List of parks in Milwaukee

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Most parks in Milwaukee are owned and maintained by Milwaukee County as part of a county-wide system. However, some parks are administered by other entities, such as the state of Wisconsin, the city of Milwaukee, or neighborhood organizations.

Parks in Milwaukee County park system[edit]

The Milwaukee County Park system was awarded the 2009 National Gold Medal Award "for excellence in the field of park and recreation management" by the National Recreation and Park Association.[1][2][3][4]

Park Address Size Notes Photo
Alcott 3751 S 97 St 16.9-acre (68,000 m2)
Algonquin 7850 N 51 St 9.4-acre (38,000 m2) This park, located in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, has historically been a neighborhood park. Located adjacent to Algonquin Elementary School (now demolished), Algonquin Park is the home of a playground and wading pool.
Armour 6105 W Norwich Ave 14.6-acre (59,000 m2)
Atkinson 936 W Atkinson Ave 1.3-acre (5,300 m2)
Back Bay 2315 E Back Bay 6.5-acre (26,000 m2) Overlooks Lake Michigan
Baran 2600 S Chase Ave 23.8-acre (96,000 m2) Baran Park has primarily been a baseball park, housing several ball diamonds. Nestled between the freeway and the neighborhoods of Bay View, Baran Park has provided a quiet island adjacent to several highly populated areas on Milwaukee's south side.
Barnard 3300 W Barnard Ave 10.1-acre (41,000 m2) Adjacent to Greenfield Middle School
Bay View 3120 S Lake Dr 37.5-acre (152,000 m2)
Bay View Park along the Oak Leaf Trail
Beckum 900 W. Brown St
Bender 4503 E Ryan Rd 302.7-acre (1,225,000 m2)
Big Bay 5000 N Lake Dr 8.7-acre (35,000 m2)
Bradford 2400 N Lincoln Memorial Dr 29.0-acre (117,000 m2) Beach volleyball courts along Lake Michigan
Brown Deer 7835 N Green Bay Rd 362.6-acre (1,467,000 m2) Location of the Brown Deer Park Golf Course and since 1994, the U.S. Bank Championship. Golf course designed by George Hansen in 1929.
Burns Commons 1300 N Franklin Pl 1.5-acre (6,100 m2) The original site (called "First Ward Triangle") was donated to the City of Milwaukee by a real estate developer named James H. Rogers in 1847, making it one of the oldest parks in the city. The city soon changed the name to Franklin Park, the later renamed the park in honor of Scottish poet Robert Burns, to whom there is statue.[5]
Butterfly 37th and Meinecke Ave
Caesar's 1939 N Warren Ave 3.7-acre (15,000 m2) Southern end of the "east bank trail" on the East Side, adjacent to the east bank of the Milwaukee River and the former North Avenue dam. Site was originally acquired by the City of Milwaukee Water Department in 1889 and was named Milwaukee River Dam Park. In 1929, it was transferred to the city's parks department and named Caesar's Park in honor of Caesar Paikowski.[6] In 1997, the city of Milwaukee removed the central section of the North Avenue dam, allowing the water to flow faster.[7]
Cambridge Woods Cambridge & Providence 20.9-acre (85,000 m2) Located in Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood, west of University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, along the Milwaukee River.
Cannon 303 N 95 St 8.5-acre (34,000 m2)
Carver 911 W Brown St 23.2-acre (94,000 m2) A portion of the current site has a history of park use which dates back to 1853. At that point in time, Quentin's Park, a private facility, occupied the site of what is now Roosevelt Middle School plus much of the southerly part of Carver Park. In 1879 this land was sold to the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company and Schlitz Park (a popular beer garden) was created.[8] Through the 1940s, the park was called Lapham Park[9] and featured the Lapham Memorial.
Cathedral Square 520 E Wells St 2.1-acre (8,500 m2) The exact site of Milwaukee's second courthouse (1873–1931), as well as neighboring land to the first courthouse, which was just north of the park.[10] Next to St. John's Cathedral and location of "Jazz in the Park," an outdoor summer concert series.
Center Street 6420 W Clarke St 4.5-acre (18,000 m2)
Chippewa 11500 Park Hill Ave 10.5-acre (42,000 m2)
Clarke Square 2330 W Vieau Pl 2.1-acre (8,500 m2) Donated in 1837 by Nathaniel Brown and Norman and Lydia Clarke, who at the time were real estate developers in the area.[8]
Clas 930 W Wells St 1.0-acre (4,000 m2) Located adjacent to the south entrance of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The Park Commission acquired the land (which had been a parking lot) from the County Board in 1967. A fountain was added during redevelopment of the space in the 1980s. The park was named after Alfred C. Clas, a prominent architect and planner who also served as a County Park Commissioner (1907–1917)[11]
Columbus, Indigenous Peoples' 7301 W Courtland Ave 10.4-acre (42,000 m2)
Cooper 8701 W Chambers St 8.4-acre (34,000 m2) Named for William H. Cooper who served as a member of the Milwaukee County Parks Commission from 1948 to 1955, the park contains a rental pavilion, softball diamonds, a play structure, and a wading pool. The Friends of Cooper Park partner with the county for park improvements, volunteer activities, and community events.[12]
Photo of the Cooper Park pavilion from SE
Copernicus 2150 W Klein Ave 20.3-acre (82,000 m2)
Cudahy 3000 E Ramsey Ave 17.6-acre (71,000 m2)
Cudahy Nature Preserve 501 E College Ave 42.2-acre (171,000 m2)
Cupertino 2000 E Iron St 7.1-acre (29,000 m2) Named after County Supervisor Daniel Cupertino, this area was previously the northernmost portion of Southshore Park.
Looking North into Cupertino Park
View of Lake Michigan from Cupertino Park
Currie 3535 N Mayfair Rd 195.7-acre (792,000 m2) Golf course designed by George Hansen in 1927.
Dineen 6901 W Vienna Ave 64.2-acre (260,000 m2) Located on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the park land was first acquired in 1951, with major developments in the 1960s. Named in honor of Cornelius R. Dineen, Park Commissioner (1927–1955).[13]
Doctors 1870 E Fox Ln 54.8-acre (222,000 m2) Overlooks Lake Michigan; adjoins Schlitz Audubon Nature Center
Doyne 5300 W Wells St 35.4-acre (143,000 m2)
Dretzka 12020 W Bradley Rd 326.0-acre (1,319,000 m2) The majority of park land was acquired in 1956. The park was named after Jerome C. Dretzka, a member of the Park Commission (1920–1963). The 210-acre (0.85 km2) golf course opened in 1964. Other facilities include a golf driving range, picnic areas, sand volleyball, a multi-use athletic field, a disc golf course, a segment of the Oak Leaf Trail, and a groomed cross-country ski trail.[14]
Estabrook 4400 N Estabrook Dr 122.0-acre (494,000 m2) Located along the easterly bank of the Milwaukee River between Hampton Ave and Capitol Drive. Initial acquisition of land for the park started in 1916. Significant development took place in the early and mid-1930s, led in part by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The historic Benjamin Church House—built by pioneer builder Benjamin F. Church—was moved to the park in 1938.[15] The WITI TV Tower is also located within the park.
Euclid 3200 S 88 St 9.1-acre (37,000 m2)
Falk 2013 W Rawson Ave 215.8-acre (873,000 m2)
Franklin 10400 W Oakwood Rd 164.5-acre (666,000 m2)
Froemming 8801 S 51 St 16.9-acre (68,000 m2)
Garden Homes Square 2600 W Atkinson Ave 1.8-acre (7,300 m2)
Gilman Triangle 2475 N Lake Dr 0.4-acre (1,600 m2)
Gordon 2828 N Humboldt Blvd 25.0-acre (101,000 m2) The City of Milwaukee purchased the site for Gordon Park in 1907. In 1937, it was turned over to Milwaukee County as part of the consolidation of parks.[16]
Grant 100 E Hawthorne Ave 379.3-acre (1,535,000 m2) Located in South Milwaukee, established in 1911 after Horace Fowle's sale of farm land.[17]
Grant Park Fall 2011
Granville Dog Park 11718 W Good Hope Pl 25.4-acre (103,000 m2) Milwaukee County's first dog park. Established in 1998, Granville Dog Park sits in what was once the town of Granville before it was annexed by the City of Milwaukee. Originally created by a combination of political leaders and a non-profit group, Partners in Parks, Granville Dog Park is now run exclusively by the Milwaukee County Parks department.
Greene 4235 S Lipton Ave 36.5-acre (148,000 m2)
Greenfield Park 2028 S 124 St @ W Greenfield Ave 282.3-acre (1,142,000 m2) Located in West Allis at the source of both the Root River and Underwood Creek. The majority of land for the park was acquired in 1921. The golf course, designed by George Hansen, opened in 1923. The park's pool became the county's first outdoor swimming pool when it opened in 1932.[18]
Grobschmidt 3751 W College Ave 152.0-acre (615,000 m2) Composed of oak-hickory woodland, sedge meadow, and a six-acre pond named Mud Lake. Formerly used by Native Americans and is virtually undeveloped except for the park sign and walking trail.
Hales Corners 5765 S New Berlin Rd 33.1-acre (134,000 m2)
Hansen 9800 W Underwood Creek Pkwy 51.4-acre (208,000 m2)
A.C. Hanson 9100 N Maura Ln 13.5-acre (55,000 m2) This small park in Brown Deer houses a great playground.
Hart 7300 Chestnut Street Wauwatosa, WI 53213 19.5-acre (79,000 m2)
Hartung 3266 Menomonee River Parkway Wauwatosa, WI 53222 .28-acre (1,100 m2)
Hawthorne Glen 1130 North 60th Street 23-acre (93,000 m2) Nature center museum, live native animals, ¾ mile self-guided nature trail, picnic areas
Highland 4000 W Highland Blvd 3.4-acre (14,000 m2)
Holler 5151 S 6 St 15.4-acre (62,000 m2)
Holt 3300 S 106 St 20.6-acre (83,000 m2) Undeveloped park located in Greenfield.
Hoyt 1800 Swan Blvd 20.0-acre (81,000 m2)
Humboldt 3000 S Howell Ave 70.2-acre (284,000 m2) One of the city's first parks, opened in 1891. In 1900, it was named to honor Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander Freiherr von Humboldt.[19]
Jackson 3500 W Forest Home Ave 113.0-acre (457,000 m2) First named Reynolds Grove in 1907, renamed in honor of Andrew Jackson in 1910. The park contains the Statue of Commerce or "The Pewter Lady." This statue by sculptor Gustav Haug had originally stood over the entrance of the Chamber of Commerce building in downtown from 1880 until 1909.[20]
Jacobus 6501 W Hillside Ln 26.0-acre (105,000 m2) The original name of the site was Sholes Park in honor of Christopher Sholes. In 1932, the site was renamed in recognition of the role Charles C. Jacobus, a former county supervisor from Wauwatosa, had in development of the park system.[21]
Johnsons 1919 W Fond du Lac Ave 13.2-acre (53,000 m2)
Johnstone 6750 S 24 St 12.7-acre (51,000 m2)
Joseph Lichter N Swan Rd & W Fairy Chasm Dr 33.7-acre (136,000 m2)
Juneau 801 N Lincoln Memorial Dr 15.8-acre (64,000 m2) Named after Solomon Juneau. Overlooks Lake Michigan just north of downtown. Originally under the jurisdiction of the public works department. The original park was a narrow strip of land along the bluff above a busy railroad depot.[8]
Kern 3614 N Humboldt Blvd 30.2-acre (122,000 m2)
King 1531 W Vliet St 21.4-acre (87,000 m2) Named after Martin Luther King Jr. The County Park Commission acquired park land in 1968 from the City of Milwaukee redevelopment agency. The community center opened in 1976, which continued to provide a range of programming.[22]
Kinnickinnic Sports Center 3070 S 20 St 20.0-acre (81,000 m2)
Kletzsch 6560 N Milw. River Pkwy 140.5-acre (569,000 m2) Adjacent to the Milwaukee River within the City of Glendale. Acquisition of land for the park began in 1918 when the 35-acre (140,000 m2) Blatz farm was purchased. Named after Alvin P. Kletzsch, a member of the Park Commission (1907–1941). Archaeological studies done in the early 1930s indicated that a portion of the park once contained an Indian camp and burial ground.[23]
Kohl 7603 W County Line Rd 273.2-acre (1,106,000 m2) Named after real estate developer, Sydney Kohl, this land was donated to Milwaukee County but has become undeveloped thus far. Previous to being named the land was called Park Site 71. An effort to explore development of the property was torpedoed by neighbors adjacent to the park in 2000 amid fears of what development could bring.
Kops 3321 N 86 St 8.2-acre (33,000 m2) Named in honor of Milwaukee County Supervisor, Gerald Henry Kops, the park is located near Mount Mary College. Attorney Kops received his undergraduate degree from NYU and his law degree from Marquette University. He served as Milwaukee County Supervisor for over 20 years in the 1930s nd 1940's. The park includes a wading pool, tot lot and 2 softball diamonds.
Kosciuszko 2201 S 7 St 33.6-acre (136,000 m2) The city acquired initial land in 1890 from J. C. Coleman, and the site was referred to as the Coleman Tract and Coleman Park. During the mid-1890s the site was renamed Lincoln Avenue Park and ultimately in 1900 it was named after General Tadeusz Kościuszko, to which there is a statue.[24]
Alan Kulwicki Memorial Park 10777 W Coldspring Rd 28.2-acre (114,000 m2) Created in 1996 to honor NASCAR racecar driver, and Greenfield native, Alan Kulwicki
La Follette 9418 W Washington St 18.4-acre (74,000 m2)
Lake 3233 E Kenwood Blvd 138.1-acre (559,000 m2) Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Location of the historic North Point Lighthouse, which was built in 1855.
Lincoln 1301 W Hampton Ave 312.3-acre (1,264,000 m2) Location of the television station transmitter tower for WISN-TV and the combined tower of Weigel Broadcasting's four area stations.
Lindbergh 3629 N 16 St 3.0-acre (12,000 m2)
Lindsay 4360 N 87 St 13.3-acre (54,000 m2)
Lyons 3301 S 55 St 12.4-acre (50,000 m2)
Madison 9800 W Glendale Ave 59.1-acre (239,000 m2)
Maitland 6001 S 13 St 26.9-acre (109,000 m2)
Manitoba 2941 S 49 St 3.7-acre (15,000 m2)
McCarty 8214 W Cleveland Ave 52.1-acre (211,000 m2) Located in West Allis. A segment of the Oak Leaf Trail cuts through this park.
McGovern 5400 N 51 Blvd 61.0-acre (247,000 m2) Initially called Silver Spring Park, later renamed in honor of William R. McGovern, the longest serving Park Commissioner (1919–1964). Initial acquisition of the land took place in 1910 when the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors purchased acreage as part of the House of Corrections farm which was located in that area.[25]
McKinley 1750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr 103.3-acre (418,000 m2)
Meaux 1904 W Villard Ave 25.8-acre (104,000 m2)
Melody View Preserve 7300 N 91 St 13.9-acre (56,000 m2) Prior to acquisition by Milwaukee County, this land was owned by MPS who sold the land to Walgreens who wanted to put a pharmacy on Good Hope Road. Amid neighborhood concerns, the County Supervisor at the time negotiated donation of the land between Walgreens and the Melody View Neighborhood. A walking path which was planned of the park was scrapped amid budget concerns in the late 1990s.
Merrill 461 N 35 St 11.47-acre (46,400 m2)
Metcalfe 3401 W. Meinecke Ave
Mitchell 524 S Layton Blvd 61.0-acre (247,000 m2) Location of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.
Mitchell Airport 4446 S Logan Ave 18.8-acre (76,000 m2) Located just north of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.
Mitchell Boulevard 5115 W Bluemound Rd 15.6-acre (63,000 m2) The Tree of Life is at the North end of the park along Bluemound Rd.
Moody 2200 W Burleigh St 4.1-acre (17,000 m2)
Morgan Triangle 3404 S Kinnickinnic Ave 0.9-acre (3,600 m2)
Nash 7800 W Nash St 9.3-acre (38,000 m2)
Noyes 8235 W Good Hope Rd 71.6-acre (290,000 m2) Housing a par 3 golf course, Noyes Park is a short course on Milwaukee's Northwest side. It also houses a great playground on the western part of the park.
Oakwood 3600 W Oakwood Rd 276.0-acre (1,117,000 m2) Initial acquisition of land for the park occurred in 1958, the rest was purchased by 1961. The 18-hole golf course (opened in 1971) occupies over one-half of the park and it is the county's longest course at approximately 7,000 yards.[26]
O'Donnell Park E. Wisconsin Avenue & Prospect 9.3-acre (38,000 m2) Has views of the lakefront and downtown skyline from benches and picnic tables. Home to the Betty Brinn Children's Museum, banquet facilities and plaza gardens used for weddings and other events. The park links the east end of Wisconsin Avenue and the "Calatrava" addition of the Milwaukee Art Museum through the Reiman Bridge. A great place[original research?] to watch daily opening and closing of the Calatrava's white "wings" ("Burke Brise Soleil"), as well as fireworks and sunrises. North half of park was originally part of adjacent Juneau Park and dates back to 1868.
Pere Marquette 900 N Plankinton Ave 1.9-acre (7,700 m2) Directly west of the Marcus Center, across the Milwaukee River. The Milwaukee County Historical Society is at its western edge. The original development of the park was completed in 1976. The park is named in honor of Father (Père) Jacques Marquette.[27] Hosts the annual River Splash festival.
Pleasant Valley 1229 E Concordia Ave 23.1-acre (93,000 m2)
Pompeii Square Interstate 794 @ N Van Buren St & N Jackson St 0.4-acre (1,600 m2) Location of Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church (1904–1967), which stood west across N. Jackson St. from present-day Pompeii Square. The church (known as "the little pink church") was razed for freeway expansion in 1967.[28]
Popuch 8500 W Granville Rd 11.6-acre (47,000 m2) This small, neighborhood park is a little green oasis with an ADA compliant playground.
Prospect Triangle Bradford & Maryland 0.6-acre (2,400 m2)
Pulaski – Cudahy 5400 S Swift Ave 15.9-acre (64,000 m2)
Pulaski–Milwaukee 2677 S 16 St 25.9-acre (105,000 m2) Includes a bronze sculpture of Casimir Pulaski, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. The sculpture was created by Joseph Kiselewski,[29] a Polish - American sculptor.
Rainbow 700 S 119 St 25.9-acre (105,000 m2)
Rawson 1400 E Rawson Ave 29.7-acre (120,000 m2)
Red Arrow 920 N Water St 1.2-acre (4,900 m2) Named in honor of the symbol for the 32nd Infantry Division.[30] The original Red Arrow Park, between N 10th St and N 11th St south of Wisconsin Ave, was lost due to freeway construction. The county acquired the current site (just north of Milwaukee City Hall, east of the Marcus Center) in 1966 from the City of Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority. As part of recent redevelopment of the space, there is now a public outdoor ice-skating rink.[31]
Riverside 1500 E Riverside Pl 25.4-acre (103,000 m2) Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Present-day location of the main offices of the Urban Ecology Center.
Riverton Meadows 2800 E Honeysuckle Ave 12.1-acre (49,000 m2)
Rose 3045 N Dr M L King Jr Dr 9.6-acre (39,000 m2) Originally named after James A. Garfield in 1922. In the late 1970s, the park was renamed in honor of Clinton E. Rose who had served as a County Supervisor (1968–1977) and a Park Commissioner (1972–1976).[32]
Runway Dog Exercise Area 1214 E. Rawson Ave 26.2-acre (106,000 m2)
Saveland 3700 S 2 St 3.3-acre (13,000 m2)
Schoenecker 6237 N Hopkins St 17.5-acre (71,000 m2)
Scout Lake 5902 W Loomis Rd 64.3-acre (260,000 m2)
Servite Park Preserve 8501 N Servite Dr 20.2-acre (82,000 m2) This land adjacent to the former site of a Servite Order Monastery, the intention of this land was to be a planted and established and undeveloped prairie. The trail, designed by the County Supervisor at the time, was inspired by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. Under a public-private partnership, the trail was built by WE energies in exchange for rights to access the power lines through the park.
Sheridan 4800 S Lake Dr 131.8-acre (533,000 m2) This park is operated by Milwaukee County Park in the City of Cudahy. It was originally donated to the city by Patrick Cudahy in 1914. It lies on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.
Sherman 3000 N Sherman Blvd 20.7-acre (84,000 m2)
Smith 5462 N 33 St 19.3-acre (78,000 m2)
South Shore 2900 S Shore Dr 44.4-acre (180,000 m2)
View of Lake Michigan from South Shore Park
Southwood Glen 3180 W Hilltop Ave 8.9-acre (36,000 m2)
Sports Complex 6000 W Ryan Rd 116.5-acre (471,000 m2)
St Martin's 10705 W Robinwood Ln 19.3-acre (78,000 m2)
Tiefenthaler 2501 W Galena St 10.6-acre (43,000 m2)
Tippecanoe 1411 E Warnimont Ave 17.3-acre (70,000 m2)
Trimborn Farm 8881 W Grange Ave 7.3-acre (30,000 m2)
Uihlein Soccer Park 7101 W Good Hope Rd 67.2-acre (272,000 m2) A soccer-specific stadium built in 1994, the Milwaukee Wave sometimes practices here.
Valley 343 N 42 St 1.5-acre (6,100 m2)
Veteran's 1010 N Lincoln Memorial Dr 103.5-acre (419,000 m2) Just south of the McKinley Marina along Milwaukee's Lakefront.
Vogel 8601 W Lancaster Ave 11.8-acre (48,000 m2)
Wahl/Harriet Tubman 4750 N 48 St 12.4-acre (50,000 m2)
Walker Square 1031 S 9 St 2.1-acre (8,500 m2) Originally donated to the city by George H. Walker in 1836.
Warnimont 5400 S Lake Dr 249.4-acre (1,009,000 m2)
Washington Park 1859 N 40 St 128.5-acre (520,000 m2) Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1892. Originally named West Park, it was renamed Washington Park in 1900. It gradually became the location of the city's zoo in the late 1800s and continued there until 1963. A branch of the Urban Ecology Center opened in the park in 2007.[33] The park also includes a bandshell designed by Fitzhugh Scott, which seats 8,500 people, and opened on August 23, 1938.[34][35]
Webster 4521 N Mayfair Rd 4.5-acre (18,000 m2) Located just west of Mayfair Road, the park is owned by Milwaukee County and leased to the City of Wauwatosa. The Oak Leaf Trail runs through it.
Wedgewood 7201 W Wedgewood Dr 6.1-acre (25,000 m2)
Wehr Nature Center 9701 W College Ave 250-acre (1,000,000 m2) Located near Boerner Botanical Gardens and Whitnall Park golf course.
West Milwaukee 5000 W Burnham St 21.1-acre (85,000 m2)
Whitnall Park 5879 S 92 St 625.4-acre (2,531,000 m2) Location of the Boerner Botanical Gardens. Golf course designed by George Hansen in 1932. Largest park in the system, named after city planner Charles B. Whitnall who was instrumental in starting up the park system.
Wilson 1601 W Howard Ave 76.7-acre (310,000 m2) Named in honor of Woodrow Wilson. Initial acquisition of the site occurred in 1930. In 1938, work on the park's grade was completed by the Works Progress Administration.[36]
Wilson Recreation 4001 S 20 St 51.5-acre (208,000 m2) Located directly west of Wilson Park. Programming is done year around at the indoor ice arena for both open free style skating as well as private groups and clubs. The Milwaukee Admirals continue to use Wilson as a practice facility.[37]
Wisconsin Avenue 10300 W Wisconsin Ave 17.9-acre (72,000 m2)
Wyrick 5400 W Green Tree Rd 17.7-acre (72,000 m2)
Zablocki 3717 W Howard Ave 45.0-acre (182,000 m2)
Zeidler Union Square 301 W Michigan St 1.2-acre (4,900 m2) First Milwaukee public park in 1835, as Union Square. Acquired by the county in 1937, as Fourth Ward Square. Now named after Milwaukee's 33rd mayor Carl Zeidler.[38]
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Other parks[edit]

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Alice Bertschy Kadish 909 E. North Ave. 24-acre (97,000 m2) Home to the Selig-Joseph-Folz Amphitheater
Carmen Playfield 7320 W. Carmen St
Clovernook Playfield 6594 W. Langos
Custer Playfield 4001 W. Custer Ave
Enderis Playfield 76th street to 67th street Center to Burleigh/Lisbon 326.0-acre (1,319,000 m2) Dorothy Enderis was a public recreation pioneer. In her time, this Lady of the Lighted Schoolhouse could look at a sandbox and see the possibility of a playground within walking distance of every child; could meet each playground attendant and see the possibility of training a future community leader; and could view the ravages of the Great Depression and see the city's recreation playfields as social centers that would knit our community together. Enderis Playfield is Home of the Magic Grove sculpture.
Erie Street Plaza E. Erie St 0.25-acre (1,000 m2) Located in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood and opened in 2010. Situated at confluence of Milwaukee River and Kinnickinnic River near harbor entrance, with view of Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee Pierhead Light.
Garden Park E Locust St & N Bremen St 0.3-acre (1,200 m2) Located in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood. The site of a summer farmers' market, neighborhood gatherings and Sunday concerts. Features native prairie plantings maintained by neighborhood residents. Named in part after nearby Gordon Park, four blocks east.
Henry Maier Festival Park 200 N. Harbor Drive 75-acre (300,000 m2) Location of Marcus Amphitheater and Summerfest, among a variety of ethnic festivals
Kaszube's Park S Carferry Dr at Jones Island 0.15-acre (610 m2) City-owned park. The last trace of a Milwaukee fishing village that had been settled by Kaszubs on Jones Island. Smallest park in Milwaukee.[39]
Kilbourn Reservoir 750 E North Ave 35-acre (140,000 m2) The park was created with the removal of a 135-year-old underground drinking water reservoir that once held 20 million gallons of water. The land was donated in the 1870s to the City of Milwaukee by Mayor Byron Kilbourn.
Lakeshore State Park N Harbor Dr & E Polk St 22-acre (89,000 m2) Green space east of Milwaukee's downtown, opened in 1998 and managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. It is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.[40]
Snail's Crossing 3000 N Bremen Street 0.5-acre (2,000 m2) Green space with a playground in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood alongside a former railroad right of way. It is located 1 block west of Garden Park and across Burleigh Street from the start of Milwaukee's Beerline Trail. It was known as "Baby Park" to Riverwest residents until 1990.
Three Bridges Park South bank of the Menomonee River, from approximately S. 35th St. to just east of S. 27th St. 24-acre (97,000 m2) Opened in 2013 on brownfield and former rail yard site in Menomonee Valley. Land is owned by Milwaukee Development Authority, while park is administered jointly by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and nonprofit Urban Ecology Center.[41][42]
Urban Park 43°02'10.3"N 87°53'52.6"W 2.9-acre (12,000 m2) The green space was created in 2022. The land is owned by the Port of Milwaukee.
Victory Over Violence Park 2601 N N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr Opened in 2000 to serve as a community gathering and healing space for victims of violence and trauma.[43]
Wisconsin State Fair Park 640 S 84th St 190-acre (770,000 m2) Located in West Allis, hosts the Wisconsin State Fair since 1892.
Zillman Park S Kinnickinnic Ave & E Ward St 0.7-acre (2,800 m2) Located in the Bayview neighborhood, and managed by the City of Milwaukee, Department of Public Works. Wisconsin State Historical Marker #373, erected at the park in 1998, honors Bayview's historic immigrant worker population.[44]
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