The Park People

The Park People believe that public parks enrich our lives and communities. Whether one is biking along a path, pushing a child in a swing, or merely cherishing a view, our daily lives benefit from our park experiences.

Nature of Organization:

The Park People of Milwaukee County, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strive to enhance and protect Milwaukee County Parks, their resources and facilities; to develop wider public interest in and appreciation of the parks, open space and recreational facilities offered by the park system; to sponsor activities and projects that will enable citizens of all ages, interests, and backgrounds to make better use of the county parks; to encourage stewardship and development of individual parks and facilities by groups and individuals; to plan programs for members to acquaint them with the parks and their potential uses; and to accept and expend gifts of real or personal property exclusively for the benefit of the Milwaukee County Park System.

Community Need:

The Milwaukee County Park System is one of Milwaukee’s most treasured assets.  It provides recreational and aesthetic enjoyment for all of the citizens of the County.  Unfortunately, funding for our park system has eroded over the last 30 years.  Today’s budget is the same as it was in 1983.  Our parks are suffering terribly from this decline.  Athletic facilities which were once fields of dreams have become nightmares.  Natural areas have become over run with an onslaught of invasive species.  Many park buildings and structures have basic updating needs such as paint, glazing, roof replacement and heating plant renovations. 

The Park People of Milwaukee County has been working diligently for many years to return our parks to their former glory.  All of our programs are designed to engage citizens, businesses and corporations in the revitalization of our storied Park System through volunteer activities, varied funding strategies and public/private initiatives.  We believe that through our work we can bridge the gap between todays funding shortfalls and a truly vibrant system of parks that will offer quality recreational experiences for all citizens.  Our success will ensure that our parks stay viable for generations to come.

Our Programs:

  • Weed-Out

This program is a volunteer solicitation initiative designed to significantly reduce the proliferation of invasive plant species that are denigrating the beauty of natural areas in our parks.  Over the last year TPP has solicited over 750 volunteers to assist in the removal of invasive species such as Garlic Mustard, Dames Rocket, Burdock, Buckthorn and Asian honeysuckle.  Not only do we provide the tools and supplies, but we also educate the public about this severe threat to our park environments.

  • Friends Group Initiative

Through this program TPP assists interested individuals in the creation of Friends Groups for their neighborhood parks.  TPP provides direction, capacity building strategies and resources for these individuals and works as a liaison between their group and the Parks Department.   Ultimately, these groups work to promote and enhance their parks through volunteer efforts, fund raising, and events.  Over the years TPP has assisted in the formation of over thirty groups including; Lake Park Friends, Juneau Park Friends, Friends of the Domes, and most recently Doctors Park Friends.

  • Park Market

The Park Market is an opportunity for many Milwaukee County residents who choose to donate park enhancements such as a tree or park bench in memory or honor of a loved one or to commemorate a significant date in their lives. The Park People also work with donors who envision a larger scale park enhancement through the Park Market.

  • Funding support for Park Department projects

Through necessity, TPP has evolved to serve as a conduit for charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals who understand that our parks are in dire need of financial assistance to offset the effects of a seemingly endless decline in property tax funding. Since 2006 TPP has facilitated and managed over 2.5 million dollars in donations that went directly to park programs, equipment purchases, facility enhancements and employee enrichment.

1845 N Farwell Ave
Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
February 13, 2017
There is a new book about Milwaukee Parks that was released just last November on Amazon.  The book is titled 101 Things to do in Milwaukee Parks the unofficial guide to greenspaces in and around Milwaukee.  It was writen by Barbara Ali, a local resident and Park People B
February 13, 2017
The weather has been unseasonably warm so far this month, which maybe isn't a bad thing.  It just means that we haven't had a chance to do the traditional things we'd be doing in January like playing in snow.  Still, there's plenty to do.
February 13, 2017
It's been kind of disappointing with the low amount of snowfall we've had this month.  Even the ice rinks have been unusable in the parks. Frankly, it looks a little more like spring out there right now.
February 1, 2017
I was at Doctors Park last week before we had new snow. With water everywhere from snowmelt, I'm sure it is very slippery now, on the stairs and ramps.  Be sure to bring your hiking poles or wear yaktrax (I'm including the link in case you're new to Wisconsin winters).
December 12, 2015
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories:
October 1, 2015
As we approach the end of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour (Oct. 8th) please remember to register your passport by either: Dropping it off at one of the following locations: Any Wheel and Sprocket location Rainbow Jersey Bike Shop South Shore Cyclery Johnson's Cycles
August 26, 2015
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories:
August 14, 2015
Get your "new for 2015" full sized color map of the Oak Leaf Trail complete with all Parks and Parkways! This 24"X36" map is your guide to recreational opportunities on land and water in Milwaukee County. Included on the map are:
August 13, 2015
The Marquette Law School and the Public Policy Forum recently unveiled a funding calculator that can assist in the critical discussion of funding solutions for Milwaukee County's Parks and supported cultural facilities.
July 9, 2015
This past weekend the people of America celebrated our victory over British tyranny. With Independence came the ability to form a representative government-of the people, by the people and for the people.
May 11, 2015
The Park People is a board comprised of volunteer board members who share a passion for the parks and a willingness to make the parks better for today, tomorrow and future generations. We are seeking two new board members.
May 11, 2015
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: New Milwaukee County Trails and Park Guide Maps are Popular Items Spring into Action Annual Friends Group Gathering, April 23, 2015 Weed-Out! 2015 Friends Group of the Year - Friends of Estabrook Park
March 28, 2015
Last Tuesday the Parks Energy & Environment Committee, (PE&E), of the County Board pushed through a resolution that can be described at best as bizarre!
Oak Leaf Discovery Tour
March 18, 2015
Join The Park People as we launch the forth annual Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Passport event which starts on May 1st. This event goes on all summer long and starts with your purchase of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Passport.
February 27, 2015
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: President's Perspective The Park People (TPP) Continues to Serve as a Conduit for Charitable Donations for our Parks With a Little Help From Our Friends Friends Group Spotlight
December 9, 2014
With the holidays in full swing and the end of the year just around the corner, we’re excited to share some breaking news.
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