Humboldt Park – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Humboldt Park covers 73 acres in the Bay View neighborhood. Each year, thousands of people take advantage of the beautiful scenery, cultural events, and numerous amenities. The park houses an outdoor music stage, park pavilion, war memorial, rambling trails, picnic areas, and lagoons. An extensive list of events provide visitors with plenty of reasons to enjoy Humboldt Park.

Humboldt Park Friends invite you to learn more about events, attractions, and scenery that make this park special to the neighborhood and visitors.

Our History


Humboldt Park Boat House

Humboldt Park is one of six parks created when the city of Milwaukee established a Parks Commission in 1890. The park was originally named South Park and opened to the public in 1891. Its original 45 acres were completely fenced in. Extensive park construction occurred in 1893.

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Baseball Diamond

Keltner Field Diamond

Humboldt Park offers an impressive blend of natural beauty with events and amenities creating an enjoyable urban park experience. There are many amenities that the community can take advantage of. Discover More >

Become a Member


Join Humboldt Park Friends

Membership in Humboldt Park Friends enables you to vote for board leadership, support administrative costs, and help support our mission. Annual support membership is $10.

You can download the membership application here:

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Humboldt Park pavillion’s bathroom renovation has officially begun.

Construction has begun!

The Humboldt Park pavillion’s bathroom renovation has officially begun. The partitions are down in the women’s bathroom and jackhammers are in the process of removing the floor tile. Here are some photos of the destruction. Here are some pics.

Humboldt Park Holds First “Bloop”

Race Bloopers can run around Humboldt Park for 13.1 miles, 26.2 miles or more.

Bloop, a new Milwaukee race, will be held at Humboldt Park Saturday, April 29.

This is no mistake, though the dictionary defines bloop as a “mistake” or shortened version of blooper. Nor, we’re guessing, will the race feature a “short low-pitched noise emitted by an electronic device,” which is another definition of bloop (who knew?). There may, however, be lots of grunts, wheezing and huffing and puffing by runners.

Cat Tail Removal Trial

While Humboldt Park Friends are spearheading the lagoon cat tail removal protect, it is a collaboration on many . Our initial launch of conducting a pilot cat tail removal received technical assistance and guidance from Ramsey, of Parks and Craig of WDNR, thank you;...

Humboldt Park Cleanup 2016

Humboldt Park Friends is hosting a spring cleanup in Humboldt Park. The volunteer effort takes place Saturday, April 30 9 am to Noon.

Bags and gloves will be available at the pavilion. If you have a rake or shovel, please bring it as we have limited supplies. When you first arrive, stop at the park pavilion for list of tasks.

Humboldt Park Friends Eater Egg Hunt

Add to your calendar Humboldt Park Friends Eater Egg Hunt Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm Humboldt Park Friends and the Milwaukee County Parks Department invite you to the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, March 19th. The events kicks off at 11am sharp and is...

Park Land Zoning


You may have read recent news articles about park land zoning and a list of 43 parks that are not currently zoned as such. What isn’t being reported is that the County Executive had already initiated requests to local municipalities, prior to the County Board’s action, to change the zoning on those parcels from their current zoning designation to Parks District as soon as practicable.

Humboldt Park Friends 2016 Annual Report

I wish a Happy New Year to Humboldt Park Friends members and volunteers. It was a busy year in 2015 for our organization, and we have much to be proud of. I want to highlight a few accomplishments:

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