Milwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building is accessible from Discovery Parkway
The Watertown Plank Road entrance was permanently closed January 2014 for the Zoo Interchange project. The 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.  Read more about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zoo Interchange Project. 


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 This week in the Parks:  November  30-December 6, 2015
Giving Tuesday - Dec. 1, 2015

Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
Join in this day dedicated to celebrating generosity. See how your time, talents, or donations could help support your Parks. See the listing of the many Friends Groups and give something more! Visit the Park People (the umbrella organization) to make on-line donations. Then tell everyone about how you are giving. Join us and be part of the celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

Holiday Golf Gift Cards on Sale!
For every $100 you spend on gift cards, you get $20 Free! Limited time offer.

Shop the Currie Golf Holiday Sale
Save up to 75% on brand name golf merchandise, through Dec. 23.

See current Course Conditions. Sign up for special-offer emails or texts.


Indoor Pool Swimmer

Pulaski Indoor Pool Now Open
Check out the schedule for our new morning lap swim and swim lesson times.
Join us for a FREE OPEN HOUSE, December 2, 2015!

Gingerbread Man

Gingerbread Land Holiday Floral Show
Discover our gingerbread house smothered in snowy frosting and adorned with candy canes and gum drops. Enjoying the festive atmosphere among the vivid poinsettias and decked holiday tree at The Domes. Daily through Jan. 3, 2016.


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Milwaukee Holiday Lights
Visit the holiday light displays in Cathedral Square, Pere Marquette Park, and Zeidler Union Square! Lit every evening through Dec. 27th!

Mitchell Park Domes

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes. Open 365 days a year!
- Gingerbread Land Holiday Floral Show: Daily through Jan. 3
Walk the Mitchell Mile: Mondays 9 a.m.
Story Time for Children (Ages 3-8 years): Mondays 10 a.m.


Run Walk

Walks, Runs, Rides
- Walk "The Mitchell Mile"
- Hike for Health at Wehr
- Santa Hustle

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Buy your 2016 Disc Golf Annual Bag-Tag Permits
Purchase your 2016 Annual Permit Bag Tags and play the rest of 2015 free! Valid at our pay-to-play courses: Brown Deer, Dineen, Dretzka, Estabrook, and Root River Parkway South.


Milwaukee County Trails Map

Purchase the New Trails Map!
The 24x36, 2-sided map and guide includes the Oak Leaf Trail, Hank Aaron State Trail, municipal off-road trails, and the corridors of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour. Locations are also marked for other land and water trails, plus park facilities!

Buy your 2016 Dog Exercise Area Permits
Purchase your 2016 Dog Exercise Area Permit and get the rest of 2015 free! Dog Exercise Areas annual admission permits are good at all seven DEAs.




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)




Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

Wehr Nature Center
Explore the natural environment through hikes, classes, and special events.
Join us for
Hike for Health at Wehr - Wednesday mornings


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. 

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.
 - Glow Skate: Dec. 26, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Produce fresh from the farm!

Winter Farmers Market Now Open at The Domes 
Buy produce fresh from the farm. Support your local farmers and small businesses!

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!


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

Walk "The Mitchell Mile"

Walk "The Mitchell Mile"
As the weather turns colder, continue your walking routine in the "rainforest," "desert," and floral show at the Mitchell Park Domes. Pick up some Domes trivia and ideas on healthy living and sustainability strategies.


Run Walk

Walks, Runs, Rides (ongoing or upcoming)
- Walk "The Mitchell Mile"
- Hike for Health at Wehr

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Coyote Awareness
There have been reports of some aggressive coyotes in the Wauwatosa area. If you see a coyote, talk loudly and wave your arms to scare it off. Do not leave food sources available, coyotes will lose their instinct to be wary of people if they begin to associate food with a human presence. Read more about coyotes.




 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 closed on the segment east of Swan Boulevard to Church Street, including the Charles Hart Parkway. The Oak Leaf Trail will be open to bicyclists and pedestrians. Motorists should follow posted detours. Construction begins the first week of October.


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





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