Milwaukee County Parks
Milwaukee county parks boast a network of 15,000 acres of greenery. The park system has been touted one of the finest in the US, and is the envy of other large cities. City planners have made sure the citizens and visitors of Milwaukee have a green respite to relax in and enjoy. The park system includes 140 separate parks.
- Grant Park. The Seven Bridges hiking trail in Grant park boasts a covered bridge among its seven bridges. The trail encompasses many types of habitats and contains at least seven picnic areas. This Milwaukee county park was renovated in the 1930’s as part of a Works Progress Administration project. These projects employed many people during the Great Depression, and many of these jobs were outdoors.
- RiversidePark. A great feature of this Milwaukee County park is the Urban Ecology Center. The center is an outdoor “laboratory” that is a neighborhood based non-profit, which is not only rich in educational opportunities but is an excellent green zone for a busy area. The Urban Ecology Center has twelve acres of wooded and riparian habitat along the east bank of the Milwaukee River. There is also a habitat themed playground in the park.
- Mitchell Park. If you’d like to find the deserts of Africa, the jungles of South America, and a bonanza of flowers all in one place, welcome to “The Domes” of Mitchell Park. This Milwaukee County park contains the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, which has one of the world’s most extraordinary collection of plant diversity. If your weary of winter, welcome to the oasis of The Domes at Mitchell Park.
- Whitnall Park. Located by Hales Corners, Whitnall Park is home to the beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens, which are the jewel of the Milwaukee County Park system. Many specialty gardens, such as herb, rock, perennial, and annual are just some of the many features that are included within the framework of the botanical gardens. There is also a bog walk and a shrub mall.