Frederick Law Olmsted’s Washington Park Legacy: A Walking Tour

Saturday (9/22) (SOLD OUT) and Sunday (9/23) at 3 pm
Ticket required ($10)
Duration: 90 minutes
Capacity: 25 per tour
Meet: Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet Street

Stroll curving pathways through picturesque wooded hillocks and around a 10-acre lagoon. Frederick Law Olmsted designed what was originally called “West Park” in 1892, after helping Milwaukee’s nascent parks commission choose sites for new parks. The designer of Manhattan’s Central Park–considered the “father” of American parks, the landscape architecture profession and environmentalism–his artistic and inclusive visions for parks are also credited with helping to shape America as a democracy. Dave Boucher, a longtime advocate for Milwaukee’s West Side, and Virginia Small, who researches and writes about landscape history, will guide the tour. Experience framed vistas and naturalistic splendor within a holistic scenic landscape that endures—even as Washington Park evolves. And discover how Olmsted helped spur mass transit in Greater Milwaukee.

Transportation: The Washington Park Senior Center is accessible from I-94, Highway 175 (Vliet Street exit). There is ample parking on site. MCTS bus routes on Vilet Street stop at either end of the parking lot and are served by routes #31 & #33. Check the MCTS website for more information.