Maptacular Milwaukee

Explore Milwaukee parks by illustrated map! Maptacular is an art project that challenges Milwaukee-area artists, designers and illustrators to create Milwaukee park maps in their own unique artistic style.

Milwaukee Lakefront Maptacular (2018) by Nate PadavickMilwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee's unique lakefront features several miles of parkland. This map by illustrator Nate Padavik, shows Veterans Park, McKinley Marina, Bradford Beach and the historic Lake Park

Artists were challenged with showing not just the geographic features, but the activities people enjoy in the parks - everything from dog walking to paddleboarding on Lake Michigan

Whitnall Park Maptacular (2018) by Linda BleckMilwaukee County Parks

Whitnall Park is one of Milwaukee County's largest parks. This map by Linda Bleck includes the Whitnall Golf Course, the Wehr Nature Center, Boerner Botanical Gardens and the Whitnall Beer Garden

Visitors flock to Whitnall Park for a wide range of recreational activities, including mountain biking, wildlife watching and in the winter, cross country skiing and sledding.

Boerner Botanical Gardens Maptacular (2019) by Linda BleckMilwaukee County Parks

Linda Bleck also created an illustrated map of Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park

The gardens, open from spring to fall, feature rotating floral displays and stunning formal gardens

Humboldt Park Maptacular (2018) by Gabriela RiverosMilwaukee County Parks

Humboldt Park, in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood, is one of the city's most active park. This illustrated map by Gabriela Riveros, captures the Chill on the Hill concert series, as well as 'the Bay View fox'

Scout Lake Park Maptacular (2019) by Barderies HamptonMilwaukee County Parks

Milwaukee County Parks manages 157 parks, and Scout Lake Park is one of the lesser known parks. The map by Barderies Hampton highlights Scout Lake as well as the picnic pavilions & hiking trails.

Gordon Park Maptacular (2018) by Jeff McAvoyMilwaukee County Parks

Illustrator Jeff McAvoy included some ghosts of the past in this map of Gordon & Riverside Parks. The map includes the steam train rail line, now a bike path, and Frederick Law Olmsted.

South Shore Park Maptacular (2018) by DwellephantMilwaukee County Parks

The unique style of artist Dwellephant captures the highlights of South Shore Park on the Lake Michigan shoreline, including the yacht club and the South Shore Terrace beer garden.

Greenfield Park Maptacular (2019) by Charity EkpoMilwaukee County Parks

Greenfield Park in West Allis, just west of the city of Milwaukee, is home to a historic golf course, Cool Waters aquatic park and biking and hiking trails. This map was designed by Charity Ekpo

Runway Dog Park Maptacular (2019) by Gemma CorrellMilwaukee County Parks

Illustrator Gemma Correll created this map of Runway Dog Park, which gets its name from its location next to Milwaukee International Airport.

Jackson Park Maptacular (2019) by Zac JacobsonMilwaukee County Parks

Jackson Park, on the southside of the city, is one of Milwaukee's oldest parks. Illustrator Zac Jacobson highlighted the swimming pool, lagoon and hiking areas in this map.

Washington Park Maptacular (2018) by Lauren MarvellMilwaukee County Parks

Washington Park is one of Milwaukee's 'original six' parks, created in the 1890's. Once home to a zoo and horse racing track, the park is now home to the Urban Ecology Center. Design by Lauren Marvell

Estabrook Park Maptacular (2019) by Melissa Lee JohnsonMilwaukee County Parks

Melissa Lee Johnson created this design for Estabrook Park, which borders the Milwaukee river. Features include a beer garden, dog park and the oldest house in Milwaukee - the Benjamin Church House

Doctors Park Maptacular (2019) by Scott SchillerMilwaukee County Parks

Doctors Park is in the northeast corner of Milwaukee County. Illustrator Scott Schiller included many of the birds, animals and native plants that can be found in the park.

Cathedral Square Park Maptacular (2019) by Monique MachutMilwaukee County Parks

Cathedral Square Park is the heart of downtown Milwaukee. The park is one of the city's oldest and dates back in 1835.

This design by Monique Machut features the popular Jazz in the Park concert series held in the park, as well as the French themed 'Bastille Days' festival.

Mitchell Park Maptacular (2019) by Dominique ViveretteMilwaukee County Parks

Dominique Viverette created this map of Mitchell Park, home of the iconic Mitchell Park Domes - an indoor botanical garden with tropical and desert domes.

Lake Park Maptacular (2019) by Susan Estelle KwasMilwaukee County Parks

Lake Park is arguably Milwaukee's most famous park. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1890's, the park still has many of its original features.

In this map illustrator Susan Estelle Kwas included historical details, and shows how seasonal changes in the park, with spring on the left, winter on the right.

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