Bringing People Together
Milwaukee County Parks is committed to making facilities and attractions accessible to all visitors. This guide highlights the accessible venues and activities available within the parks system. Milwaukee County's Office for Persons with Disabilities also provides details on accessibility information throughout the County.
Handcycles & Adaptive Bikes
Check out a handcycle for free at Wheel Fun Rentals at Veterans Park South, on the Lake Loop section of the multi-use Oak Leaf Trail. Surrey bikes, with up to three rows of side-by-side riding, are available for rent.
Request a Handcycle
Bublr bike-share stations also offer adaptive bikes at select locations. Stations are in the parks at Cathedral Square, Red Arrow Park, Walker Square and Zeidler Union Square. Check the Bublr website for availability.
Visit waterparks at Cool Waters in Greenfield Park, Schulz Aquatic in Lincoln Park or Pelican Cove in Kosciuszko Park for easy entry and lots of interactive water features. Outdoor pools at McCarty Park and Wilson Park have ramps into the pools from the deck edge and indoor pools at Noyes Park and Pulaski Park have accessible entry too. All of the free splash pads let you roll into the fun too!
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Reserve an adaptive golf car at Currie Park Golf Course or Greenfield Park Golf Course and swing while seated! The fee is the same as the rental for a standard golf car. A Paramobile golf car that helps you stand to golf is available at Currie Park to pre-qualified players who have a disability.
Call the course to request a golf car at least 48 hours in advance:
Currie Park (April – early July): (414) 453-7030
Greenfield Park (late July – close): (414) 256-4010
Paramobile Application Information: (414) 453-6890
Accessible Beer Gardens
Enjoy a beer in the park at South Shore Terrace on the shore of Lake Michigan, at the Vine Humboldt in Humboldt Park, or at Whitnall Beer Garden along the Root River Parkway in Greendale. And don't forget the Traveling Beer Gardens! All feature wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and restrooms as well as free Aira service.
More About the Beer Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens
Ramps throughout the Botanical Gardens take you to colorful and fragrant displays in 12 garden spaces. For weddings or personal events, rent the accessible Whitnall Park Rotary Circle terrace. Programming, a cafe and banquet rental space are available in the accessible Education and Visitor Center. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use while visiting.
View the Accessibility Guide
The Domes: Gardens Under Glass
Explore the desert dome, tropical dome and floral show dome at the accessible Mitchell Park Conservatory. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for use during your visit.
View the Accessibility Guide
Beach Wheelchairs at Bradford
Hit the beach with a free beach wheelchair checkout. The beach wheelchairs feature wide tires to allow you to manuever in the sand and into the water. Plans are also underway to add mobi mats (shown above) for easier access from the beach to the water.
Free Aira App Access
Through the free Aira app on a smartphone, people who are blind or have low vision can access highly-trained, remotely-located agents for instant access to visual information. Available year round at Boerner Botanical Gardens, The Domes and Wehr Nature Center. Available seasonally at the Beer Gardens, Bradford Beach, Veterans Park and major concert series locations.
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Ice Sleds at Red Arrow Park
If you've dreamed of gliding around an ice rink, the ice sleds at Red Arrow Park can help to make that dream come true. Sledges are available to check out for free during the winter skating season at the outdoor refrigerated rink.
Call to request a sled at least 24 hours in advance: (414) 289-8791
Accessible Fishing Piers
Find accessible piers at Holler Park and Scout Lake Park, or fish along the seawall at Veterans Park. All of these locations are stocked by the Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery and the WDNR. If you are 16 or older, you'll need a fishing license and inland trout stamp from the WDNR.
Get Your Fishing License
Wil-O-Way Recreation Centers
Milwaukee County parks are home to two recreation centers inspired by the saying, "Where there's a will, there's a way." Wil-O-Way Grant in South Milwaukee and Wil-O-Way Underwood in Wauwatosa offer a wide variety of programs to individuals with disabilities who are age 16 and up.
More About Wil-O-Way Recreational Programming
Milwaukee County parks partners with several orgainizations to offer raised-bed gardens. UW–Extension operates community gardens in several parks, including rentable plots at Cupertino Park and the Healing Garden for military veterans at Kohl Park, with involvement of the Milwaukee Vet Center. Senior centers at Washington Park and Wilson Park, operated by the Department on Aging, also offer raised-bed gardening to members.
Playgrounds for All Kids
Play areas and playgrounds are designed so that children with disabilities have easier access and use of the play equipment — and more interaction with other kids! All play areas are ADA compliant to the year of installation or upgrade. Many playgrounds have rubber surfaces. Find adaptive swings at 15 play areas.
View the Accessibility Guide
Multi-use Oak Leaf Trail
The Oak Leaf Trail system includes miles of graded, accessible multi-use trails; however, some branch lines do have challenging road crossings. Branch lines with the fewest road crossings include the Zip Line, the South Shore Line and the Milwaukee River Line between Estabrook Park and downtown Milwaukee.
View Trail Map
Many Milwaukee County parks can be accessed on Milwaukee County bus routes. All buses feature a low-floor design, ramps for people in mobility devices and a special seating area.
View Routes & Schedules