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Spring Beach Clean Up

The Friends of Grant Park are grateful for the great participation from the community for our Beach Clean up.

Saturday, April 21st, 9 am to noon

We had 18 participants, and collected a total of 122 lbs. of trash. We recycled most of the glass bottles, aluminum cans and a sizable amount of plastic bottles. Alas, we did not collect any rays of sunshine…

Pictured above: L to R, Mary Holtz, Jody Johnson, Lynn Crawford, Brian McKinley, and Adam Brzezicki; also Anwyn, Chris, and Fran Wargolet. Pics provided by Pam Uhrig.


Pullin’ o’ the Green at South MKE Yacht Club

Thank you to all who attended our fundraiser to benefit erosion issues in Grant Park:

Pullin’ o’ the Green ♣♣♣♣

Friday, March 16th
South Milwaukee Yacht Club, 101 Marshall Ave., South Milwaukee

Our sincere appreciation goes to those who donated raffle items for our dinner:

John Hoagland Family
The Green Bay Packers
Mayor Erik Brooks
Alderman Craig Maass
Moran’s Pub
Mari’s Flowers
Hills of Clay Pottery
Marketplace Dental
Cousins Subs
Muskies Gourmet House
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
So. Milwaukee Historical Society
South Milwaukee School District
Milwaukee County Parks
Friends of Grant Park Members

And thanks to the South Milwaukee Yacht Club, Skyline Catering and our band, the Garlic Mustard Pickers…

Special thanks to these area businesses for selling tickets for our event:

  • Avenue Coffee, 911 Milwaukee Avenue, South Milwaukee
  • Parkway Floral, 1001 Milwaukee Avenue, South Milwaukee
  • So. MKE Ace Hardware, 1009 Marquette Avenue, South Milwaukee

Raffle Items as of March 12th are:

Large Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
$48 value

St. Patrick’s Day Package
Handmade ceramic dish.
The Irish Garden book
Tea towel
Shamrock Welcome sign
St. Patrick’s day wall hanging
Shamrock potholders
Shamrock tote bag
6 St. Patrick’s day party cups
6 St. Patrick’s day shot glasses
Value $100

South Milwaukee Package
Lunch with Mayor Brooks
SM Historical society Christmas ornament
SM PAC ticket voucher for 2 people
Free SM Historical Society membership
SM Greeting cards
SM Postcards
Coupon from Muskies
4  coupons for Cousin Subs
Value $175

Garden Basket Package
4 passes to Milwaukee County Gardens
Book – The Irish Garden
Gardening Bag
Photo Memo Box
2 gardening hand tools
2 Pair of Gardening Gloves
Friends of Grant Park Calendar
Friends of Grant Park Tote Bag
Royal Dansk Luxury Wafers
2 bottles of Skinny Girl – Cosmo & Margarita

Marketplace Dental Package
Includes seven free consultations, a box of whitening strips,  two large candles, hand cleaner and lotion, brushes, toothpaste, and soap.  Value $800.

Packer Package
Package includes: signed 2017 team football, signed Donald Driver photo, 4 placemats, playing cards, football themed tic tac toe, 4 shamrock can cozies, and two 6 pack’s of beer. Value $125

Quarter Barrel Party Raffle Package
Moran quarter barrel party
Moran t-shirt
Martell, very special pale cognac
Friends of Grant Park tote
Value $500

Enhanced Golf Raffle Package
4 vouchers for 9 or 18 holes at Milwaukee County golf courses
4 vouchers for golf carts
E sleeves of golf balls & tees
Packers golf towel
Grey Goose Vodka
Dalvey flask
Jack Daniels wooden planter
Friends of Grant Park tote bag
Golf themed tic tac toe board
Value $425

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Carol Norling Print Package
“Great Lakes-Fog Mystery”; Print value $250

Milwaukee County Parks Golf Package
4 vouchers each for a round of golf and use of a cart on a Milwaukee County Park course; 3 sleeves of golf balls and 5 tees; Golf figures tic-tac-toe game; value $225

Money raised at this event sponsors projects to preserve and enhance Grant Park including security devices, community outreach, and habitat management.

“Fowle Residence” Open House Dec. 14th

Also known as the Grant Park Golf Clubhouse, the Fowle family residence will be open for viewing Thursday evening, Dec. 14th, at 7 pm. Local historian Nels Monson will give a brief review of the history of the residence, followed by a self guided tour of the rooms. The South Milwaukee Historical Society also contributed photos and historical context. Come peek at the festively decorated and recently renovated clubhouse while sipping hot apple cider and nibbling on festive cookies! This event is free and open to the public.

open house flyer


2018 Friends of Grant Park Calendar


Back by popular demand, the 2018 Friends of Grant Park calendar is now available for sale at the following South Milwaukee businesses:

  • Parkway Floral, 1001 Milwaukee Avenue
  • Serendipitous Designs, 916 Milwaukee Avenue
  • Avenue Coffee, 911 Milwaukee Avenue

Featuring photographs of Grant Park from local photographers. Funds raised by the sale of the calendar go toward park improvements and amenities. The cost is $12 each, or 2/$20.

If you wish to order by mail, send request to The cost for mail order is $14 for one or $23 for two.


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!