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THE PARK PEOPLE- an introduction

The Park People believe that public parks enrich our lives and communities. Our programs and initiatives are designed to engage citizens, businesses and corporations in the revitalization of our storied Park System through volunteer activities.

Friends of the Monarch Trail 2024 Plant Sale

2024 Weed-Out schedule now available!

Volunteer to help get rid of invasive plants in our parks!

Membership Benefit Package

Photo of a light green t-shirt with The Park People logo on it with a glass mug of beer and a Park People membership card sitting off to the right side of the t-shirt.

All current and new (Park Steward and above) Park People members can receive a free beer at the beer gardens on the dates listed below! Just show your membership card, a picture of your card or a receipt of your membership purchase, and you’ll get a free beer as long as supplies last. If you need to renew your membership, click or tap the “Become a Member Here” button, located below, to get started.

2024 Schedule (all dates are Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.)

May 16: Greenfield Park-Traveling Beer Garden
July 18: The Vine at Humboldt Park

Sponsored by:  Logo for Beer Capitol

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June 13: Juneau Park
August 15: Whitnall Beer Garden

Sponsored by:  Logo for Beechwood Sales and Service

*Click or tap the “Become a Member Here” button below to see how you can save on a AAA membership as a Park People member!

The Park People – Testimonials on Friends Groups

The Park People’s purpose is to preserve, support, and enhance Milwaukee County Parks while building an effective volunteer organization.

“The Milwaukee County parks that have volunteer friends groups committed to enhancing that park continue to be successful in bringing more people to engage in the park, bringing outside funds to help sustain the park, and creating more activities to help fulfill Milwaukee County Parks’ mission and vision.”

-Guy Smith, Milwaukee County Parks Director

“Park People are an invaluable organization to the Milwaukee County Park System because they have built a network of organizations and volunteers that improve the parks, raise funds, and organize community members. The parks are a valued resource that are nurtured by the friends groups that are held together with the expertise and encouragement of the Park People.” 

-Katie Williams, PHd.
Author of thesis, Volunteers in Milwaukee County Parks: A Case Study.
A critical examination of the role of volunteers in managing parks.

“The behind the scenes work which Park People does is rather invisible, yet so valuable to our community. I appreciate the generosity of the Park People in helping Friends Groups to organize and find money and resources for projects, recruiting thousands of volunteers for Weedouts, and promoting the value and exploration of our parks by coordinating the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour Passport program for the last 8 years.”

-Cheri Briscoe, Director Milwaukee Parks Foundation

“About 12 years ago I decided that my neighborhood park, Estabrook, needed help and that I was going to step up to see that it was provided. As a member of another volunteer group, I was familiar with the administrative that seems daunting to volunteer groups – getting 501c3 status, soliciting volunteers, getting a sales tax exemption, covering liability, etc. I was most pleased to learn The Park People of Milwaukee could help our Friends group with all of that and more. It has been a very positive relationship for the Friends of Estabrook Park. Thank you Park People.”

-Harold Schmid, Friends of Estabrook

“Friends of Lincoln Park chose to join The Park People so we could focus on celebrating our neighbors and neighborhoods in Lincoln Park. The Park People provided us with mentorship, tools, and taught us how to identify invasive plants in our park.”

-Sally Callan, Friends of Lincoln Park

“You can use the following for our statement: The Friends of Brown Deer Park was started in 2016 to enhance and advocate for this very large park that didn’t have any Friends group, and found the expertise and support of the Park People was very beneficial to getting us up and running. We have collaborated with other Friends Groups, especially Lincoln Park Friends, and are glad for the fiscal sponsorship the Park People provides.”

– Jim Farmer and Rob Guilbert, Friends of Brown Deer