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. Get Directions to Parks Administration. 


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


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spring flowers, golf, fishing, bicycling, little league

This week in the Parks  -  September 22-28, 2014

Golf Courses Are Open 
Check Course Conditions
Sign up to receive special offer emails or texts.

See upcoming tournaments


Beer Mug

Check out the Beer Gardens
Enjoy Gemütlichkeit in the Parks!

 - The Landing in Hoyt Park
 - Estabrook Park Beer Garden
 - Humboldt Park Beer Garden

Play FootGolf
New this year! A combination of soccer and golf!
 - 18-Hole Course at Lincoln Park 
 - 9-Hole Course at Doyne Park

  Barktoberfest - dog at keg

Gemütlichkeit includes good friends, good beer, good food—and, at Barktoberfest, good dogs. Join us at this family-friendly event in Estabrook Park

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes this summer:
- Over the Rainbow, Fall Mum Show
- Dinos Under Glass - through Nov. 2nd

- Story Time at The Domes - Cancelled 9/22



Oak Leaf Discovery Tour
Discover your parks and the Oak Leaf Trail. Purchase your passport, collect stamps and keywords, and be eligible to win prizes at the end of summer!

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



cape may warbler in Lake Park

Warbler Walk at Lake Park
Join birders, familiar with the warblers of Lake Park, for a morning walk. Birders of all skill levels are welcome!
. This is the first in a series of walks focused on the fall migration.

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County's "Living Museum" is celebrating its 75th year! Take in the colors and scents of all the collections.


  Farmers Market: Girl at produce stand

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


Orchids, Gourd Birdhouses, Shade Gardens: Programs at Boerner Botanical Gardens
Learn at a variety of adult, family, and children's classes, workshops, and walk at the Botanical Gardens


Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup
Pitch in to improve the quality of our Great Lakes beaches!

 WeedOut logo

Fall WeedOut in a Park near You!
Become a "Weed Warrior" and help rid the parks of invasive plants!



Food Truck Friday @ Morgan Park
Grab a bite and picnic with neighbors. Support Local Vendors!
PLUS: art, music, and sidewalk chalk designs by YOU!





Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Marathon Buildup Run
Loving Life 5K
- Energy for Life Walkathon
- Colectivo Coffee Bean Classic Mountain Bike Race
- Milwaukee Heart Walk
Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

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


Classes & Programs
at Boerner Botanical Gardens

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

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)


Fun Runs
Run with the Badgerland Striders!
Train with the best, run with the best, be the best!


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.


Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Sista Strut Walk
- Walk to End Alzheimers

- Cross-Shooshko Cyclocross
- Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon 
- Milwaukee Out of the Darkness Run
- Lakefront Discovery Run 

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!

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!


MKE Octoberfest
Music! Food! Beer! at the Marcus Center and Pere Marquette Park

Nite-Glow Golf logo

Is regular golf too challenging…or not challenging enough? Try Nite-Glow Golf, an after-dark game that everyone will enjoy. Great for groups too!


Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup
Pitch in to improve the quality of our Great Lakes beaches!

Cranking the Cider Press

Cider Sunday at Wehr Nature Center
Freshly made apple cider, apple treats, live music, and guided hikes through the woods and prairie are highlights of this family-friendly event.




 Parks Happenings   

Charles Hart Parkway
The path will be closed for approximately one week starting 9/17 due to City of Wauwatosa sanitary sewer work.  This closure does not impact the Oak Leaf Trail running along the parkway.


The Charles Hart Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic Sept. 19-24. Vehicular access to Milwaukee Avenue from Charles Hart Parkway will not be available until late November. Traffic signs will be in place to direct travelers.


Parks Future Planning Process
Learn more about Milwaukee County Parks 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Review the presentation and see our online surveys.


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

Rethink / Renew logo

   - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal

I-794 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Lincoln Memorial Drive to Close Nov. 4-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


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.



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

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Milwaukee County Parks, 9480 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226