Parks and Neighbors are Still Essential

Friends of Lincoln Park wants to extend its concern and solidarity with communities traumatized by systemic racism and police brutality as well as greater health risks from Covid-19.  Parks play an important role in bringing communities together and we want to share our hope that all can enjoy our green spaces without fear of discrimination or racial profiling. 

Join in a Community Conversation
With NWSCDC and Safe and Sound
Wednesday June 17, 
@ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

For this virtual conversation, the topic is "How did we get here? Where do we go from here?" in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and local conversations about police practices and community needs.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 814 0746 1522
Password: 336048
Dial in: +1 312 626 6799

Summer DIY Cleanup Launch

Friday June 19th, Noon-3 pm
Saturday, June 20th, 9 am to Noon

Our Spring Cleanup was delayed but no more waiting.  We're launching our summer DIY (Do it Yourself) cleanup over two days June 19th and 20th.  Volunteers will be in masks, offering  freshly sanitized pick-up sticks, trash maps and bags from a safe distance.  BYO gloves, water and snacks.  Held in support of Milwaukee Riverkeeper DIY cleanup efforts.
Sign up on the Lincoln Park Friends Facebook Event and look for signage to the material pick-up site at 1301 W Hampton Ave.

Summer Weed-outs and the Burdock Brigade

Patrick and WeedsThis spring, we assaulted Garlic Mustard with just a few hardy volunteers.  June and July are the perfect time to go after Burdock.  Burdock is the plant that makes those famous velcro-like "cockleburrs" that cling to your clothes and pets in the Fall. They are also a hazard to young birds. Applying the blade of a shovel 2-4 inches below the base and snapping off the root kills the plant and prevents seeding.  Our current Burdock Brigade is Patrick Shelbly and David Thomas.  If you'd like to join us in our quest, contact Patrick at Sessions may involve beer.

Community Bike Drive Seeking Bicycles

Bike Drive image Milwaukee County Parks, the County Office of African American Affairs and several other community partners are collaborating to bring resources into neighborhoods and parks hardest hit by COVID-19 this summer, especially as much of the usual programming and other recreational options are not operational this year. A “social distance” bike drive will take place at Lincoln and McGovern parks on Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. [view poster here] To donate a bike or get more information, contact or call  Prianca Lal at 262-510-4625.

Support our Essential Park Staff

To cope with COVID-19, Milwaukee County Parks have had to cut back on staffing despite record numbers of people flocking to parks.  County Parks has set up this Web Page for COVID-19 news related to Parks. Here you'll find info on reopening and important tips on how to use the parks safely.  We appeal to our members to carry a bag to collect trash while enjoying the park.  Also, consider joining the Lincoln Park Friends and help us to keep the park clean and safe.

Paddling In the Park

People hauling boatsMore people are getting outdoors during the pandemic.  And we notice that more people are choosing to explore urban nature by boat.  Lincoln Park features miles of beautiful river shoreline that includes wildlife habitat on four islands and a Beaver lodge. If you have not paddled in Lincoln Park lately, this is a great time.  Before paddling, plan for a safe trip by downloading our Lincoln Park Paddle Guide.The guide includes a map and safe paddling tips. Paddling is best when water at the Estabrook Gage is between 2.5 and 3.5 feet. The boat landing is at 4950 N Milwaukee River Parkway, just north of Hampton Avenue. We list our Paddle events on so check there for updates. Maps and instruction are available. Remember that PFD’s are required by state law.
... and Fishing in the Park Too.
Fishing is a great social-distancing activity.  Kids 15 and under can fish for free. 16 & 17 year olds and folks 65 or older pay just $7.  If you have never had a Wisconsin fishing license, first time buyer price is just $5 for all ages. Click here to purchase.

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Even though our really fun events like our Spring Fest community resource fair and our Summer Kick-off concert had to be cancelled, we plan to keep going and plan bigger and better events when we get past this pandemic. Please support our work and click Join Now to start or renew your membership. Membership level ranges from $10 to $100 depending on your ability to donate.  More info here.


We are always looking for people with fresh ideas and energy, to join our board or lead projects.  Just email us to get started.
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