Lake Park, Milwaukee
Lake Park in 1890. Historic North Point Lighthouse at horizon.
|Architect||Frederick Law Olmsted|
|NRHP Reference #||93000339|
|Added to NRHP||1993|
Lake Park, located on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is an urban park covering 138.1-acre (559,000 m2). The park is part of a mostly contiguous stretch of lakefront amenities that extend north from Milwaukee's downtown, including Bradford Beach, various parks, McKinley Marina, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Lake Park was designed in the late 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York City along with many others. Believing that access to nature had a civilizing and restorative effect on the urban public, Olmsted designed Lake Park in the Romantic tradition, with a preference for natural (over formal) landscaping, winding paths, a variety of vistas, incorporation of wildlife, and a balance between active recreation and more passive enjoyment.
The park terrain includes both bluffs and ravines. In addition, Lake Park is home to the last remaining Indian mound in the city of Milwaukee. The others were destroyed by early settlers of the city and surrounding area.
It also contains the North Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1855.
A 6-hole golf course was built in 1903, expanding to 18 holes in 1930.
- Gurda, John (2006). The Making of Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee County Historical Society. p. 203. ISBN 0-938076-14-0.
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