Milwaukee County Parks

Access from Watertown Plank Road was permanently closed January 6, 2014
The Parks Administration Building will be accessible from Discovery Parkway, the north/south road running between Watertown Plank Road and Swan Boulevard. GPS units may not reflect the new access.   Watertown Plank Road News

Read more about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zoo Interchange Project.  


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This week in the Parks  -  November 17 - 23, 2014

Holiday Golf Gift Card Offer
Get $20 FREE with purchase of $100 in Golf Gift Cards

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Courses are closed, but stay tuned to our Course Conditions


Parks Strategic Plan
Learn more about Milwaukee County Parks 2015-2020 Strategic Plan and provide your feedback by Nov. 21.

Hike for Health
Come to Wehr Nature Center for hour-long hikes. Meet Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Fireplace Room.


  City / County Tree in Red Arrow Park

City/County Tree Lighting
Join County Executive Chris Abele and Mayor Tom Barrett in kicking off the holiday season. Also be sure to see the Holiday Lights displays in downtown parks.

Mele Kalikimaka - Holiday Floral Show

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes:

- Mele Kalikimaka:Holiday Floral Show
  opens Nov. 22!
- Story Time at The Domes, Monday mornings 



Farmers Market in the Parks
Find plants and fresh produce from Wisconsin farms. Vendors offer seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods. Shop local!

Kids Programs at Wehr Nature Center
Children will 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)


Runs, Walks, & Rides

- Go Santa Go 5K

Public Skate at Wilson Rec Ice Arena
Skate year-round on our standard NHL-sized rink during public skate hours! Rental skates available for all ages. Glow Skate coming November 28th!




Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

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



Classes & Programs
at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Learn at a variety of adult, family, and children's classes, workshops, walks, and special programs.

Get Your 2014 Dog Exercise Area Permit - NOW ONLY $10
Permit-based DEAs offer daily or annual admission passes. Get out and play with your human!


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!


Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Santa Hustle 5K Run/Walk




Lake Michigan Duck Watch
View sea birds along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The event is a free, informal watch open to all ages and levels of birding experience.


 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, South of the Estabrook Dam PARK PLANNING
   - Estabrook Park Dam Project

Rethink / Renew logo

   - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal

Milwaukee River Parkway Closure
In Lincoln Park
Milwaukee River Parkway will be closed from Mon., Nov. 3 through Spring of 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


Menomonee River Parkway: Patching
Wed., Nov. 5, the parkway will be open with lane restrictions. Patching will take place between Hoyt Park Drive and Church Street.


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.




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

Oak Leaf Trail Reconstruction:
Underwood Creek Parkway

The Oak Leaf Trail along the Underwood Creek Parkway
from Fairview Avenue south to Washington Avenue—will be closed for reconstruction. See the construction map or detour map



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

Walking in a dog exercise area

Warnimont Dog Exercise Area Closure
The DEA will be closed for maintenance Tue., Nov. 18 until 2 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit one of the other DEAs.




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