Milwaukee County Parks




 This week in the Parks:  July 25–31, 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


Golf is OPEN
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See current Course Conditions

  Beer Mug - Visit the beer gardens in the Parks!

Visit the Beer Gardens in The Parks!
- The Parks Traveling Beer Garden 
The Landing at Hoyt Park
- South Shore Terrace Miller 1855

- Estabrook Beer Garden
- Milwaukee's Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park 

Nite-Glow Golf

Try Nite-Glow Golf
This is not your father'sgolf game! After dark Friday night, put on a glow-in-the-dark necklace and play with a glowing golf ball on a course with illuminated tees, flag sticks, and holes.

  Summer's Best Parks Concerts

Concerts in a Park near you!
Start planning your summer! More than 100 performances in 22 Milwaukee County Parks!

Fairy Garden & Events at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Build Your Fairy Garden
There's still time to create your best fairy garden this weekend and have it ready for the Aug. 7 contest--with prizes in three age categories   

  Dragon Boat Festival

 Dragon Boat Festival
A FREE event showcasing Chinese culture and tradition! Dragon-boat racing is the main attraction. Other highlights include the dragon dance, cultural exhibits, and performances of dance, folk music, and martial arts. Authentic Chinese food available for purchase.

Mitchell Park Domes

The Domes Summer Show, "Summer on Olympus"
Experience a Greek garden filled with aromatic Mediterranean herbs, trees, and summer flowers. Amid the blooms, classic sculptures bring Greek mythology to life.

  Yoga Among The Trees - at Wehr Nature Center

  Yoga Among The Trees
Find calm among the trees at Wehr Nature Center. The program brings together a meditative walk with a naturalist and gentle yoga with a registered yoga teacher

Friday Fish Fry in The Parks

Friday Fish Fry in The Parks 
Gather with family and friends at the Golf Clubhouses at Whitnall and Grant Park for a traditional Milwaukee fish fry!

The Great Duck Race

 The Great Duck Race
See 1,000 colorful plastic ducks float to victory for their ticket-holders at the Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse Heritage Days.

Picnic & Building Rentals in Milwaukee County Parks

Plan Your Family Picnic or your family reunion at a building in the Parks! 
Locations are available throughout the County! Many sites have shelters available, some with electricity.

  Sweet Apple-Wood Festival

 Sweet Apple-Wood Festival
Join the Cudahy Lions Club for a weekend of music, food, and family fun

Cool Waters in Greenfield Park

Make a Splash at the Pools & Splash Pads
Stay cool at the Family Aquatic Centers, deep-well pools or splash pads this summer!

  Farmers Markets in The Parks

Shop Local: Farmers Markets in The Parks
Enjoy produce fresh from the farm and support local small businesses. Vendors offer seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods.

Rose arbor at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Explore the Botanical Gardens 
See thriving plants in all the garden spaces, from the annual garden, bog walk, and daylily path to the herb garden, rock garden, and shrub mall. Learn more through the classes and programs of the Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens 

  Free Family Flicks

 Family Flicks
Treat the family to a free movie in the Parks! On Saturday, head to Humboldt Park for Ferris Bueller's Day Off (PG-13)

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. 


  Oak Leaf Discovery Tour

Take the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour
Explore your Parks and collect stamps in your OLDT passport for chances to win prizes from the Park People of Milwaukee County!


Bow Tie at Wehr Nature Center

See Bow Tie at Wehr Nature Center 
The 11-point buck with the "bow tie" marking had been poached in December 2015 but now lives on as an Animal Ambassador at Wehr, where staff will use him in teaching school children about wildlife stewardship.

  Artists Working in Education in the Parks

 FREE Art Activities in the Parks with AWE 
Follow the Summer Truck Studio to the Parks! Artists Working in Education offer kids from 4-14 the chance to 
create paintings, masks, sculptures, and other projects.

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)


Summer Day Camps in The Parks
Adventure Summer Camp
Milwaukee Y Day Camp 

King Community Center Summer Camp
- Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers Free Summer Camp





  Run Walk

Walks, Runs, Rides 
 - Hike for Health at Wehr
 - Badgerland Strider Fun Run
 - Marathon Build-Up Run
 - Run for The Parks
 - Race for the Bacon
 - Liver Life Walk
 - Cudahy Classic  


 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.

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

 - 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 being done, with completion expected by late July. Use caution when on the trails, and please stay out of work areas.

College Avenue Detour Through Whitnall Park
Cities of Franklin and Hales Corners will be reconstructing portions of College Avenue. Construction should begin 7/13 and last about three weeks. All areas of the Park/Botanical Gardens should be accessible. See the detour map


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


Dog Exercise Area

Runway Dog Exercise Area Closure
The DEA will be closed Aug. 1-2 for maintenance. It will reopen at Aug. 3 at 6:15 a.m.

Currie Dog Exercise Area Closures
Forestry work to remove dead and severly declined trees will delay opening the Currie DEA as follows:
Delayed openings at 3 p.m.
East yard on Tue., Aug. 16
West yard on Wed., Aug. 17

During the closures, please visit our other DEAs.

  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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