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. 


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


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The Traveling Beer Garden - Tour Extended!
Follow the Traveling Beer Garden to six different locations on the 2014 Tour!
Stop #6: August 13-24: Falk Park, 2013 W Rawson Ave, near the pavilion
Hours: Mon-Fri: 4-10 p.m.;  Sat-Sun-Holiday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

This week in the Parks  -  August 18 - August 24, 2014


Golf Courses Are Open 
Check Course Conditions
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See upcoming tournaments


Beer Mug

Check out the Beer Gardens
Enjoy Gemütlichkeit in the Parks!

 - The Traveling Beer Garden
 - The Landing in Hoyt Park
 - Estabrook Park Beer Garden
   On their US Tour, world-class musicians from Germany, "Blaskapelle Gemmingen," stop to perform at the Estabrook Beer Garden - Learn more!
 - Humboldt Park Beer Garden 

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The Champions - Qualifying Events
Register with a friend for this 2-person scramble tournament for golfers age 50 and better. Register by Wed., Aug. 27  for the final Qualifier at Oakwood on Sept. 3rd

Summer's Best Parks Concerts Summer's Best FREE Concerts
Enjoy this great lineup of live music all summer long. A variety of genres presented at locations throughout the county. FREE!

Bat Night at Wehr
Join a Wehr Nature Center Naturalist for an evening devoted to the fiction, folklore, and facts about these common and misunderstood wild neighbors.

Cool character


Time to Swim!
- Family Aquatic Centers - open thru Labor Day
  COMING LABOR DAY: The Doggie Dip
- Splash Pads & Wading Pools
- open thru Sun., Aug. 17 or Sun., Aug. 24 (staggered closings)


The Milwaukee Masterpiece
See some of the finest classic cars, trucks and motorcycles in the Midwest. Parade, Club Saturday, and Concours d’elegance

Friday Fish Fry in the Parks

Friday Fish Fry in the Parks
Start the weekend with a Milwaukee tradition - the Friday-night Fish Fry! Enjoy your time with family and friends in the beautiful surroundings of Grant and Whitnall Parks.


Free Movies in the Parks
Enjoy FREE family-friendly movies in the parks!
Movies begin at dusk.
Sat, Aug 23: Cars (G)

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Nite-Glow Golf
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!

  cape may warbler in Lake Park

Warbler Walk at Lake Park
Join birders, familiar with the warblers of Lake Park, for a morning walk. Birders of all skill levels are welcome!
. This is the first in a series of walks focused on the fall migration.

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


Kilbourntown House Tours
The house built by Benjamin Church in 1844 and relocated to Estabrook Park in 1938 is fully furnished with period furniture. Enjoy free tours on Saturdays through August, thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Estabrook Park.

The Mitchell Park Domes
Experience a desert oasis, a tropical jungle, and special displays at The Domes this summer:
- Dinos Under Glass - Ends Sept. 7th

- Plant-tastic Voyage Show - Open Sat & Sun 

  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!

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


Surrey ride along The Lakefront

The Lakefront
While at The Lakefront, enjoy a variety of activities offered through our partners!

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


Runs, Walks, & Rides
- Badgerland Striders Half Marathon
- Walk & Run for Wishes
Boerner's Hike & Bike

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




Top Picks for Upcoming & Ongoing Park Events

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!



Doggie Dip at Cool Waters

After Cool Waters has closed for the "human swimming season," and before it is drained for the year, it will open for the Doggie Dip. Come bring your dog for a swim!

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


Free Movies in the Parks
Enjoy FREE family-friendly movies in the parks!
Movies begin at dusk.

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): Turtle Time
 - NatureNauts (Age 4-6): Grasshoppers



Classes & Programs
at Boerner Botanical Gardens

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



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

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!





 Parks Happenings   

Parks Future Planning Process
Learn more about Milwaukee County Parks 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Review the presentation and see our online surveys.


Emerald Ash Borer

What is it? Is it affecting your trees? How can you help prevent the spread?

Follow quarantine guidelines. 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 about the signs of EAB infestation. Visit
  • Report ash trees that show signs of infestation. Call the EAB hotline toll-free at 1-800-462-2803 or email
Milwaukee River, South of the Estabrook Dam


   - 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


Testing To Turn Underwood Creek Green
In an effort to reduce rainwater and other clearwater entering the sanitary sewer system, the City of Wauwatosa has retained services for dye water testing in the area between Watertown Plank Road and Diane Drive. Work will be ongoing until August 15 and is weather dependent.


Lake Park Road Reconstruction
Lake Park Road, at the north entrance of Lake Park, will be closed for reconstruction. Some paths in the area may also be closed. Alternate parking is available on Lake Drive and on Lake Park Road at the Newberry Blvd. entrance. Construction is scheduled for completion in late spring 2014.




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

OLT at Brown Deer Park
Overhead utility line clearance will affect a short segment of the OLT just south of Bradley Rd., adjacent to the west side of Brown Deer Park, on Wed., 8/13/14, between 7 a.m. and noon.  Cones and signage will identify the work zone, which will remain passable.  


Conservation Leadership Corps
Connecting with nature, learning leadership skills, and working as a team.


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


Dogs & their humans at the Dog Exercise Area 

 Runway DEA Closure
The DEA will be closed for maintenance Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 until 3 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please visit our other DEAs



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