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! 

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.

7 thoughts on “Welcome

    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

  1. Dave Lee

    Grew up on Lake Drive at the stoplight. Walked that ravine many times. Live too far away to attend, but remember well, my sisters working at the clubhouse. Oh, those french fries!
    Best wishes in this venture

    1. admin Post author

      The bird feeding station is in a parking lot near the bike trail, east of the road to the park’s maintenance garage.

  2. Jonathan Thomas

    Shame on your organization for eliminating a longstanding tradition of trapshooting at Warnimont Park.

    1. admin Post author

      Trapshooting into the Great Lakes, or any body of water for that matter, is a violation of the Clean Water Act of 1972. The WI-DNR informed the club that they would need to have a permit to continue operations in Warnimont Park, and Milwaukee County determined that the club was breaking the terms of their lease by not having the required permits, not keeping the property clean and constantly dumping litter (shotgun wadding & shot debris) into the lake. Up until the last year, the club was using lead shot, which is still in Lake Michigan to this day. The club was invited to move to other trapshooting ranges in the county and declined to do so.


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