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Oak Creek Watershed Survey

Got a minute?

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is seeking input on the future of the Oak Creek Watershed. Between now and Nov. 15th, 2017, you are invited to complete a brief survey of how you use the watershed, your concerns and priorities for its future. The link is provided here:

They are hoping for a lot of participation on this.


7 Bridges BBQ

There is a new event being staged in Grant Park’s 7 Bridges ravine, that will tempt your tastebuds and sooth your senses. Sponsored by Newaukee, the 7 Bridges BBQ features several local restaurant food sample stations, local brews, and music, too, as you wind your way down the trails toward the lakefront. Food tickets cost $25 each and can be purchased at

Here is a link to the poster:


A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of Grant Park.

Fall Adopt-a-Beach Clean-up Sept. 16th

The Friends of Grant Park and Alliance for the Great Lakes will sponsor a beach clean-up at Grant Park Beach on Saturday, Sept. 16th from 9 am to noon. If you can join us for an hour or three, come on down! We’ll provide a vinyl glove, a trash bag, bug spray and lemonade. You bring your good humor and determination to Keep It Clean! Register to participate at and search for the site Grant Park Beach: South of Playground to Oak Creek Jetty. Registration helps us plan for supplies needed.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes works to protect the Great Lakes for today and tomorrow. They involve tens of thousands of people each year in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are healthy and safe for all.

We hope you can help us out. See you there!


Lake Michigan Trail Marathon

We welcome runners participating in the Lake Michigan Trail Marathon which winds its way through Grant Park on Sunday, Sept. 3rd. We will be staffing a hydration station near the golf course clubhouse. Participants can register for the marathon, half marathon, 50K, or 20 mile “training run” at A portion of the proceeds benefit the Friends of Grant Park. 

Centennial Anniversary of Wulff Lodge on June 24th



The Friends of Grant Park invite you to join us to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Wulff Lodge on Saturday, June 24th, from 3 to 8 pm. This building was built in 1917 as the residence of the first Superintendent of Horticulture for Milwaukee County Parks, Frederick C. Wulff and his family. Mr. Wulff, a native of Germany, was recruited to Wisconsin for his expertise in forestry and botany. If you look at the nearby trees, you will see species that are “champion” sized along with others that are not indigenous to the area. The area directly to the west, which is currently the special recreation facility, Wi-O-Way, was the former first nursery location which provided trees, bushes, and other plant materials that were used throughout the park system.

Mr. Wulff managed this nursery as well as the development and construction of the Seven Bridges trail. The trail was completed in conjunction with the Work Progress Administration, a 1930’s contemporary to the Civilian Conservation Corps Program which was responsible for various projects along the “South Shore” of Lake Michigan. A crew of over 200 men constructed the creek bed retaining walls, lannon stone paths, staircases, and various retaining walls throughout the ravine.

Program: As part of the anniversary celebration, we have invited county & city dignitaries and speakers. Visitors are invited to tour the house and garden.  Local historian Nels Monson will elaborate on the history of the lodge and show a short film taken by Frederick Wulff. Memorial tree seedlings will be for sale. Mature trees of interest have been identified on the grounds and labeled for a self-guided tree tour. The South Milwaukee Municipal Band will play music from the 20’s at 4 pm, and Boy Scout Troop 252 will build a campfire for roasting marshmallows for s’mores (available for purchase); other food available. As a final cap for the event, the scouts will lead a flag retirement ceremony. Veterans families wishing to retire flags are encouraged to bring the flag along for inclusion in the ceremony.

Wulff Lodge is located near Will-O-Way Grant, 207 Lake Drive. Enter from the north park entrance and turn right toward Wil-O-Way, park in the parking lot, then walk along the gravel drive to the left of the circular drive.

South Milwaukee Track Team tackles trash

The Friends of Grant Park would like to express our extreme appreciation for the members of the South Milwaukee Boys Track Team for their amazing work picking up trash. They collected 2 truck loads of garbage and debris from the 7 bridges area and picnic areas 5 & 6. Here is their photo, taken by Keith Sobszak:



Click on photo to enlarge!



Beach Clean Up Saturday, April 22

Thank you to all of the friends and families that came to the beach cleanup on Saturday, April 22nd. We had 36 volunteers ( some as young as 4 yrs. old!), and collected an estimated 80 lbs. of trash. And Mother Nature cooperated in a big way by giving us fantastic weather: sunny skies, gentle winds, and a delightfully pleasant temperature to work in! Here are a few snapshots, taken by C. Prondzinski:



A haunted trail in the ravine…

Trek ‘n Treat • Oct. 15th • 1 – 4 pm • Grant Park Area 5

Families were invited to “view the haunts of nature” in Grant Park, South Milwaukee, on Sunday, October 15th from 1 – 4 pm. Friends of Grant Park sponsored an educational/fundraiser event called Trek ‘n Treat.  Participants followed the trails through the 7 Bridges area to approximately 15 stations in the park, answered nature related questions, and received treats along the way! The long route meandered through the ravine, the short route was an accessible option.  In Shelter 5A there were refreshments, pumpkin painting, birding information and other activities related to the park and its unique habitat.

A big time thank you to some great volunteers who made this happen. We had help this year from the South Milwaukee National Honor Society, Leo’s, Link Crew, Middle School Volunteens, South Milwaukee Historical Society, and Special Olympic Athletes.

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These photos were taken at Trek ‘n Treat, Oct. 16, 2016.
A huge Thank You to our local businesses that donated to our 2017 event!!!

  • Blaine’s Farm and Fleet
  • Oak Creek Piggly Wiggly
  • SM McDonald’s
  • SM ACE Hardware
  • SM Pick ‘n Save
  • SM Walgreens
  • SM Walmart
  • Tri City Bank
  • Cudahy Tiprint
  • Cudahy Project Concern

For more information call 414-764-0461.

Get your copy of the Friends of Grant Park 2017 Calendar!

• A gorgeous full-color calendar filled with spectacular park pictures by local photographers
• The perfect gift for nature lovers
• Includes dates for South Milwaukee and Friends of Grant Park events
• All proceeds will be used for maintenance and improvement of Grant Park
in South Milwaukee
• Friends of Grant Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
Special thanks to the photographers
• Lynn Crawford
• Mary Francis
• Sue Hibben
• Todd Leech
• Dalibor Mrkic
• Keith Orcholski
• Laura Rubin
• Michael Timm
• Rob Vajagich
• Rebecca Wheeler
• Rita Wiskowski
…and more who have graciously allowed the Friends of Grant Park to use their photo(s) for the calendar, and the calendar commitee: Pam Uhrig, Debby Pizur, Jackie Benka, Betsy Abert and Sue Hebner.

Pre-order your calendar and save!

Pre-order, early-bird pricing good until October 15, 2016. 
_____ $10 each (Save 17%)
_____  $9 each for 2 or more (Save 25%)
Calendars will be available for purchase (cash or check only) at Parkway Floral by Aug. 15.
Calendars may be ordered by mail: Please add $1.50 per calendar for shipping & handling to the above prices. Send your name, address, city, and zip code. Make check payable to “Friends of Grant Park” and mail to:
421 Hawthorne Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI 53172

The Park People News

In addition to an article about the crumbling Mitchell Park Domes, the Friends of Grant Park are featured in an article in this quarterly newsletter edited by the Park People’s executive director, Jim Goulee:

The Park People News 2016

A side note regarding the FOGP fundraiser, Pullin’ o’ the Green: due to escalating costs of staging the event, the Irish party fundraiser scheduled for March 12th has been cancelled.