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. Get Directions to Parks Administration. 

 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  -  Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2014

Golf Courses Are Open 
Check Course Conditions
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See upcoming tournaments


Beer Mug

Check out the Beer Gardens
& Oktoberfest Events

Enjoy Gemütlichkeit in the Parks!

 - The Landing in Hoyt Park
 - Estabrook Park Beer Garden
 - Humboldt Park Beer Garden

 - MKE-Oktoberfest
 - Milwaukee Oktoberfest

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


Cranking the Cider Press

Cider Sunday at Wehr Nature Center
Freshly made apple cider, apple treats, live music, and guided hikes through the woods and prairie are highlights of this family-friendly event.

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

- Story Time at The Domes 



Oak Leaf Discovery Tour
Discover your parks and the Oak Leaf Trail. Purchase your passport, collect stamps and keywords, and be eligible to win prizes at the end of summer!

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



WeedOut logo

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


Boerner Botanical Gardens
Milwaukee County's "Living Museum" is celebrating its 75th year! Take in the colors and scents of all the collections.


  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!


Halloween Haunts Tickets on Sale NOW!


Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup
Pitch in to improve the quality of our Great Lakes beaches!





Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Sista Strut Walk
Walk to End Alzheimers
- Cross-Shooshko Cyclocross
- Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon
Milwaukee Out of the Darkness Run
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!


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.


Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Lakefront Discovery Run


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!

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!



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!


Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup
Pitch in to improve the quality of our Great Lakes beaches!






 Parks Happenings   

Menomonee River Pkwy Closure
On Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, the Oak Leaf Trail will be temporarily closed east of Charles Hart Parkway for City of Wauwatosa sewer installation. A path detour will be in place.


On Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014 the parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic just east of Charles Hart Parkway.  Traffic signs will be in place to direct travelers.


Menomonee River Parkway will be closed to through traffic from Swan Blvd to Harmonee on Fri., Oct. 3, 2014. The contractor will be installing storm sewer just east of Charles Hart Parkway.


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

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   - Menomonee River Parkway Renewal

I-794 Eastbound Exit Ramp to Lincoln Memorial Drive to Close Nov. 4-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



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


Menomonee River Pkwy & Church Street
The morning of Thurs., Sept. 25, 2014, flaggers will direct bike traffic on the path. Trail patrons are reminded to obey signage and the direction of the flaggers.


Utility Line Clearance
Mon., Sept. 29, 2014, crews will be working along the OLT segment from Locust Street north to Providence Avenue. Work will be performed from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Trail access will be available, but users are reminded to use caution when traveling through the work zones. Work zones will be marked with signage and cones. Work is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 3, 2014, weather permitting.


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