Milwaukee County Parks


 This week in the Parks:  April 25–May 1, 2016
Mitchell Park Domes

Milwaukee County Executive Announces
Opening of Show Dome!

  Beer Mug - Visit the beer gardens in the Parks!

Visit the Beer Gardens in The Parks!
 South Shore Terrace
- Estabrook Beer Garden (with Maifest coming soon!) 

Golf is OPEN!
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See current Course Conditions


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. 

Picnic & Building Rentals in Milwaukee County Parks Start Planning Your Family Picnic 
or plan your family reunion at a building in the Parks! 
Locations are available throughout the County! Many sites have shelters available, some with electricity.

The Great American Cleanup
Help clean-up your parks with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful! 

Hike for Health at Wehr
Why walk the mall when you can enjoy nature! Exercise in the great outdoors at this free weekly program, meeting on Wednesdays.


Summer Day Camps in The Parks
Adventure Summer Camp
Milwaukee Y Day Camp 

King Community Center Summer Camp

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
 - Root River Hike (or Bike)
 - March for Babies
 - Walk MS

 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.

Menomonee River Parkway
Sewer and road work will begin the week of March 28 on the segment of parkway from 90th Street eastward to Charles Hart Parkway. The Oak Leaf Trail will remain open while work is being done. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please follow posted detours.

  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.

Hoyt Park Pedestrian Suspension Bridge
Structural work is scheduled to close the bridge from the week of Feb. 22 until the beer-garden season. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Parks Future Planning Process
Learn more about Milwaukee County Parks 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

Milwaukee River Parkway North
During construction, Milwaukee River Parkway between Bender and Green Tree roads will remain open to local traffic and will have temporary closures to through traffic.



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


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

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

Dog Exercise Area

Dog Exercise Area Closures
Bay View DEA:
March 21-April 16
The DEA will be closed for maintenance and to allow the turf to recover. The DEA will reopen April 17.

Runway DEA: Closed April 13
The DEA will be closed for wildlife management.

Please visit one of the other DEAs


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



Cudahy Nature Preserve: Closed April 13
The Preserve will be closed for wildlife management.
We apologize for any inconvenience


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