Milwaukee County Parks System
Our park system has long been a source of pride for the communities of Milwaukee County in southeastern Wisconsin. With over 140 parks and parkways totaling nearly 15,000 acres, we offer a source of recreational enjoyment for citizens and visitors alike.
Besides the tax levy, park user fees support our programs. Additional financial assistance comes from federal and state grants, non-profit partners and corporate sponsors.
Our park system began with the creation of The Milwaukee County Park Commission on August 20, 1907. Although parks had already been established within the limits of the City of Milwaukee by the City Park Commission, the visionary new County Park Commission had a much broader goal for the park system. Early Commissioners conceived of a park system that would form a "green belt" or series of scenic drives and parks encircling the county. Parks were located in outlying areas to allow for population expansion. Commissioners selected land not only for its natural beauty and interest, but also for its fitness for various forms of active and passive recreation.
*Have your next special family gathering, community-group event, or business function, you’ll find a Milwaukee County Parks site to complement your event.Weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, business meetings, banquets, community-group socials, revivals, concerts, plays, and sports tournaments are among the many events held at rental sites in the parks each year. For more Rental information call Public Services at 414-257-8005