Milwaukee County Parks

Brown Deer Boathouse in Fall.

 Milwaukee County Parks Administration Building Holiday Closures: 
  - Closed Monday, December 26, 2016
  - Closed Monday, January 2, 2017

 This week in the Parks:  Nov. 28–Dec. 4, 2016

A Friendly Reminder. . .

  • Pay attention to Park closing hours. Parks close at 10 p.m.
  • Pack it in, Pack it out! Place trash in the proper containers or take it with you.
  • Please be considerate of your fellow park patrons and neighbors
  Giving Tuesday

  Year-end Giving: Support Your Parks!        
Make a donation to one or more of the many Friends Groups that support the Parks. Some groups support individual parks, and the Park People supports all Milwaukee County Parks! 

Golf Your Parks!
Sign up for special-offer emails or texts.
See current Course Conditions

  Mitchell Park Domes

Grand Reopening of The Domes, Dec. 1        
Celebrate the reopening of all three domes! Visit the holiday floral show, tropical rainforest, and desert oasis. FREE admission and live music! 

Currie Golf Holiday Sale

Currie Golf Holiday Sale       
Beginning Black Friday, shop for golf merchandise and gift cards at the Holiday Sale. Gifts and coupons toward green fees with purchases of $50 and $100, respectively. 

  Paint & Pour for Adults at Wehr Nature Center

  Homemade Holidays 
  and Paint & Pour       
Kids and Adults can let their creativity shine at Wehr on Saturday! Take a break from the holiday rush and get crafting!

Disc Golf in Milwaukee County Parks

Play Disc Golf  
Pack up some discs and head to the courses! Free play at practice courses; day and annual passes available at the pay-to-play courses. 

  Holiday Lights

Holiday Lights  
Kick off the holiday season Nov. 17 at Pere Marquette Park. Also view the displays of Holiday Lights in Cathedral Square and Ziedler Union Square.


Not a Creature was Stirring - Holiday Floral Show at The Domes

  Holiday Floral Show       
See signs of life in the winter forest set amid a wide variety of Poinsettias, Amaryllis, Coleus, Cyclamen, and Pansies.  

  Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market

Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market
Fresh produce, baked goods, and more are offered for sale in the indoor comfort of The Domes Annex

Kids Programs at Wehr Nature Center
Children enjoy a variety of activities that lead to discoveries in nature.

  - Little Wonders (Age 2 & 3)
  - NatureNauts (Age 4-6)
  Run Walk

 Walks, Runs, Rides
Hike for Health 
 - Santa Hustle     



 Parks Happenings   
Oak Leaf Trail logo

Underwood Creek Parkway Closures
As part of the Zoo Interchange project, Oak Leaf Trail and Deer Creek Trail will have temporary closures for the demolition and reconstruction of the I-94 bridge over Underwood Creek. Closures are expected to begin Friday, March 25 and continue through early August. One trail will remain open at all times.
See the alternate routes for each of these closures.

State Champion Tree at South Shore Park

State Champion Tree in South Shore Park Under Stress 
On the northern edge of South Shore Park on East Estes Street, the European Copper Beech, which is more than 100 years old and a landmark in Bay View, is showing signs of stress.

  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.

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

  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


I-794 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Lincoln Memorial Drive Closed
The ramps to Lincoln Memorial Drive remain closed. Ramps at Jackson & Van Buren may be used during this time. See the WI DOT website for details


Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam
Rethink / Renew logo

 - KK River Parkway Reconstruction: South 76 Street to West Cleveland Avenue
 - Estabrook Park Dam Project
 - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal
 - Johnsons Park
 - Dineen Park Master Plan


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. 


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

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

Bridge Recontruction in Whitnall Park
Two parkway bridges on either side of College Ave (just west of 92 St) are under construction. Please follow detour signs. All areas of the Park/Botanical Gardens remain accessible.


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.


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

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