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.

Location(s)
1845 N Farwell Ave
Suite 100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
October 12, 2014
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: Park People Membership President's Perspective- Our Parks are Not for Sale Fall in the Parks Fall Weed Out Oak Leaf Discovery Tour - Season Ending PARTY!
October 9, 2014
Please consider attending the Cultural & Entertainment Capital Needs (CECN) Task Force Listening Sessions. You will have the opportunity to tell the Task Force "our parks are a necessary part of any public funding plans they may promote in the near future." Public Listening Sessions will be: October 14, 9:30 - 11:00 am at the Zoofari Conference Center, 9715 W. Blue Mound Road.
Park People stance on the sale of O'Donnell Park
September 4, 2014
The sale of O’Donnell Park to Northwestern Mutual Life would irreparably harm our parks. The sale of this publicly owned and operated structure and park should be rejected by the County Board.
Benjamin Church House
July 17, 2014
Thanks to funding from the Friends of Estabrook Park and the Milwaukee County Historical Society the Benjamin Church House in Estabrook Park will be open for viewing on Saturdays from 10am until 4pm through the end of August.
June 23, 2014
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: The Park People Annual Meeting - June 26th President's Perspective: You Have to Be a Friend to Have a Friend Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Grows in Popularity Run for the Parks!
June 9, 2014
Join The Park People as we launch the third 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.
April 24, 2014
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: Park People to co-sponsor a new event - Performing Arts in the Parks President's Perspective - Sue Spoerk The 3rd Annual Oak Leaf Discovery Tour starts May 1st
February 6, 2014
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: Parks Amenity Matching Fund - A picnic in the park TPP President's Perspective - Sue Spoerk Featured Friends Group - Sheridan Park Friends Book Launch at Boswell Book Company
New Book "101 Things to do in Milwaukee Parks" by Barbara Ali
January 30, 2014
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 green-spaces in and around Milwaukee. It was written by Barbara Ali, a local resident. The book will be launched locally at Boswell Books Company 2559 N. Downer, Milwaukee on Friday, February 7th at 7 PM.
November 1, 2013
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: 2014 County Parks Budget Parks Department to Open New Greenhouses at the Domes Fall Weed-Out Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Closing Party Featured Friends Group - LaFollette Park
Oak Leaf Discovery Tour 2013
October 15, 2013
Another season of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour has ended. The Park People organization hopes that all who participated enjoyed themselves while discovering or getting reacquainted with our wonderful Park System. Those attending the closing party at the Estabrook Beer Garden enjoyed a beautiful afternoon bathed in crisp air and sunshine. For a list of OLDT prize winners follow the link below.
July 30, 2013
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: Run for the Parks Open Letter from John Dargle our new Parks Director Annual Friends Group Gathering Weed-Out 2013 Goodbye and Thank You to Dan Cody
June 20, 2013
Join The Park People as we launch the second annaul Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Passport event. This event goes on all summer long and starts with your purchase of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Passport.
May 31, 2013
Get the latest information on upcoming events as well as news in the Park People newsletter! This issue includes the following stories: Run for the Parks Kohls Go Green Initiative Oak Leaf Discovery Tour 2013 Spring Weed-Out! Doctors Park Focus of Newest Parks Friends Group Three Friends Groups Score New Mini-grants
May 31, 2013
Dan Cody, Board President for The Park People of Milwaukee County, released the following statement regarding the appointment of John Dargle as the new Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for Milwaukee County: “The Park People of Milwaukee County congratulate John on his appointment today as Director of Milwaukee County's Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture by County Executive
Oak Leaf Discovery Tour 2013
March 21, 2013
Join The Park People as we launch the second annual Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Passport event. This event goes on all summer long and starts with your purchase of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Passport.
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