Parks & Lakes

Benefits of Parks & Open Spaces

Parks and open spaces are important and valuable attributes to a community. Outdoor recreation contributes to the mental and physical well-being of the community's citizens. Developed park lands provide areas for active recreation, entertainment, and education. Open spaces, or undeveloped park lands, provide natural resource preservation, wildlife habitat, outdoor education, and passive recreational activities. Both developed and undeveloped parks provide transition and separation from other developed land uses.

Annual Park Operations Timetable

  • Docks are installed the first weekend in May.
  • Restrooms open May 1 with closure on September 30 for Idle Isle, Lions, Kurth, Bluhm Farm (south side), and Veterans Memorial Park.
  • Restrooms at Park Arthur open year round.
  • Idle Isle staff are on duty weekends and holidays only from the first Saturday in May until Labor Day.
  • Swimming lines at Idle Isle Park beach area are in by the Memorial Day weekend.

Beach Water Quality (E-Coli) Testing

The Parks & Recreation Department will be testing the beach water quality at Idle Isle Park on a weekly basis in June, July,and August (until Labor Day). If beach water samples are found to warrant signage, the City will post signs indicating the beach is either open with medium levels (235-1,000 colonies/100ml) or closed (excess of 1,000 colonies/100ml). If no signs are posted, water is considered at safe levels.

General Information & Guidelines

  • Golfing areas can be found in Bluhm Farm Park and Denoon Park if you want to keep your swing in shape.
  • Bathrooms are open only from May to September, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. A key request form and a $25 deposit are required should your group desire to have access to bathrooms October through April.
  • Dogs are not allowed in parks; they are only allowed on the Muskego Recreation Trail with leash 10 feet or less. Dog owners must clean up after their dogs.

Wildlife in the Parks

Please remember that is unlawful to harass wildlife. Please respect our wildlife that are present in our parks. You might not know, but it's not a good idea to feed the ducks and geese in our parks. By feeding the birds, they lose their natural instincts for survival. It also causes overpopulation and a big mess. The birds can also become susceptible to disease and predation. Please do not feed the birds.