Friends Groups

Our Liaison to Your Neighborhood

The Park People assists interested individuals in the creation of Friends Groups for their neighborhood parks. We provide direction, capacity building strategies and resources for these individuals and work as a liaison between their group and the Parks Department. Ultimately, these groups work to promote and enhance their parks through volunteer efforts, fund raising, and events. Over the years The Park People has assisted in the formation of over thirty groups.


Raise money for your Friends group at the gala!

Your group has an opportunity to raise funds at The Park People Gala that will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022! Simply provide a silent auction item and host a table to promote your group. Your group can keep the majority of proceeds to use for projects at your park. Gala dinner tickets are not required to participate. To get started, download, complete and submit the Friends Group Profile Form and the Silent Auction Description Form. If needed, download an information sheet about The Park People here. Questions? Contact Barry Waddell at (414) 273-7275 or at [email protected].


Our Photo Gallery has many pictures of the Friends Groups enjoying the parks and sponsored events.


Looking for Milwaukee County Parks 2021 Volunteer Programs Handbook? View Here.

Start a Group

begin a friends group


find a friends group


support your friends group


Friends Groups and Volunteers are essential to the long term well-being of our Park System– those who work earnestly to support enhancements that otherwise would not occur. The Park People believes that these unsung heroes should get some recognition for their efforts. The Park People Board of Directors reviews the efforts of a number of Friends Groups and individual volunteers annually to determine the current year’s awardees.

2020 Friends Group of the Year

Friends of Cooper Park

2017 Volunteer of the Year

Sue Goulee

Full List of Friends Group & Volunteer of the Year