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 This week in the Parks:  Dec. 11-17, 2017   
Naughty or Nice Domes Holiday Show Icon

Naughty or Nice Holiday Floral Show at The Domes
Come see who has been naughty and who has been nice. See scenes of elves working, Santa's mailbox, bright poinsettias, and the 25-foot holiday tree. On view through Jan. 7, 2018.

Kooky Cooky House - robot at the controls

Kooky Cooky House now open at The Domes!
See the recreated gingerbread-making marvel of the 1960s and '70s. Thanks to Discovery World, the robot is back at the controls at Santa's cookie factory!
Read more about it!

Milwaukee County Parks Golf

Currie Park Golf Merchandise Sale
Save big on premium brands, including TaylorMade, Titleist, Nike, Ping, Adidas, Under Armour and more.


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Slice of Ice Skate Rink in Red Arrow Park
Come skate in the heart of downtown Milwaukee! Season Grand Opening Event is Fri., Dec. 15th from 4-6 p.m.


Winter Sports in the Parks
Ice skating, sledding, skiiing, snowshoeing and more!


Dog Exercise Area Permits
Enjoy the Dog Exercise Areas in the parks—where you and your human can run free! The 2018 Tags are available for purchase online or at these locations!

Disc Golf in Milwaukee County Parks

Disc Golf Permits 
Buy your 2018 Disc Golf Permit Tags —available for purchase online
The Dretzka Park Winter Disc Golf Course is open!


Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market

Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market 
The indoor market has begun its Saturday-morning season at The Domes Annex. Come early to shop, then use the Veggie Valet—a coat check for your purchases—and visit The Domes.

 Parks Happenings   
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Utility Line Clearance Along Oak Leaf Trail
Forestry work to clear utility lines is scheduled along the OLT from Lydell Avenue northwest to Edgewater Lane. Work is slated to begin the week of Oct. 23 and will continue through Dec. The trail segment will not be closed, but bike and pedestrian traffic may experience intermittent temporary closures in the work zone. Such closures will only occur if required for public safety. Signs and cones will identify the work zones.

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East Side Oak Leaf Trail Reconstruction Project
(From just north of East Belleview Place
to just south of North Prospect Avenue)
Update: 12/14/17 Construction has begun on the new access ramp at N. Bartlett Avenue. This work is not affecting trail use. 

Work on the Phase I trail drainage system is expected to begin in early 2018 and will impact trail use. 

The trail will be signed for detours.

Project Summary
Proposed Detour

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Oak Leaf Trail at Watertown Plank Road Closures
The Oak Leaf Trail will be closed for 3-4 days between 11/8 – 11/15 for removing underdeck forms from the bridge deck. The closures will only occur if operations occur overhead and are required for public safety. Closure dates depend on work progress and weather.

Detour from the Northeast
Detour from the Southwest

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Trail Closures/Detours
During Zoo-Interchange I-94 Bridge over Underwood Creek 

Please follow detour signage for segments of the Hank Aaron State Trail as well as segments of the Deer Creek Trail.

Due to the weather, repaving the Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trails will be postponed until Spring 2018. The Oak Leaf Trail will remain open throughout the winter, and the Deer Creek Trail will remain closed.  See the update

South Shore Park:
South Parking Lot & Boat Launch Closure

Access now available to North Parking Lot & Yacht Club

For public safety, the contractor has closed the South Parking Lot and Boat Launch. The scheduled reopening will occur after substantial completion of construction and continuing renovations at the site.

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Intermittent Oak Leaf Trail Closures / Detour
Beginning July 6 and continuing for about a year, DOT construction on the Watertown Plank Road Bridge Project will cause intermittent closures of the OLT between 115th Street and Underwood Creek Parkway. Closures, due to risk of falling debris, are expected to last 1-2 days at a time. See plan for detour.

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

  Parks with Purpose

Parks with Purpose
This Parks campaign brings together two major planning efforts: the 10-Year Parks Master Plan and the 2050 Park & Open Space Plan. The Department is engaging the community in the process. 


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. 

  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.
Also see the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

Ravine Restoration in Warnimont Park
On the east side of South Lake Drive, north of Ramsey, restoration work is expected to be completed in 2018. Please stay out of areas where vegetation is being established.


Service Projects
Eagle Projects

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

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

  Emerald Ash Borer
Dec. 2017: Trees affected by EAB are currently being removed from the north side of McCarty Park. We will replant impacted areas with a diverse selection of trees as part of our ongoing resource-management practices.

What is EAB? Is it affecting your trees? How can you help prevent the spread?


Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam

 - KK River Parkway Reconstruction: South 76 Street to West Cleveland Avenue


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