Lakeshore State Park is located on Lake Michigan by the shores of Summerfest and Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. It is almost completely surrounded by water and connects to Urban Park via the beautiful Lakeshore State Park bridge.
THE PARK, formerly known as Harbor Island, is the only urban state park in Wisconsin and is designed to provide an urban oasis with recreational opportunities and outdoor educational programs.
The 22-acre park includes a 1.7 mile trail that connects to the Hank Aaron and Oak Leaf state trails; a watercraft beach area with access for canoes, paddleboats and kayaks; fishing areas and 20 boat slips for vessels up to 60 feet in length with overnight boat camping available. A bridge connects the north end of the park to the Summerfest grounds and an extension of the land near the Marcus Amphitheater connects the south end.
major Awards Won
·President’s Award of Excellence—General Design American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Wisconsin Chapter ·Mayor's Award for Spaces and Places City of Milwaukee ·Engineering Achievement Award American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Wisconsin Section ·Paul Waterbury Award for Outdoor Lighting, International Illumination Design Awards (IIDA) Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), Madison and Milwaukee Chapters ·Merit Award, Park Section Design Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association ·Best Integrated Design Application iLight Technologies ·Excellence in Engineering Wisconsin Division of State Facilities ·Park Manager of the Year Award - Tom Kroeger Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
·Affinity Card Naturalist Grant Award Friends of Wisconsin State Parks ·Eco Champions Rock the Green ·Every Day Grant Award National Environmental Education Foundation
Additional amenitieS in the form of a self-sustainable, Leeds Platinum, visitor’s center with classrooms, public restrooms and showers for overnight boaters and visitors is planned for the future.
Educational programs related to the park explore the cultural and natural history of the lake, animals that call the park home and environmental sustainability. Opportunities abound to team up with many partners to offer programs on the natural history of Lake Michigan and Milwaukee’s river systems as well.
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