Milwaukee County Parks

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 This week in the Parks:  Oct. 16-22, 2017
South Shore Terrace

South Shore Terrace Kitchen & Beer Garden
Located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Bay View. Enjoy local foods, local brews, and an amazing view! 

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Whitnall Park Beer Garden Open for the Season (Fall Hours Sat–Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Meet with family and friends to enjoy the 24 craft beer taps in Whitnall Park, through Oct. 22

China Lights: The Magic Returns

China Lights Tickets Now on Sale! - Open through Oct. 22
Plan to attend the world-class lantern festival celebrating Chinese culture.
- Magical displays
- Stage shows by professional entertainers from China
- Food -- authentic Chinese cuisine as well as Western food items
- A bustling marketplace
All on 10 acres of Boerner Botanical Gardens.

Farmers Markets in The Parks

Farmers Markets in The Parks
Select produce fresh from a Wisconsin farm! Vendors offer seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, baked goods, and more! Some offer musical entertainment.


Dog on Walk

Runs, Walks, Bike Rides
- Hike for Health at Wehr Nature Center
- 2017 Parks Race Guide
- Badgerland Striders Fun Run 



Dog Exercise Area Permits

Enjoy the Dog Exercise Areas in the parks—where you and your human can run free! The 2017 Tags are available for purchase online or at these locations!


Disc Golf in Milwaukee County Parks

Disc Golf Permits 
Buy your 2017 Disc Golf Permit Tags —available for purchase online

 Parks Happenings   
Dog Exercise Areas

Warnimont Dog Exercise Area Closure
The Warnimont DEA will be closed Oct. 10 for path chipping. It will reopen Oct. 11

We appologize for any inconvenience. Please visit one of the other DEAs during the closures

  Oak Leaf Trail logo

East Side Oak Leaf Trail Reconstruction Project
(From just north of East Bellevue Place
to just south of North Prospect Avenue)

The two-phased project is anticipated to begin in November.
Phase I: Drainage
Phase II: Reconstruction (Spring '18)

Phase I will require temporary weekday trail closures. The trail will be signed for detours.

Project Summary
Proposed Detour

Oak Leaf Trail logo

Oak Leaf Trail at Watertown Plank Road Closures
The Oak Leaf Trail may be closed 10/9 for concrete surface repair on the bridge pier. It may also be closed between 10/11-10/13 for placing the new 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

  Oak Leaf Trail logo

Temporary Trail Detours
During Zoo-Interchange Project

Please follow detour signage for segments of the Hank Aaron State Trail (closed through Summer '18), as well as segments of the Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trail (temporary alternating closures through Fall '17). Closures are due to the reconstruction of the I-94 bridge over Underwood Creek.

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 in late July will occur after substantial completion of construction, the South Shore Frolics, and continuing renovations at the site.

  Oak Leaf Trail logo

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
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

Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam

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


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