MKE Parks

MKE Parks MKEparks is a City of Milwaukee, Department of Public Works, neighborhood park system. MKE Parks, a City of Milwaukee neighborhood park system, provides outdoor play opportunities in over 60 locations across the City of Milwaukee.

MKE Parks are funded through the City of Milwaukee and private donations. In collaboration with neighborhood partners, we empower residents to re-create public spaces that reflect local needs, interests, and identity. In doing so, previously underutilized parks are transformed into enriching play environments which provide positive physical, social and economic impact to the areas they serve. All kids deserve quality play opportunities and we work to ensure that is the case in Milwaukee.

Operating as usual

05/20/2021

Are you a Bay View resident who missed Tuesday's meeting, but still wants to share some thoughts on how to redevelop Zillman Park? I've got great news for you! You can still share your opinion via the survey that can be found here: https://engagemke.com/zillman-park. Please don't wait, as the survey closes on May 26th!

Reminder to Bay View residents: join us tomorrow at 6:00 PM for a virtual community meeting to discuss the future of Zil...
05/17/2021
Zillman Park

Reminder to Bay View residents: join us tomorrow at 6:00 PM for a virtual community meeting to discuss the future of Zillman Park! You can join the meeting via the community engagement page that is linked below. https://engagemke.com/zillman-park

Landing page for Zillman Park

Calling all residents of the Bay View Neighborhood! MKE Parks, in collaboration with the Bay View Neighborhood Associati...
05/12/2021

Calling all residents of the Bay View Neighborhood! MKE Parks, in collaboration with the Bay View Neighborhood Association, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, and Quorum Architects, is holding a community meeting to gather feedback on the upcoming reconstruction of Zillman Park. The meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM. Please check out the the park's social pinpoint page below for more details. See you on Tuesday! https://engagemke.com/zillman-park

Calling all residents of the Bay View Neighborhood! MKE Parks, in collaboration with the Bay View Neighborhood Association, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, and Quorum Architects, is holding a community meeting to gather feedback on the upcoming reconstruction of Zillman Park. The meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM. Please check out the the park's social pinpoint page below for more details. See you on Tuesday! https://engagemke.com/zillman-park

Photos from Mayor Tom Barrett's post
05/12/2021

Photos from Mayor Tom Barrett's post

Always great to see more GI coming to Milwaukee!
05/06/2021

Always great to see more GI coming to Milwaukee!

Got plastic bottle caps? Donate them to a local youth art project!
04/29/2021

Got plastic bottle caps? Donate them to a local youth art project!

Donate plastic caps for youth Community Art Project!

The vacant brownfield site at Green Tech Station will be turned into a green infrastructure demonstration and environmental education destination over the summer. The interns will create a mosaic at the site using plastic caps from everyday objects such as peanut butter jars, mayonnaise jars, milk jugs, water and soda bottles, and anything else that has a hard plastic lid. These will be screwed onto wood panels and mounted on the fence at Green Tech Station.

Help the interns in creating this beautiful and eco-friendly mosaic by cleaning and saving your plastic caps in a sealed bag or container and dropping them off at one of the locations in the below by June 1st, 2021.

➡️ https://linktr.ee/artworksformilwaukee

Photos from Northwest Side Community Development Corporation's post
04/13/2021

Photos from Northwest Side Community Development Corporation's post

04/08/2021

Come join our MKE Parks team for an outdoor/ socially distanced event to collect some community feedback about the reconstruction of 30th & Cawker Park. Happening this Saturday 10 am to 2 pm at the park (2929 N. 30th St).

04/06/2021

Project Clean & Green is coming to your neighborhood soon! Project Clean & Green is a City-wide program designed to foster neighborhood price through coordinated clean up.

Learn more about the program and which week we'll be in your neighborhood at www.Milwaukee.gov/cleanandgreen.

DPW Milwaukee

Do you live in the Sherman Park or Park West neighborhoods? Would you like a chance to share your opinion on what an upc...
04/01/2021

Do you live in the Sherman Park or Park West neighborhoods? Would you like a chance to share your opinion on what an upcoming local park reconstruction should include? Please join us at 30th & Cawker Park for a socially distanced open house "park reimagining" session on Saturday, April 10th from 10:00 am to 2 pm. More details below!

03/30/2021

The City of #Milwaukee announced a new round of grant funding for 2021 focusing on healthy food access in our communities!

Deadline to apply is April 5, 2021.

For more information, visit milwaukee.gov/FFAF

Timeline Photos
03/22/2021

Timeline Photos

We’re glad to lift up the stories of incredible @SpecialOlympics athletes this Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. These stories inspire hope, confidence, and courage! #DDAware https://www.specialolympics.org/stories?locale=en

Image: Special Olympics athletes at event. Photo by Joe Sohm courtesy of Dreamstime.

03/18/2021

Join us this coming Saturday at 11:00 am for a historic nature walk at Harriet Tubman Park.
We will be practicing social distancing and face masks are required.
RSVP to Danitra: [email protected] | 414-444-8204
We hope to see you there!

5 things to know this week in Milwaukee: March 15 to 20
03/16/2021
5 things to know this week in Milwaukee: March 15 to 20

5 things to know this week in Milwaukee: March 15 to 20

Apply to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg scholarship; tune in to the Equal Rights Commission’s virtual talk; register for summer camp at the Urban Ecology Center; celebrate women in theater; and learn about incarcerated mothers.

Top 10 Trails in Wisconsin
03/11/2021
Top 10 Trails in Wisconsin

Top 10 Trails in Wisconsin

With more than 101 rail-trails spanning nearly 2,000 miles, 25,000 miles of snowmobiling routes, and a national scenic trail that traverses 1,000...

03/02/2021

Spring registration is now open for city of Milwaukee residents! Many classes fill quickly, so sign up today to guarantee your spot. To view the full spring guide online and find more information on registration and safety measures, please visit our website: mkerec.net/guide!

Please note: several Adult Sports and Aquatics program offerings have returned this spring!

We are working hard to best serve our community while ensuring the safety of our customers and staff. Any schedule changes or cancelations will be communicated to you as soon as possible. Visit mkerec.net/CanceledPrograms for an updated list of canceled spring programs.

There will be no in-person registration this season.

02/23/2021

📣Calling on community partners to help reduce reckless driving. Grant awards available from $1,000 up to $5,000 to create safer streets, foster community involvement & build awareness around the dangers and impacts of reckless driving. Info/application milwaukee.gov/recklessdrivingminigrants

02/16/2021

Seeking community groups for the return of #ActiveStreetsMKE. Groups can received up to $5,000 to propose, do outreach for & monitor streets repurposed for walking/biking/ wheeling. Application, initial results from our 2020 survey and more info at milwaukee.gov/ActiveStreets2021.

02/10/2021

Applications are OPEN for the EARN & LEARN Summer Youth Internship Program (SYIP)!

To learn more and to apply, visit milwaukee.gov/EarnandLearn/syip

#EarnAndLearn #Internship #Milwaukee #MKE #Summer #youth

Mayor's Design Awards
02/09/2021
Mayor's Design Awards

Mayor's Design Awards

Affordable land and leasing costs, abundant fresh water, an educated workforce, low business costs and easy access to financing, technical assistance and efficient transportation have helped local businesses succeed and grow.

Opinion: A One-Time Investment in Our Parks
02/02/2021
Opinion: A One-Time Investment in Our Parks

Opinion: A One-Time Investment in Our Parks

The Trust for Public Land President and CEO Diane Regas makes the case for an historic $500-million dollar investment in our community parks.

Even in the midst of a pandemic and cold winter people are finding creative ways to build community with one anther. Che...
01/26/2021
Serpentine Maze: Pop-up parks in a time of pandemic

Even in the midst of a pandemic and cold winter people are finding creative ways to build community with one anther. Check out this amazing popup park created by a group in Canada! http://www.placemakers.com/2021/01/18/serpentine-maze-pop-up-parks-in-a-time-of-pandemic/

In this week's post, PlaceMaker Hazel Borys walks us through a pop-up park that she and her friends built. And how it helps implement three of the 22 actions of the Pandemic Toolkit. Click below to...

Vote for your absolute favorite parks and public spaces via this poll from USA TODAY! The picture for the riverwalk cate...
01/21/2021
Where are the best parks and public spaces in the United States?

Vote for your absolute favorite parks and public spaces via this poll from USA TODAY! The picture for the riverwalk category may look familiar... :D https://www.10best.com/interests/outdoor-adventures/best-parks-public-spaces-united-states-vote/

10Best editors partnered with urban planning experts to nominate our favorite public spaces across North America. Now we need you to vote for your favorites. Voting ends on Monday, February 15 at noon ET, and you can vote once per day, per category.

The Gardner Park Community Gathering Space, made possible via a grant from AARP, is coming together! Here are some progr...
01/15/2021

The Gardner Park Community Gathering Space, made possible via a grant from AARP, is coming together! Here are some progress pics! Tables with game boards, benches, a neighborhood information kiosk, and flower plantings will be arriving later this year!

A great article detailing how cities are partnering with schools to make more park space available during this pandemic....
01/13/2021
This nonprofit is turning empty schoolyards into vibrant public parks

A great article detailing how cities are partnering with schools to make more park space available during this pandemic. https://www.fastcompany.com/90592974/how-one-nonprofit-is-turning-empty-school-yards-into-vibrant-public-parks?partner=rss&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss

Schoolyards are being converted into parks at a time when many people are desperate for outdoor space.

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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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MKE Parks, a City of Milwaukee neighborhood park system, provides outdoor play opportunities in over 60 locations across the City of Milwaukee. MKE Parks are funded through the City of Milwaukee and private donations. In collaboration with neighborhood partners, we empower residents to re-create public spaces that reflect local needs, interests, and identity. In doing so, previously underutilized parks are transformed into enriching play environments which provide positive physical, social and economic impact to the areas they serve. All kids deserve quality play opportunities and we work to ensure that is the case in Milwaukee. The MKE Plays Initiative: Play is an important component of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual well-being of all people. Parks provide urban residents with opportunities for play. However, without adequate funding for the maintenance of these spaces, and a lack of resident engagement in their design, parks become deteriorated and underutilized.

By 2015, this had become the norm for many Milwaukee parks. They were no longer serving to enhance the quality of life for residents, but rather were burdening them with the violence, substance abuse, and vandalism they attracted.

In response to this growing problem, Milwaukee 10th District Alderman Michael Murphy created the MKE Plays initiative to re-establish parks as a priority for local government and transform the city’s most underutilized parks into enriching play environments. With the help of engaged residents and partner organizations, MKE Plays reconstructed 13 parks over 3 years.

The City of Milwaukee now looks to build on this success and implement the MKE Plays model at 26 parks over the next 6 years, putting the city back on track to sustainable management by 2025. With the continued leadership of Alderman Murphy, we seek to accomplish this vision by:

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