Located in Wauwatosa at the confluence of Underwood Creek and the Menomonee River and adjacent to the Menomonee River Parkway, the over 500 acres known collectively as the County Grounds is comprised of several properties owned and managed by different agencies and having differing amounts of development and protections.
Wil-O-Way Woods: approx. 45 acres owned by WDNR, technically a State Forest. Well-used woodland trails throughout. Forest Exploration Center, dedicated to forests and forestry, being planned. Adjacent to Wil-O-Way Underwood, a Milwaukee County facility specializing in accessible summer camp experiences.
County Grounds Park: 55 acres of open prairie on rolling hills. Well-used trails throughout. Outstanding views of the downtown Milwaukee skyline and surroundings. Milwaukee County parkland.
Underwood Parkway: Home to Hansen Golf Course and a link in the Oak Leaf Trail with connections to Menomonee River Parkway on the north and the Hank Aaron State Trail and Greenfield Park to the south. Milwaukee County parkland.
Monarch Trail: An 11-acre butterfly habitat conservation zone located within the UWM Innovation Campus. Active friends organization with tours and other programming.
Detention Basins: 90-acre flood management area surrounded by a well-used, gravel multi-purpose trail. Managed by Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Sanctuary Woods: 66 acres of mixed woodland, meadow and wetland with remnant ruins of the former Milwaukee County Asylum. Well-used trails throughout; diverse habitats make it particularly good for birds and other wildlife. Owned by Milwaukee County; currently unprotected.
Story link: Sanctuary Woods…gets national attention.
Photo album on Flickr.
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