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100th Birthday of Grant Park - 2010

Nov. 13, 2009

100th Birthday of Grant Park 2010


100 Things to do in the Park


1. Drive through the park

2. Walk on the beach

3. Throw stones in the water

4. Look for drift wood

5. Find fossils in rocks on the beach

6. Observe the shapes of the clouds

7. Watch the stars

8. Watch the waves/tides

9. Build a sand castle

10. Look for cliff swallows

11. Walk on the Seven Bridges Trail

12. Learn the names of all the wild flowers

13. Take photos of all the wild flowers

14. Take photos of whatever you think is beautiful

15. Write a poem about the park

16. Write a song about something in the park

17. Ride the bike trail

18. Play golf on the golf course

19. Listen to a concert in the park

20. Enjoy a fish fry in the park

21. Sit and commune with nature

22. Play soccer

23. Write a story about something you did in the park

24. Listen for owls

25. Weed out garlic mustard

26. Help the Park People with a project

27. Buy something in the pro store

28. Make a donation to the parks for continued park maintenance

29. Pick up trash in the park

30. Pick grape leaves (before July 4th) and make sarma

31. Meditate on the beauty of nature

32. Help to make a labyrinth

33. Find and name all the trees that grow in the north temperate zone

34. Sit and read park history

35. Grant Park is the highest site on the western side of

Lake Michigan; find the marker in the park

36. Walk/run/joy on the bike trail

37. Dance in the park

38. Fish in the pond or creek

39. Watch a soccer game

40. Catch a salmon in Oak Creek

41. Watch the ducks and geese in the mill pond

42. Hike along the creek

43. Watch the water go over the Mill Pond dam

44. Help on a clean up the park day

45. Count the many shades of green you see

46. Read a book in the park

47. Bird watch—how many different kinds of birds do you see?

48. Paint a picture of the park

49. Sit on the beach and watch the sunrise

50. Take photos of the park and make a calendar or scrapbook

51. Have a cook out

52. Buy take out and have a picnic

53. Look for deer in the park

54. Sing in the park

55. Get a suntan/sunbathe

56. Float a boat down Oak Creek

57. Float a boat in Lake Michigan

58. Splash in the water

59. Go for a swim

60. Roller skate in the park

61. Rent a jet ski

62. Use a metal detector to hunt treasure

63. Look for the ripply rock (3-4 feet high)

64. Sit on a natural park bench

65. Winter bird watch

66. Look for Hawks nests in the winter (sticks only in the nest)

67. Snow shoe in the park

68. Cross country ski through the park

69. Locate Indian mounds in the park

70. Fly a kite

71. Have a family reunion

72. Spend a evening in the Scout House

73. Visit Willoway for a tour

74. Ice skate on the mill pond

75. Make a leaf rubbing

76. Collect colorful leaves

77. Play tennis

78. Hit a baseball

79. Enjoy the use of the playground equipment

80. Screen for crayfish in the creek

81. Play hockey on the frozen pond

82. Fish off the rocks by the Lake

83. Walk across the bridge on Oak Creek

84. Look for turtles

85. Go to Mass in the park on Easter

86. Look for wild onions and garlic in the spring

87. Look for deer antlers

88. Hunt for acorns

89. Look for different kinds of mushrooms

90. Walk in the rain

91. Hunt for pinecones

92. Take a nap

93. Practice your golf in the park

94. Walk barefoot in the grass

95. Count the sail boats on the Lake

96. Go geocaching in the park

100. Play horseshoes

101. Learn to mimic a bird song

102. Launch your kayak on the beach

103. Wash off your feet at the beach house

104. Weed out honeysuckle and buckthorn shrubs

105. Look for Skunk Cabbage and Marsh Marigolds in spring

106. Follow the Oak Leaf Trail around Milwaukee County


Things to Remember:

It is a violation of the law to:

throw stones at the birds.

collect feathers or nests.

pick wild flowers in the park.

The flowers are for everyone to view and enjoy.

Do not feed the ducks and geese for sanitation and health reasons.

Be safe and stay on regular trails when going up and down bluffs.

Always leave the park looking better than when you arrived.


Grant Park History: (South Lake Dr. South of College Av.)

The land was purchased by John Fowle and sons in 1834 from the

U.S. Govt. and sold to Milwaukee County in 1910. The golf club house

was Alfred Fowle’s home. The park was first named Wilson Park, for the

President, and later changed by the park board. It is located in the City of

South Milwaukee and has two miles of shoreline. The 210.327 acres include

picnic areas, tennis courts, play areas, beach, lagoon and nature trails.

In the days of the Yellowstone Trail, (A trail across America from Boston

to Seattle, marked with yellow stones,1913-30) the park had a camp grounds,

a resident swan, greenhouse and nursery where thousands of plants were

raised for use in other county parks and boulevards in Milwaukee. Fred

Wulff, the park’s planner, lived in the park with his family. His house is still

there and is known as the Scout House. He later developed the County

Nursery on S. 51st Street and Puetz. Grant Park is the second largest county

park and is known for having the most wild flowers. Mr. Wulff planted at least

one of every variety of tree that grew in the North Temperate Zone. The park

has the highest bluffs on the western side of Lake Michigan. The Seven Bridges

foot trail leads down into a Ravine which follows Eb’s Creek, named after

Ebenezzer Dibley, who farmed the north end of the park. Come, enter the

“wild wood and haunts of nature” for they beckon you.



100 ideas compiled with help from Steve Schreiter, Jerry Potter

and Jan Schumacher. Thanks to Alexis Gassenhuber for the idea.

Edited by Katherine Leffel

Lois Schreiter, VP, South Milwaukee Historical Society



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