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27 Best Local Parks

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 or send us a message. 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.

My family loves Imagination Station and Fowler Park, as well as Cushing Park in Delafield. However, the Village of Sussex has outdone itself with their new playground at Sussex Village Park. The playground + splash pad is amazing. It’s definitely a must visit!

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Best Local Parks in Waukesha County & Lake COuntry

BROOKFIELD Parks

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.

DELAFIELD Parks

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.

Cushing Memorial Park Delafield Lake Country Family Fun

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 all of the City of Delafield parks here.

View 6 Reasons why we love Delafield Here.

**No dogs are allowed in the parks. 

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. 

HARTLAND Parks

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.

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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.

View all Hartland Parks here.

View 6 Reasons why we love Hartland Here.

IXONIA Parks

HARNISCHFEGER PARKW3048 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

LISBON Parks

LISBON COMMUNITY PARK: N78W26970 Bartlett Parkway, LisbonWI 53089

Features: A baseball diamond, playground, picnic tables, a pavilion, restrooms, hiking and more.

View all of the Lisbon parks here.

Menononee Falls Parks

Village Park: Garfield Drive Menomonee Falls

Features: Basketball court, volleyball court, tennis court, softball field, playground, restrooms.

View of all the Menomonee Falls parks here.

NASHOTAH Parks

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!”

Dickten Park

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 Parks

Update: the community effort that resulted in the purchase of 517 N Lake Road. The John and Lavinia Rockwell Park, which includes 525 N Lake Road, will be enjoyed by generations to come, thanks to all of you


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.

Roosevelt Park/IMAGINATION STATION: 700 S Main St, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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.

View all of the Oconomowoc Parks, Facilities and Beaches here.

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!

Okauchee Lions Park

PEWAUKEE Parks

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.

Kiwanis Village Park Pewaukee

View all Pewaukee City and Village Parks here.

View 6 Reasons why we love Pewaukee here.

SUSSEX Parks

ARMORY PARKW239N5730 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.

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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!”


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

WATERTOWN Parks

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.

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Read about more Watertown parks here

WAUKESHA Parks

FRAME PARK: 701 E Moreland Blvd, Waukesha, WI 53186

We love the new playground!!

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

We love that this is right next to the Waukesha Library!

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 Park231 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.

Priedeman Park: 2010 Saratoga Rd., Waukesha, WI 53186

Help build a playground at Priedeman Park! Sign up through the link and volunteer on April 29, 2021. 

See all Waukesha City Parks here

*REVAMPED 2021 Park & Playground Listing*

Keep checking back over the summer of 2021 for updates to the newly revamped Park & Playground Listings below! This list below (once complete) will replace our playground listings above #alwaysimproving.  Many thanks to Oconomowoc Pediatric Dentistry for sponsorship of this new series and being so involved in our awesome community and their love of families and kiddos. 

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Brookfield Parks & Playrounds

View 6 Reasons why we love Brookfield Here.

Wray Park - Brookfield

Address: 1430 Jaclyn Dr, Brookfield, WI 53045 (View Map)
Parking: Parking lot 
Restroom: Yes, port-o-potty but it is seasonal.
Dogs Allowed: Unknown
Cost: Free.
Drinking Fountain: No
Playground Surface: Woodchips
Other Amenities: 

Park Details: Wray Park is at the corner of Mary Lynn and Jaclyn Drives off of Watertown Road.  Turn left onto Jaclyn Drive and your in a great neighborhood park with tons of amenities. Our newest playground is here with ADA accessibility and incredibly fun play components for everyone to enjoy.  An accessible path connects the parking lot with this playground, our sand playground and the basketball court.

Parents Tips: This park offers a parent’s favorite summertime amenity  shade! This park has a unique feature – pickleball courts as of 2021! There are 2 normal swings, 2 toddler and 2 ADA. There is also a climbing net and feature my big kids love and 2 climbable dinosaurs that my little kids love.

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Hartland Parks & Playrounds

View 6 Reasons why we love Hartland Here.

Centennial Park - Hartland

Address: 701 County Road K
Hartland, WI
(View Map)
Parking: Parking lot 
Restroom: Yes 
Dogs Allowed: Yes, but not on the Ice Age Trail
Cost: Free.
Drinking Fountain: Yes
Playground Surface: Woodchips
Other Amenities: 

Park Details: Centennial Park is bounded by the Bark River on the west and Highway K to the north. It is the most recent park to be developed. It sports a playground and soccer field, and is the home field for the Lake Country Chiefs football team. The field has bleacher seating and a lighted scoreboard. There is also a baseball diamond with bleachers.

Parents Tips: Keep a close eye on the little ones as there is the Bark River nearby. This is a smaller playground for younger kids with toddler swings and smaller swings. The Ice Age trail runs right to this park (and actually follows the Bark River between this park and Hartbrook Park). 

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Hartbrook Park - Hartland

Hartbrook Park Local Parks Guide Lake Country Family Fun Hartland

Address515 Rae Drive, Hartland, WI (View Map)
Parking: Parking lot right at the park.
Restroom: Yes, to the south of the parking lot. 
Dogs Allowed: Yes, but not on the Ice Age Trail
Cost: Free.
Drinking Fountain: Unknown
Playground Surface: Woodchips
Other Ammenities: 

Park Details: This Park is located just north of Hartbrook Drive and is bounded by the Bark River on the west and Rae Drive on the east. 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.

Parents Tips: Keep a close eye on the little ones as there is the Bark River nearby. There is a merry-go-round, swings for big kids and the toddler swings. There are six picnic tables under the picnic shelters. Grab an ice cream at Sweet Dreams after your visit, which is very close. We go to this park a lot when our older son is over at Mathnasium of Lake Country. Lake Country Youth Baseball & Softball plays at this field. 

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Nixon Park - Hartland

Nixon Park Splash Pad Village of Hartland Best Local Parks Lake Country Family Fun

Address175 E Park Ave, Hartland, WI (View Map)
Parking: Parking lot right at the park and on top by the splash pad (limited by the splash pad) Please drive slowly.
Restroom: Yes on top by the splash pad (across street) and in the fine arts building.
Dogs Allowed: Yes on leashes.
Cost: Free.
Drinking Fountain: Yes in the arts building restroom area.
Playground Surface: Woodchips
Other Ammenities: 

Park Details: Nixon park is home to the Hartland Splash Pad, the Hartland Fine Arts Center and the Lake Country Beer Garden on Thursdays through Sundays in the summer months. A pond fed by the Bark River provides fishing. A handicapped accessible pathway winds along the river bank and around the pond. Pathways at the SE corner of the park connect with a path around Mill Place subdivision or a path along Maple Avenue. The Ice Age Trail enters the SW end of Nixon Park and continues north through the park, behind the Hartland Public Library, through the downtown, along the Bark River past the Village of Hartland Fire Dept and Bark River Park to eventually connect with Hartbrook Park. The baseball diamond even has bleachers and dugouts!

Parents Tips: Keep a close eye on the little ones as there is the Bark River nearby. There is a merry-go-round, swings for big kids and the toddler swings. There is playground equipment for younger kids and the older ones! There are picnic tables under each of the four picnic shelters (3 shelters are by the splash pad) and in the beer garden area there are a lot more picnic tables. Head to Nixon Park on the last Wednesday of July every year for the annual Hartland Kids Day event presented by Lake Country Family Fun. 

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Sussex Parks & Playrounds

Armory Park - Sussex

Sussec Armory Park Lake Country Family Fun

Address: W239N5730 Maple Avenue
Sussex, 53089
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Parking: Multiple Parking lots.
Restroom: Yes, near the baseball diamonds, but may be locked. There is also multiple port-o-potties by the soccer fields.
Dogs Allowed: Yes, leashed.
Cost: Free.
Drinking Fountain: Yes
Playground Surface: Woodchips
Other Ammenities: 

Park Details: This park is a village of Sussex park. Armory Park is a 28 acre regional park adjacent to the Wisconsin Army National Guard located on the east side of Maple Avenue, south of Clover Drive. Access to the park is by driveway off of Maple Avenue and there is plenty of parking for visitors.

Parents Tips: You will find many youth soccer and baseball games played at this park. Park is a super quick drive from Meijer and the new Kwik trip on 164 and Lisbon as well as close to the Lake Country Burn Boot Camp location. You can find a FREE ice rink here in the winter time.  There is one small ramp for bike or skateboard, but not a full skate park. The swings are both toddler and normal size. 

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Weyer Park - Sussex

Address: N64W23760 Main Street
Sussex, WI 53089 
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Parking: Yes, large civic center lot
Restroom: Yes, in the library or civic center.
Dogs Allowed: Not allowed in the play area.
Cost: Free.
Drinking Fountain: Yes
Playground Surface: Solid rubber surface
Other Ammenities: 

Park Details: Weyer Park is a 7 acre park in the center of Sussex. It is located on the Civic Center Campus, north of the Civic Center Building with the park boundaries being lot lines of single family homes, Old Mill Lane and Sussex Creek. Access to the park is by walking path, with parking in the parking lot of the Civic Center Campus.

 

Parents Tips: This park is a great trip for hitting up a park and library in one. The Pauline Haas library is just across the parking lot. That’s why many refer to this park as the “library” park. This park offers two sets of playground equipment right next to each other so kids of all ages have age appropriate options. There are swings including a double swing (face to face). A neat bridge takes you over the river to an open field. 

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Accessible Features (ADA friendly)
Baseball Diamond
Basketball Court
Beach
Bike Rack
Boat Launch
Bridge
Disc Golf
Exercise Stations
Fence Exterior
Football Field
Fishing
Grill
Horseshoes
Picnic Shelter(s)
Pickleball
Playground Equipment
Pool
Rental Opportunities
Sand Pit
Skate Park/Ramps
Soccer Field
Splash Pad
Swings
Tennis Courts
Trains Go By
Volleyball
Trail(s)

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4 thoughts on “27 Best Local Parks”

  1. This is very helpful! Would you suggest one park over the others for a one year old? Any other activities that we could do this summer with her? She currently is not walking.

    1. Hi William! At this time of year, Imagination Station at Roosevelt Park in Oconomowoc is a great place for an active toddler. It has rubber matted ground, so mud is not an issue. With the dew, you may want to bring a towel to wipe any slides/swings off, but it’s a fan favorite for so many in the area!

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