After a one-year absence, lifeguards will be back at Atwater Beach in Shorewood this summer, thanks to Coastline Services, LLC, a private agency launched by local resident Eric Gietzen that is stepping up to handle staffing for the Village.
While we may not be the land of 10,000 lakes, we prize quality over quantity, and there are some great places for recreation and reflection within a quick drive from Milwaukee. Here are some of our favorites.
Milwaukee: a great city by the beach? YES! Outdoor Magazine kicked off voting for their "America's Best Town" 2016 yesterday and Milwaukee is nominated.
Late Wednesday afternoon, representatives from MillerCoors, Milwaukee County Parks, UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences and Milwaukee County held a press conference, announcing new initiatives, and namely a new $500,000 contribution from MillerCoors, to clean up South Shore Park.
The Great Lakes continue to lead the nation as far as water contamination levels go, with Wisconsin reporting the second-worst contamination rate in the country, according to the 23rd annual beachwater quality report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Here is a quick guide to some of Milwaukee County's best beaches, so you can soak them up enough to last the whole year round.
On a run along the Oak Leaf Trail in Bay View Thursday night, I noticed the water along the beach in South Shore Park teaming with splashing children, parents and pets. Not surprising, given the extreme heat of the day, but definitely not necessarily advisable given the pollution problems in the often stagnant water.
The other day, my kid asked if we could go to the beach and I said, "sure, but let's go this weekend, since I have to work today." This morning there was an e-mail in my inbox with this subject line, "Hitting the beach this weekend? Think twice."
Even Milwaukeeans who love a winter blanketed in white could use a break from the harsh weather. If you're looking to leave the state or the States this winter, check out OMC's editors' picks for sunny, beachy and breathtaking getaways.