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Milwaukee County Parks Milwaukee County Parks is an amazing network of trails, parks, historic attractions, golf courses, beaches, beer gardens & nature. #MKEthemost

Milwaukee County Parks is an amazing network of trails, parks, historic attractions, golf courses, beaches, beer gardens & nature. The 'emerald necklace' of park land that wraps around the county includes 140 miles of trails, 169 parks and parkways, 15 golf courses and hundreds of playgrounds, athletic fields and picnic sites, as well as the historic Mitchell Parks Domes and Boerner Botanical Gardens. Discover everything the parks system offers and #MKEthemost of your parks by visiting www.countyparks.com

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Join our 1st Annual Brew Hero Blitz TOMORROW! Just you, a bag, and 10 minutes in a park of your choice!
05/07/2021

Join our 1st Annual Brew Hero Blitz TOMORROW! Just you, a bag, and 10 minutes in a park of your choice!

Join our 1st Annual Brew Hero Blitz TOMORROW! Just you, a bag, and 10 minutes in a park of your choice!

Want to learn more about Dredged Material Management Facility Project? Check out the Zoom link below for the meeting on ...
05/06/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Dredged Material Management Facility Public Information Meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Want to learn more about Dredged Material Management Facility Project? Check out the Zoom link below for the meeting on May 18th, 2021.

Join Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Waterway Restoration Partnership on May 18th for a virtual public information meeting about the Dredged Material Management Facility Project. The Dredged Material Management Facility (DMMF) is a key project of the Milwaukee Estuary AOC initiative...

Much of the litter we find in parks is plastic bags, plastic bottles, and things like coffee cups and straws. That's why...
05/05/2021

Much of the litter we find in parks is plastic bags, plastic bottles, and things like coffee cups and straws. That's why our May Brew Hero theme is Bottles, Bags, and Brews! #mkebrewhero
Sign up ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://buff.ly/3uY6nqy

Much of the litter we find in parks is plastic bags, plastic bottles, and things like coffee cups and straws. That's why our May Brew Hero theme is Bottles, Bags, and Brews! #mkebrewhero
Sign up ๐Ÿ‘‰ https://buff.ly/3uY6nqy

๐Ÿšจ Opening Announcement ๐ŸšจThe South Shore boat launch is now open as of May 4th, 2021. Thanks for your patience โ˜บ
05/04/2021

๐Ÿšจ Opening Announcement ๐Ÿšจ
The South Shore boat launch is now open as of May 4th, 2021. Thanks for your patience โ˜บ

๐Ÿšจ Opening Announcement ๐Ÿšจ
The South Shore boat launch is now open as of May 4th, 2021. Thanks for your patience โ˜บ

unless policies change at a state level, local funds for local priorities, like parks, will run out by 2027 - this artic...
05/04/2021
MKE County: County Faces Financial Disaster

unless policies change at a state level, local funds for local priorities, like parks, will run out by 2027 - this article from Urban Milwaukee breaks down the funding challenges

By 2027 structural deficit will leave zero dollars to spend on parks, transit, other local services.

Springtime means the arrival of baby animals at Wehr Nature Center and other Milwaukee County Parks! Please help us keep...
05/04/2021

Springtime means the arrival of baby animals at Wehr Nature Center and other Milwaukee County Parks! Please help us keep these precious young ones safe by:
Staying on trails
Following posted policies about pets. Dogs are not permitted at Wehr Nature Center and dogs must always be on a leash along Milwaukee County Park trails. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Please give wildlife space and don't touch!
If you think a baby animal is in need of help, please contact the Wisconsin Humane Society Wildlife Department at 414-431-6204.

Take a drive through Whitnall Park and see all the lovely crabapples in bloom. Bloom on Mother's day and the following w...
05/03/2021

Take a drive through Whitnall Park and see all the lovely crabapples in bloom. Bloom on Mother's day and the following week, May 7-15th ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Take a drive through Whitnall Park and see all the lovely crabapples in bloom. Bloom on Mother's day and the following week, May 7-15th ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

See a monarch? Look again. This monarch mimic is, in fact, a viceroy. Note the horizontal stripes on the back wings. Unl...
05/01/2021

See a monarch? Look again. This monarch mimic is, in fact, a viceroy. Note the horizontal stripes on the back wings. Unlike their doppelgangers, viceroys donโ€™t migrate. Instead, they overwinter as caterpillars, emerging in spring to feed on their host plants: willows, aspens, and cottonwoods. ๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ

See a monarch? Look again. This monarch mimic is, in fact, a viceroy. Note the horizontal stripes on the back wings. Unlike their doppelgangers, viceroys donโ€™t migrate. Instead, they overwinter as caterpillars, emerging in spring to feed on their host plants: willows, aspens, and cottonwoods. ๐Ÿ˜โ˜บ

๐Ÿšจ Closure Announcement ๐ŸšจDue to repairs that need to be done. The South Shore boat launch will be closed from April 30th ...
04/30/2021

๐Ÿšจ Closure Announcement ๐Ÿšจ
Due to repairs that need to be done. The South Shore boat launch will be closed from April 30th to May3rd, 2021 (pending everything is fixed) please stay tuned for updates.

๐Ÿšจ Closure Announcement ๐Ÿšจ
Due to repairs that need to be done. The South Shore boat launch will be closed from April 30th to May3rd, 2021 (pending everything is fixed) please stay tuned for updates.

04/29/2021

Throwback Thursday: Bradford Beach ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‘

Brew Hero Blitz! May 8th! Let's see how many Parks we can cover!
04/28/2021

Brew Hero Blitz! May 8th!
Let's see how many Parks we can cover!

Brew Hero Blitz! May 8th!
Let's see how many Parks we can cover!

Peak spring migration is around the corner and it's time to brush up on your bird ID skills. Whether your a seasoned bir...
04/27/2021

Peak spring migration is around the corner and it's time to brush up on your bird ID skills. Whether your a seasoned birder or just starting out, Wehr's got you covered! Learn to bird with the experts and join in on counts, hikes and more at Wehr Nature Center

Peak spring migration is around the corner and it's time to brush up on your bird ID skills. Whether your a seasoned birder or just starting out, Wehr's got you covered! Learn to bird with the experts and join in on counts, hikes and more at Wehr Nature Center

๐ŸšจWe're Hiring!๐Ÿšจ Check out the gig below for our new position as Nature Center Director! โ˜บ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ‘‰https://buff.ly/2QYjGZt ๐Ÿ‘ˆ
04/26/2021
Now hiring: Nature Center Director!

๐ŸšจWe're Hiring!๐Ÿšจ
Check out the gig below for our new position as Nature Center Director! โ˜บ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒผ
๐Ÿ‘‰https://buff.ly/2QYjGZt ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Parks Equity Statement: Milwaukee County Parks is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse work force that is demographically and racially repr...

As the weather gets warmer (mostly) and more of us in Milwaukee County get vaccinated, weโ€™re receiving a lot of question...
04/26/2021

As the weather gets warmer (mostly) and more of us in Milwaukee County get vaccinated, weโ€™re receiving a lot of questions about which park activities will be available this summer; so weโ€™ve put together this snapshot to show where plans currently stand.

(This information may change frequently, so please also check our Knowledge Bank for the latest updates.)

Outdoor Amenities
The CDC recently updated their guidance on using outdoor equipment, based on the low risks of catching COVID-19 from surfaces. This means that playgrounds, outdoor gyms and other outdoor equipment will be open as usual this summer โ€“ social distancing and frequent hand washing are still advised, of course.

Picnic areas and picnic shelters will be available to rent too, and reservations are now being accepted. The majority of park restrooms will also be open this summer, but no decisions have been made yet on whether bubblers will be switched on.

Outdoor Sports & Activities
All 14 golf courses are now open for the season. Capacity limits are still in place in clubhouses and masks are required inside clubhouses. Disc golf courses, which are being rested to allow for turf to regrow, will reopen on May 1.

Non-contact sports are permitted, so tennis courts, basketball courts, and futsal courts will be open. Baseball, softball and volleyball courts are available to rent for practices, or for leagues and tournaments with approved safety plans. Milwaukee County Parks, however, will not be offering the spring/summer softball league 2021 season. We are hoping that we will be able to have fall sports leagues starting in August. Permits for contact sports, such as rugby or football, are not currently being issued.

Current health guidelines cap outdoor activities at 1000 people โ€“ which means most group volunteering, such as weed-outs can also go ahead. Weโ€™re also seeking volunteers for our micro-volunteering program, Brew Hero, as well as volunteers for community science initiatives such as bee monitoring.

Special Events
Small special events with an approved COVID-19 safety plan will be permitted over the summer. These events include 5k runs, farmers markets and outdoor weddings. Large special events that attract crowds of over 1,000 are currently not being granted permits.

Large-scale gatherings like the Jul 3 Fireworks Show and the Air & Water Show are still being explored, but smaller firework displays on July 4 can be permitted with approved safety plans.

Trails
Forked Aster hiking trails and the Oak Leaf Trail are open as usual. Two long-term detours are currently in place on the Oak Leaf Trail, however. One on the Root River Line on the Underwood Creek Parkway near Hansen Golf Course to accommodate work on the interstate, and the second is on the Zip Line due to the sink hole โ€“ work on that repair is expected to start this year.

In addition to the trails, Active Streets will return to Estabrook Park Parkway this summer.

The Domes, Boerner & Wehr
The Mitchell Park Domes will continue to operate with its current hours throughout summer โ€“ so theyโ€™ll remain closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, and open 9am-5pm Wed-Fri and 9am-4pm on weekends. Capacity is still limited and advance reservations are required.

Boerner Botanical Gardens will open seven days a week, with limited capacity, starting on May 1. Advance reservations are required and public access to the visitor center will be limited, but small rentals and weddings will be allowed.

At Wehr Nature Center, the nature trails and outdoor amenities including the accessible pier are open. Access to the visitor center is limited to the restrooms and front desk.

Community & Sports Centers & Indoor Amenities
Most indoor facilities remain closed to the public or have limited access. Kozy Community Center and Milwaukee County Sports Complex are currently being used as vaccination sites for Milwaukee County. The gyms at both Kozy and King Centers are open for controlled access. The Milwaukee County Sports Complex and Wilson Ice Arena remain closed to the public.

Rentals for indoor spaces, including park pavilions, will be available with limited capacities. South Shore Pavilion, Gordon Park Pavilion and Greenfield park pavilion are currently available, with more venues planned to open for rentals starting on June 1, and all indoor pavilions targeted to open by November 1.

Pools, Beaches & Splash Pads
Several outdoor pools and water parks are planned to open this summer โ€“ but the number of pools we open will be dependent on how many lifeguards weโ€™re able to hire. The opening plans for wading pools and splash pads will likely be similar to 2020 โ€“ with partial openings equitably distributed throughout the county. Please check our website or Parks explorer app for updates.

Lifeguard recruitment will also impact our ability to provide lifeguards for Bradford Beach this year. McKinley Beach will be closed for swimming for this summer due to continued safety risks. High lake levels have increased tโ€ฆ

As the weather gets warmer (mostly) and more of us in Milwaukee County get vaccinated, weโ€™re receiving a lot of questions about which park activities will be available this summer; so weโ€™ve put together this snapshot to show where plans currently stand.

(This information may change frequently, so please also check our Knowledge Bank for the latest updates.)

Outdoor Amenities
The CDC recently updated their guidance on using outdoor equipment, based on the low risks of catching COVID-19 from surfaces. This means that playgrounds, outdoor gyms and other outdoor equipment will be open as usual this summer โ€“ social distancing and frequent hand washing are still advised, of course.

Picnic areas and picnic shelters will be available to rent too, and reservations are now being accepted. The majority of park restrooms will also be open this summer, but no decisions have been made yet on whether bubblers will be switched on.

Outdoor Sports & Activities
All 14 golf courses are now open for the season. Capacity limits are still in place in clubhouses and masks are required inside clubhouses. Disc golf courses, which are being rested to allow for turf to regrow, will reopen on May 1.

Non-contact sports are permitted, so tennis courts, basketball courts, and futsal courts will be open. Baseball, softball and volleyball courts are available to rent for practices, or for leagues and tournaments with approved safety plans. Milwaukee County Parks, however, will not be offering the spring/summer softball league 2021 season. We are hoping that we will be able to have fall sports leagues starting in August. Permits for contact sports, such as rugby or football, are not currently being issued.

Current health guidelines cap outdoor activities at 1000 people โ€“ which means most group volunteering, such as weed-outs can also go ahead. Weโ€™re also seeking volunteers for our micro-volunteering program, Brew Hero, as well as volunteers for community science initiatives such as bee monitoring.

Special Events
Small special events with an approved COVID-19 safety plan will be permitted over the summer. These events include 5k runs, farmers markets and outdoor weddings. Large special events that attract crowds of over 1,000 are currently not being granted permits.

Large-scale gatherings like the Jul 3 Fireworks Show and the Air & Water Show are still being explored, but smaller firework displays on July 4 can be permitted with approved safety plans.

Trails
Forked Aster hiking trails and the Oak Leaf Trail are open as usual. Two long-term detours are currently in place on the Oak Leaf Trail, however. One on the Root River Line on the Underwood Creek Parkway near Hansen Golf Course to accommodate work on the interstate, and the second is on the Zip Line due to the sink hole โ€“ work on that repair is expected to start this year.

In addition to the trails, Active Streets will return to Estabrook Park Parkway this summer.

The Domes, Boerner & Wehr
The Mitchell Park Domes will continue to operate with its current hours throughout summer โ€“ so theyโ€™ll remain closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, and open 9am-5pm Wed-Fri and 9am-4pm on weekends. Capacity is still limited and advance reservations are required.

Boerner Botanical Gardens will open seven days a week, with limited capacity, starting on May 1. Advance reservations are required and public access to the visitor center will be limited, but small rentals and weddings will be allowed.

At Wehr Nature Center, the nature trails and outdoor amenities including the accessible pier are open. Access to the visitor center is limited to the restrooms and front desk.

Community & Sports Centers & Indoor Amenities
Most indoor facilities remain closed to the public or have limited access. Kozy Community Center and Milwaukee County Sports Complex are currently being used as vaccination sites for Milwaukee County. The gyms at both Kozy and King Centers are open for controlled access. The Milwaukee County Sports Complex and Wilson Ice Arena remain closed to the public.

Rentals for indoor spaces, including park pavilions, will be available with limited capacities. South Shore Pavilion, Gordon Park Pavilion and Greenfield park pavilion are currently available, with more venues planned to open for rentals starting on June 1, and all indoor pavilions targeted to open by November 1.

Pools, Beaches & Splash Pads
Several outdoor pools and water parks are planned to open this summer โ€“ but the number of pools we open will be dependent on how many lifeguards weโ€™re able to hire. The opening plans for wading pools and splash pads will likely be similar to 2020 โ€“ with partial openings equitably distributed throughout the county. Please check our website or Parks explorer app for updates.

Lifeguard recruitment will also impact our ability to provide lifeguards for Bradford Beach this year. McKinley Beach will be closed for swimming for this summer due to continued safety risks. High lake levels have increased tโ€ฆ

If you've ever found a large monarch caterpillar far from a milkweed plant, there's probably no need for concern. Monarc...
04/24/2021

If you've ever found a large monarch caterpillar far from a milkweed plant, there's probably no need for concern. Monarchs prefer to pupate away from their host plant in a better camouflaged and less predictable spot to keep them safe from predators.

If you've ever found a large monarch caterpillar far from a milkweed plant, there's probably no need for concern. Monarchs prefer to pupate away from their host plant in a better camouflaged and less predictable spot to keep them safe from predators.

Hey, thanks Andrew at Estabrook Park for being a Brew Hero! Fun fact: Andrew also keeps a photoblog called "Signs of Lif...
04/23/2021

Hey, thanks Andrew at Estabrook Park for being a Brew Hero! Fun fact: Andrew also keeps a photoblog called "Signs of Life in Estabrook Park." Our volunteers are amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž

Check out his blog! https://buff.ly/39c2cPm ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Hey, thanks Andrew at Estabrook Park for being a Brew Hero! Fun fact: Andrew also keeps a photoblog called "Signs of Life in Estabrook Park." Our volunteers are amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Ž

Check out his blog! https://buff.ly/39c2cPm ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

Milwaukee County Lifeguard Corps is an independent lifesaving agency that has provided safe swimming locations throughou...
04/22/2021

Milwaukee County Lifeguard Corps is an independent lifesaving agency that has provided safe swimming locations throughout Milwaukee County for the last 75 years. โ˜บ๐Ÿ‘โค

Milwaukee County Lifeguard Corps is an independent lifesaving agency that has provided safe swimming locations throughout Milwaukee County for the last 75 years. โ˜บ๐Ÿ‘โค

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are the Offices open for permits?
Did you play Tennis in the younger years? Why not try PT-Ball? We are warming up today to get ready for the season! Message me if you are interested!
I took a walk today at Hoyt Park... https://fb.watch/4Vs8nNXBL-/
Hey y'all the play area at the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee operated by the Milwaukee County Parks department needs some TLC. Today, there were dirty diapers in the street, trash everywhere and someone dumped charcoals in the sewer drain. Pics below. County Supervisor Felesia Martin
Could you or City of Cudahy Wisconsin (whoever is responsible for the sewers) take a look at the manhole at the top of the trail that leads from the Oak Leaf Trail to the lakeshore in Sheridan Park? It is leaking water and what appears to be sewage.
Good morning. Just a quick question in regards to the bike trail sections of the oak leaf trail. While most seem to have been plowed, there is a section going north off of 107th and silver spring that just never seems to never get snow removed. Just wondering as to why that is given that there isn't really a good route to go north from there. thanks.
Has Milwaukee county parks ever considered a plan to connect Hubbard Park to Kern Park with a pedestrian bridge? I see this as no brainer... incredible possibility to connect Riverwest with Shorewood, the Oakleaf, MSOE etc.
Have guidelines been set for 2021 pavilion reservations? Usage?
Does anyone know if Whitnall Park has trails groomed for skate skiing?
Seriously, how hard is it to do it right?!?
The South Shore Terrace beer garden has reopened with 10 heated chalets.
With a walk through Lake Park added!