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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2015 Traveling Beer Garden Adds Second Tour
The additional Beer Garden truck means that two parks will have stops each week of the sixteen-week tour. Each stop will feature beer and other refreshments from Sprecher Brewing and there will also be authentic German food available from Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub. 

This week in the Parks  -  March 2-8, 2015

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Music Under Glass Concert Series
Enjoy live concerts every Thursday night through March 19 at the Mitchell Park Domes!


Pulaski Pool Dollar Days - Lap Swimmer

Pulaski Pool Dollar Days
A Day in the Pool for only $1

Join us on 3 days in March and enjoy all the day's programs! Activities include
Lap Swim, Water Exercise, Aqua-Zumba, and Open Swim. Marco! Polo! See you there!

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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.


Germany Under Glass

Germany Under Glass
Gemütlichkeit comes to The Domes! Enjoy music, dance, authentic foods, and table-top displays. This year’s festival will also celebrate two historic events and the recent soccer championship.

2015: A Space Odyssey  -- Garden Train Show

2015: A Space Odyssey -- Garden Train Show
See a futuristic train show featuring space houses and flying saucers in an alien landscape in a galaxy far, far away!


Lake Park Birders

Lake Michigan Duck Watch
View sea (and other) birds along the Lake Michigan shoreline during this free, informal watch. Open to the public of all ages and levels of birding experience. Meet at North Point, just north of Bradford Beach.

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Slice of Ice
Milwaukee's favorite outdoor ice skate rink in the heart of downtown is open for the season - weather permitting. Voted Best Place to Skate three years in a row!


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"Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America"
See the PBS documentary on the legacy of the Father of Landscape Architecture. The presentation hosted by the Lake Park Friends History Committee.
The film will be introduced by Laurence Cotton, originator of the film as well as principal researcher, Consulting Producer, and author of an essay about the legacy of John Charles Olmsted


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)


Farmer's Market Carrots

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers' Market
Select from a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, bakery, poultry and meats at The Domes on Saturday mornings.


Winter Sports
Snow and cold are here... so, if you can't beat it, join it and have fun in your parks. Stay tuned for updates on sledding, skating, skiiing, snowshoeing and more!


Dog Sled Rides

Door County Sled Dogs
Come experience the sled dogs! Visit with the dogs, ask the mushers questions, take pictures and then enjoy an actual dog sled ride around the trail.


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The Rock Snow Parks
Winter fun activities for people of all ages. Spend the day skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing!
This weekend: Ruckus at The Rock
Snow Party!

Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

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.



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. 

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


2015 Dog Exercise Area Icon 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.
  Sign up to receive special-offer emails or texts from our golf courses.
Courses are closed, but stay tuned to our Course Conditions

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!


Fun Runs
Run with the Badgerland Striders!
Train with the best, run with the best, be the best!

Public Skate at Wilson Ice Arena
Come can skate year-round on our indoor,  standard NHL-sized rink groomed ice. Great way to have fun with the family!





 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

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.






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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