Milwaukee County Parks

Access from Watertown Plank Road was permanently closed January 6, 2014
The Parks Administration Building will be accessible from Discovery Parkway, the north/south road running between Watertown Plank Road and Swan Boulevard. GPS units may not reflect the new access.

 Watertown Plank Road News

Read more about the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Zoo Interchange Project.  


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spring flowers, golf, fishing, bicycling, little league

This week in the Parks  -  Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2014

Golf Courses Are Open 
Check Course Conditions
Sign up to receive special-offer emails or texts.

See upcoming tournaments


Beer Mug

Final Week at the Beer Gardens
Enjoy Gemütlichkeit in the Parks!

 - The Landing in Hoyt Park 
 - Estabrook Park Beer Garden  

Nite-Glow Golf logo

Is regular golf too challenging…or not challenging enough? Try Nite-Glow Golf, an after-dark game that everyone will enjoy. Great for groups too!


Halloween Events
- Ghosts Under Glass
- Nite-Glow Golf - Halloween Edition

- Ghostly Gathering at the Grand Hall


Play FootGolf
New this year! A combination of soccer and golf!
 - 18-Hole Course at Lincoln Park 
 - 9-Hole Course at Doyne Park


WeedOut logo

Fall WeedOut in a Park near You!
Become a "Weed Warrior" and help rid the parks of invasive plants!



The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes:
- Over the Rainbow, Fall Mum Show
- Dinos Under Glass - thru Nov. 2

- Story Time at The Domes

Help Plant Trees - Help Migratory Birds
Join the Doctor's Park Friends to reforest the Park to support migratory birds

Public Skate at Wilson Rec Ice Arena
Skate year-round on our standard NHL-sized rink during public skate hours! Rental skates available for all ages.


  dia de los muertos

Dia de los Muertos Parade Project
Celebrate the lives of those who have passed into death. Take part in face-painting, art-making, and ofrenda-making activities before the procession. Enjoy music and dance, and a vigil for peace. 

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



Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Estabrook Park Beer Garden Cyclocross Classic


    Farmers Market: Girl at produce stand

Farmers Markets in the Parks
Find plants and fresh produce from Wisconsin farms. Vendors offer seasonal produce, plants, cut flowers, and baked goods. Shop local!

Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

Hike for Health
Come to Wehr Nature Center for hour-long hikes. Meet Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the Fireplace Room.


Classes & Programs
at Boerner Botanical Gardens

Learn at a variety of adult, family, and children's classes, workshops, walks, and special programs.

Kids Programs at Wehr Nature Center
Children will 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)


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

Get Your 2014 Dog Exercise Area Permit - NOW ONLY $10
Permit-based DEAs offer daily or annual admission passes. Get out and play with your human!

  Built On Water - old-style postcard

Built on Water:
Milwaukee’s Use and Abuse of a Vital Resource

Enjoy this lecture and reception with Milwaukee Historian, John Gurda. Presented by Lake Park Friends.

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!


 Lake Michigan Duck Watch
View sea birds along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The event is a free, informal watch open to all ages and levels of birding experience.


Invasive Species ID & Native Plant Restoration
Join Milwaukee County Parks Natural Areas Manager Brian Russart for a work day at the South Shore Native Plant Garden. Registration required.


 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. Review the presentation and see our online surveys.

Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam PARK PLANNING
   - Estabrook Park Dam Project

Rethink / Renew logo

   - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal

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


Menomonee River Parkway: Patching
Sat., Nov. 1, the parkway will be open with lane restrictions. Patching will take place between Hoyt Park Drive and Church Street.


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.

Oak Leaf Trail Reconstruction:
Underwood Creek Parkway

The Oak Leaf Trail along the Underwood Creek Parkway
from Fairview Avenue south to Washington Avenue—will be closed for reconstruction. See the construction map or detour map


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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Milwaukee County Parks, 9480 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226