Mission Statement

The mission of Friends of Grant Park is to preserve natural areas of the park, enhance unique features of the park, encourage use of the park, and to provide a mechanism for private contributions to supplement public funding of Grant Park.

Donations can be made through The Park People, our fiscal agent. Donations can be made here: http://www.parkpeoplemke.org/donate-fiscally-sponsored-friends-groups, and scroll down to choose Friends of Grant Park. The Park People is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Join us for our monthly meetings! Please Note! After our December 2016 meeting, we will temporarily move our monthly meetings to St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital, 5900 S. Lake Drive in Cudahy, on Thursday, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, and March 9 at 6:30 PM.  We will meet in the boardroom, in the lower level. In April, meetings will resume at the golf course clubhouse.

The Friends of Grant Park and Grant Park Watch have their combined meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM, at the Grant Park Golf Course Clubhouse. Park Watch issues are always first on the agenda.

To contact the Friends of Grant Park:


Friends Group Receives Award


Jim Goulee from The Park People presented the award to members Betsy Abert; Don Lawson, Chair; Jan Marsh; and Jody Johnson.

The Park People, an umbrella organization encouraging citizen stewardship of Milwaukee County Parks has awarded their 2013 Volunteer Group of the Year award to the Friends of Grant Park. The volunteer group, formed in 2006, has worked to improve Grant Park through its Weed-Out! programs each spring and fall; replaced carpeting in the golf course clubhouse; installed security cameras to monitor vandalism at the beach and has installed several rain gardens. More recently, a slope restoration project in the Seven Bridges ravine was installed June 8th. The Friends of Grant Park received the award May 30th at the Greenfield Park Pavilion.

6 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Craig M. Pradarelli, M.D.

    What does this phrase mean “if they do not have permits that allow spent ammunition to be discharged into water”


    1. admin Post author

      This phrase comes from the EPA’s Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges, Section 1.2.2 – Clean Water Act, Chapter 1 – pages 1-9. The link is posted in the Statement on Cudahy Sportsmen’s Club lease termination, towards the bottom of the page. The Clean Water Act prohibits “the discharge of any pollutant by any person” into the waters of the United States without a National Pollution Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Expended shot and target debris, including non-toxic shot, such as steel shot, left in water, are pollutants as defined by CWA.

  2. Ted Chisholm

    Thank you for your advocacy for one of Milwaukee County’s most beautiful parks. I read Attorney Kaiser’s excellent op-ed on Urban Milwaukee, and I hope you continue to find success in your efforts to protect Grant Park.

  3. Ruminator

    Thanks for your message, Ted. We hope that ultimately this will benefit the Great Lake that many of Milwaukee’s parks share.

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Sherry,
      You are welcome to attend any of our monthly meetings, held the 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30 pm in the Grant Park golf course clubhouse, 100 E. Hawthorn Ave. in South Milwaukee. We’d love to meet you, and welcome your interest or comments. We hope you can join us.

      Jody Johnson
      Friends of Grant Park


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