
 Patrick Cudahy Race for the Bacon
 Run 4 Water MKE
 Liver Life Walk

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)


Produce fresh from the farm!

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





Surrey on the Lakefront

The Lakefront
While you're at The Lakefront, enjoy the offerings of our many Parks Partners.

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.

  Beach Volleyball on Lake Michigan

Beach Volleyball at Lake Michigan
Join or cheer on the Leagues!
Bradford Beach Volleyball Leagues
- Grant Park Beach Volleyball Leagues

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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.


Summer Camps in The Parks
The fun and learning keep kids engaged all summer long! 
 - Adventure Summer Camp
 - Milwaukee Y Day Camp
King Community Center Camps 
 - Bob Rush Tennis Camps 
 - Bob Rush Junior Tennis Camps
 - Pat Powers Volleyball Camp 
 - Summit Olympics
 - Youth Chess Camps 
 - Artists Working in Education Truck Studio

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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!

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.

  Shoe Prints - Runs & Walks

Runs, Walks, and Bike Rides

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!


Bird Identification at Wehr

Natural Areas Field Trips
Explore the parks with Natural Areas Staff. Walk along the Forked Aster hiking trails, through hotspots for warblers and wildflowers, and off the beaten path to discover the ecology of natural areas. Opportunities to work alongside staff on wildlife research projects too!

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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Free Movies in the Parks
Grab a blanket and chair and settle in for a free movie night in your parks!


 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 be accessible to local traffic only from Mayfair Road to North Avenue. Oak Leaf Trail patrons should follow posted detours.
Phase 2 construction begins Monday, July 13 at Burleigh, working south toward the Wauwatosa Village. Detours and closures will be signed.


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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