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 6-12, 2015
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2015 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 and authentic German food from Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub.

  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 3rd qualifier at Oakwood

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

Surrey on the Lakefront

The Lakefront
While you're at The Lakefront, enjoy the offerings of our many Parks Partners.
Also this weekend...
- MKE Vaultfest - pole vaulting competition
- Dragon Boat Festival 
- Asia Fest

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.


NVP Volleyball

Pro Volleyball Tournament at Bradford
Watch the pros as they play for the $50,000 prize purse!

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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!


South Shore Frolics

South Shore Frolics
Bring your bike, wagon or roller skates and make some noise in the "itty bitty parade" leading to the park for a weekend of festivities! Enjoy fireworks, bands, classic cars, an art show, fish fry, games, food, and drinks. 

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

Sign-up for Swimming Lessons now!


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 10:00 a.m.


Shoe Prints - Runs & Walks

Runs, Walks & Bike Rides
- Hot Dog Fun Run
Marathon Build-Up Run (10 mi)

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!


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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!

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)
Don't miss Fireside Fridays this week!


Produce fresh from the farm!

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

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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.

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
- Marathon Build-Up Run (12 mi) 
- Junk Food Fun Run 
- Run for the Parks
- Wheels & Heels Rush on Festa
- Roots & Wings

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!




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. 





 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
    -  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: Line-clearance work
Work scheduled to begin April 30
Asplundh Tree Service will be conducting overhead line-clearance work near the North Avenue bridge. Asplundh will access the OLT at the Cambridge Street entrance and travel south. Limited, cautious travel through the work zone will be available.

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 Burleigh. Oak Leaf Trail patrons should follow posted detours. 


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



Become a Partner of the Parks
Build a successful business partnership with the Parks

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