Milwaukee County Parks

NEW ACCESS TO PARKS ADMINISTRATION - Access from Watertown Plank Road was permanently closed January 6, 2014
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. Read more about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zoo Interchange Project.  


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This week in the Parks  -  May 18-25, 2015
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2015 Traveling Beer Garden Season Opens
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 Concerts Announced!
Start planning your summer to include free concerts in the Parks!
Enjoy a variety of musical styles in parks throughout Milwaukee County


Golf Courses are Open!
Head out to a course near you!

See Course Conditions

Sign up to receive special-offer emails or texts from our golf courses.


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Become a weed warior for the Milwaukee County Parks! Battle invasive species so that native plants can thrive in a Park near you! Opportunities at Kletzsch and Lake parks.

Hike for Health at Wehr Nature Center
Hike along with this group that walks Wehr’s trails together on Wednesday mornings for camaraderie, exercise and fun. Meet in the Visitor Center.

  Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful

Spring Cleanups in The Parks
Lend a helping hand to clean up the parks, parkways, and rivers during the Great American Cleanup. Locations throughout Milwaukee County. Lend a hand at Lincoln Park.

Spring Show at The Domes

That's Amore! Spring Floral Show at The Domes
Love will fill the air . . .as will the aroma of Mediterranean herbs and scented geraniums surrounding the rustic courtyard in the Italian countryside.


 Bird Identification at Wehr

Warbler Walk in Lake Park
These free, informal walks are open to the public of all ages and birding skills. Recreational birders familiar with the park lead groups to the best birding spots in the park.

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)


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Grant Park Beach Volleyball League Signup
Sand volleyball league registration is now open at our NEW LOCATION on Grant Park Beach!

Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events
Bird Identification at Wehr Natural Areas Field Trips
Explore the parks with Natural Areas Staff, from April–November. 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
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Bradford Beach Volleyball League
Watch the volleyball leagues in action, beginning May 27!

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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.


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. 

The Domes

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes. Open 365 days a year!
 - Story Time for Children (Ages 3-8 years)
  Monday mornings 10:00 a.m.


Summer Camps in The Parks
The fun and learning
keep kids engaged all summer long! 
- Adventure Summer Camp
- Milwaukee Y Day Camp


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

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

Fun Runs and Walks

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!


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2015 Dog Exercise Area Permits on Sale
Get your 2015 Dog Exercise Areas annual admission permits now. Buy a 2015 permit and get the rest of 2014 free! Good at all seven Dog Exercise Areas.


 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

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

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   - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal
As part of the construction on the Menomonee River Parkway, parking for the Currie Park Dog Exercise Area will only be available in the lot off of Capitol Dr. during construction.


Lake Park Bridge and Ravine Road Closures
Beginning Mon., Dec. 8, 2014,  The Lake Park bridge above Ravine Road and Ravine Road will be closed for maintenance. Watch this page for updates.


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.

Path Closure: Between 115th Street and Watertown Plank Road
Terra Engineering will be repairing the path Wed., May 13-Thurs., May 14 and requires that the path be closed to the public during this time. Please follow posted signs.




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

Menomonee River Parkway Closure at Church Street
The Parkway will be closed for about two weeks for sewer work and pavement repair, beginning Monday, April 20. A detour will be posted rerouting traffic to 76 Street and North Avenue. Soccer at The Gully and other fields or rental facilities east of Swan Boulebard can be accessed from the west. 


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



Become a Partner of the Parks
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