Image above taken by Julie Collins Photography at Cushing Park in Delafield.
Lake Country Family Fun has compiled a list of our followers’ favorite parks in the Lake Country, Waukesha and surrounding areas! These are the best local parks picked by you! If you have a park that you love that is not listed feel free to comment below. We would love to hear where you like to spend your time, and why it is your favorite park. To join in on the conversation on Facebook, click here.
PLEASE NOTE THE CDC STILL RECOMMENDS NOT PLAYING AT PLAYGROUNDS AND THE GOVERNMENT OF WAUKESHA COUNTY HAS PLACED RESTRICTIONS ON GATHERINGS OF 100 OR MORE PEOPLE. SOCIAL DISTANCING PRACTICES ARE STILL RECOMMENDED IN ALL SETTINGS.
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**Playgrounds and skate park opening May 22, 2020. More DETAILS.
MITCHELL PARK: 19900 River Road, Brookfield, WI
This 405 acre park, located in the northwestern portion of Brookfield, includes the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Cultural arts facility, multi-purpose area for large community special events, group picnics, etc. with community pavilion/shelter and other support facilities (i.e. parking lots, restrooms), Elmbrook Little League youth baseball complex with four fields, parking, and restroom/concessions building, play equipment, pet exercise area, archery target area, canoe access areas/piers, sledding hill, cross country ski trails, nature trails, bike paths, greenway trail system trailhead (Beverly Hills Trail) with connection to Waukesha County Fox Brook Park.
WIRTH PARK: 2585 North Pilgrim Road, Brookfield, WI 53005
Wirth Park is a fully developed community park with a community-wide service area providing a variety of natural resource and non-resource oriented facilities and is the premier park for the City of Brookfield offering residents a diverse array of active and passive outdoor recreational opportunities.
Wirth Park has an aquatic center, play equipment, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, bike paths, nature trail system and more.
View all of the Brookfield community, neighborhood and district parks here.
**Open! Please note posted signs at the park.
CUSHING PARK: 600 North Cushing Park Road Delafield, WI 53018
Cushing Memorial Park is an 8.8 acre community park. It contains open space, walking and hiking trails, a civil war memorial, picnic facilities, a soccer field, and fishing areas. This park is the location of Fort Cushing Playground, an expansive and very popular play structure.
SPORTS COMMONS PARK: N14 W30153 Silvernail Road, Delafield, WI
Skateboard ramps, small youth baseball diamond with bleacher seating, batting cage, sand volleyball, basketball court, soccer field with bench seating, playground area with bench seating and nearby picnic tables.
View all of the town of Delafield parks here.
View 6 Reasons why we love Delafield Here.
**No dogs are allowed in the parks.
**Open. Social/physical distancing encouraged.
GENESEE DEPOT Parks (2)
GENESEE TOWN PARK: S42W31800 Depot Road, Genesee Depot
Features, swings, sandbox, play structures, tennis courts, baseball field, soccer fields and restrooms. The park is open from April 1 to November 1 each year. Hours are: April 1 to Memorial Day – 7 am to Sunset, Memorial Day to Labor Day – 7 am to 10 pm, Labor Day to October 31- 7 am to Sunset
GENESEE Sunset PARK: S30W28452 Sunset Drive (County DE) Waukesha
Park has soccer fields, playground, shelter, restrooms and is near the Glacier Drumlin trail. It has the same hours as the Genesee Town Park.
HARTBROOK PARK: 515 Rae Drive, Hartland, WI
Hartbrook Park has a baseball diamond, soccer field, shelter, restrooms, basketball court, volleyball pit, and play equipment. The Ice Age Trail enters the northwest corner of Hartbrook Park, where a pedestrian bridge crosses the Bark River. The trail continues north on Rae Drive to Centennial Park.
NIXON PARK: 339 Maple Ave, Hartland, WI
Features a walking trail, splash pad (open during the summer), playgrounds, sandbox, pavilions, fine arts stage that features music during the summer and more.
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Everything is coming together for the big day! Hartland Kids Day is THIS WEDNESDAY (7/25) from 9am-2pm at Nixon Park. There will be entertainment, food from local favorites, bounce houses, a rock wall, and all our favorite family friendly community partners. See you there! #hartlandkidsday #lovelcff
View all Hartland Parks here.
View 6 Reasons why we love Hartland Here.
**Playgrounds will be OPENING Saturday, May 23, 2020 – please wash your hands before and after use.**
Vault or portable toilets are OPEN in each park. These facilities have hand sanitizers in them and our staff will do the best they can to attempt to keep the toilet paper stocked and hand sanitizer dispensers full. However, staffing and supplies may be limited, therefore, consider bringing your own toiletry supplies and hand sanitizer as a backup.
HARNISCHFEGER PARK: W3048 Crawfish Road – Ixonia, WI
A variety of terrain, vegetation and facilities provide park visitors with a multitude of recreational opportunities in a scenic setting. Active and passive recreation abound with a few miles of hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing trails, fishing areas, mini-golf course, disc golf course, volleyball courts, basketball court, horseshoe pits, baseball field, playgrounds, an 800’ wetland boardwalk trail and a canoe launch with canoe and kayak rentals available. The park is open year round with limited access to some facilities in winter depending on conditions.
View all Dodge County Parks here.
**”Parks are open, but we ask that visitors maintain social distancing.”**
Menononee Falls Parks
Village Park: Garfield Drive Menomonee Falls
Features: Basketball court, volleyball court, tennis court, softball field, playground, restrooms.
In summer 2019 – difficult to get to due to the roads surrounding under construction.
**Dickten Park is officially closed until further notice. For they safety of your children, the playground was roped off to prevent community transmission of Covid-19 as the playground and park equipment is not sanitized. Someone decided this was not a good idea and removed the tape and sign. Play at your own risk.
DICKTEN PARK: N43 W32800 Rasmus Road, Nashotah, WI (approximate address)
Lake Country Family Fun Follower Lisa says, “It’s beautiful, spacious, has bathrooms, and a picnic area!”
**All City of New Berlin park playgrounds and restrooms are now open. Crews are working on setting up sporting equipment. Please be reminded that playgrounds can become crowded and could easily exceed recommended guidance for gatherings and social distancing. It is not possible to keep play structure surfaces clean and disinfected. (May 28, 2020)
NEW BERLIN parks
MALONE PARK: 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway, New Berlin, WI
This 85 acre park includes a newly built playground for children of all abilities. It also includes a baseball diamond, a basketball court, a hiking trail, a horseshoe court, and ice rink, volleyball courts, tennis courts, a picnic shelter, a soccer field, a softball diamond, and more!
View all New Berlin Parks and Facilities here.
**Oconomowoc Playgrounds will be opening by May 22.
Imagination Station is now OPEN as of July!
FOWLER PARK: 500 Oakwood Avenue Oconomowoc, WI 53066
A scenic park set on Fowler Lake, features fishing pier, playground equipment, restrooms, picnic tables, pavilion and more.
Oconomowoc’s fully accessible, community-built playground. Children of all abilities and needs can feel at home to play here and even with wheels can access the highest point in the play structure.
RIVERSIDE PARK: 675 Cherry Street, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
We love Riverside Park! It has a small, easily manageable playground, and then we walk along the river and over the bridge to look at fish. We also launch our paddleboard here.
Click here for a listing of all Oconomowoc Parks, Facilities and Beaches.
View All the Must See and Do Things in Oconomowoc Here.
Okauchee lions PARK: N49 W34400 Wisconsin Avenue Okauchee WI 53069
The park offers playgrounds for children of various ages, two baseball/softball diamonds, two volleyball courts, and reservations of the Bertrand Family Pavilion (Lion Tom Voell 262-853-2389) and preparation areas. Thank you to the greater Okauchee Community for your generosity and support. The Lions will continue to “Serve” the public. View them on facebook here. Don’t forget to attend Okauchee Lions Days every June!
**Pewaukee parks, playgrounds, and bathrooms will open on May 20th. More info.**
BALMER PARK: N44w23875 Lindsay Rd, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Has a baseball diamond, basketball court, horseshoe pit, playground, tennis courts, volleyball court and restrooms.
KIWANIS VILLAGE PARK: 325 Capitol Dr, Pewaukee, WI 53072
This park features a playground, a restroom, and more! It is located just northeast of the downtown beach area.
View all Pewaukee City and Village Parks here.
View 6 Reasons why we love Pewaukee Here.
** “Village of Sussex playgrounds are now open for use. (May 15, 2020) Please note that we are not cleaning or sanitizing equipment and that the CDC guidelines advise against playground use. Playground gatherings should not exceed 50 people as recommended by Waukesha County. As a reminder, The Grove playground is still under construction and is not available for play.” SOURCE
**Park Bathrooms will open starting May 27, 2020 and will be cleaned/sanitized multiple times a day.
**Water fountains (bubblers) will be open for use in parks on or before June 5, 2020. They encourage people to bring their own water and not use fountains per CDC recommendations.
**The Grove at Village Park playground is now open! The exterior bathrooms are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. We plan to announce the opening of the multi sport courts and splash pad soon. The multi sport courts were painted today so please stay away from this area. We hope you have a great weekend and find time to visit the new playground! – June 12, 2020
**The Splash Pad at the Grove at Village Park is now open as of July 6! Hours are 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
ARMORY PARK: W239N5730 Maple Avenue, Sussex, WI 53089
This 28 acre park adjacent to the Wisconsin Army National Guard located on the east side of Maple Avenue, includes 4 ball diamonds, ice skating rink/skate park, nature trails, playfield/open space, picnic areas, a playground, restrooms, two open air shelters, volleyball courts, soccer fields, and a bubbler. Check out our fun here on INSTAGRAM.
MADELINE PARK: Waukesha Ave, Sussex, WI 53089
This 7 acre park includes a new playground and open space. A LCFF reader commented on our FB page that they enjoy the “brand new Madeline Park, which is train themed and is next to an old railroad depot!”
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Anyone else know a child who would LOVE a train themed playground!? Madeline Park in Sussex is not only train themed but next to an old railroad depot! 🚂 This park is brand new so there are still some things in the works...like bathrooms and parking lot but the actual playground equipment is ready to use. Have you heard of a Biba playground before? There is technology at this park that connects to an app which has games to go with the playground. 🚂 Want to know more about best local parks in Lake Country? Check out our guide! Link in bio! #lovelcff
VILLAGE PARK: N63W24459 Main Street, Sussex, WI
This 75 acre park includes two lighted tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, three open air shelters, five ball diamonds (one lighted, one hardball and three softball), 18 hole disc golf course, nature trails, picnic areas, large playground, playfield/open space, sledding, water fountain, and restrooms.
WEYER PARK: N64W23760 Main Street, Sussex, WI 53089
This 7 acre park includes a playground, picnic area, and open space to run around and play. It is a newer park located on the Civic Center Campus. A LCFF reader commented on our FB page, “the newer Weyer Park (which is perfect for older kids and littles alike) [is] next to the library for nice restrooms & drinking fountains.”
View all Sussex City parks here.
**Playgrounds are OPEN! They have adequate cleaning of the bathrooms and playgrounds, as well as signage in place.**
RIVERSIDE PARK: 812 Labaree Street, Watertown, WI
Located on the Rock River, has tennis courts, baseball diamond, playground and more.
*Lake Country Family Fun readers share mixed reviews on this park. While some list as a favorite of theirs, others relate that this park is in need of major updates/repairs.
Read about more Watertown parks here.
*City of Waukesha playgrounds will be opening in phases in coordination with the opening of restrooms to allow for hand washing. Residents use these and all City facilities at their own risk. Playgrounds are not sanitized by City employees. Restrooms will be cleaned two times per day (approximately mid-day and end of day). Residents who choose to use City facilities are encouraged to frequently wash their hands and utilize safety measures as recommended by the CDC.
- Opening on Monday, May 18 (12:00 PM/Noon)
- Frame Park (Moreland & Schuetze Playgrounds)
- Frame Park (Rotary Building & Moreland restrooms)
- E.B. Shurts (restroom only)
- Heyer Park
- Banting Park
- Lowell Park
- Buchner Park
- Fox River North
- Opening on Wednesday, May 20 – All other City playgrounds and restroom facilities
- Tennis Courts and Pickleball Courts are currently open for singles play.
FRAME PARK: 701 E Moreland Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53186
Park facilities include a fenced baseball diamond with lights, playground equipment areas (2), picnic shelter, formal garden area, separate paths for walking and biking, restrooms (3), park lights, and parking lots. In addition, a boat ramp on the south end of the park provides limited access to the Fox River. This is a beautiful park that overlooks the Fox River and if you have a train lover, you’re likely to see and hear a train go by while playing there.
Cutler PARK: 321 Wisconsin Ave Waukesha, WI 53186
This park, oldest in the system, located adjacent to the Downtown Business District has the feel of a Town Square. it is almost 6 acres. The principle facilities are Interior sidewalks, Les Paul Performance Center (used for summer concerts), Parking lot, Playground equipment and the Waukesha Public Library. The park serves as an open space for primarily passive recreational activities. The large trees on this site create an exceptionally attractive venue in the heart of the City.
Buchner Park: 231 Oakland Ave Waukesha, WI 53186
This is one of the most intensely developed parks on Waukesha’s east side. The principal attraction is a large outdoor pool and support facility. In addition, the park contains tennis courts with lights (6) and a softball diamond/football field with lights, a sand volleyball court, playground equipment, a park shelter, ice skating rink with lights, park lights, and interior paths. See Buchner Park in our Pool Guide.
See all Waukesha City Parks here.