The natural resources of Shorewood - the scenic, wooded banks of the Milwaukee River and the bluffs and shoreline of Lake Michigan - are ideal settings for parks. Across the span of the village between these two geographic features are more than thirteen acres of village owned park land providing three major and two neighborhood parks, as well as a nature preserve. In addition, most of the 50 acres of Milwaukee county's Estabrook Park lies within the Village of Shorewood.
While the Village of Shorewood does not reserve its park space, Village events have priority and users should refer to the Village's web calendar for a schedule of these before planning private events. All parks are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that no grilling, tents, or sound amplification equipment is permitted in Shorewood parks. Parks hours are: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Named for William J. Hubbard, a former village Board President, this park occupies almost 5 acres of terraced, wooded terrain on the east bank of the Milwaukee River. Early in the village's history, this riverside site was home to a resort and a series of amusement parks. Today, visitors access the park through a pedestrian tunnel running under the Oak Leaf Recreation Trail. Upon entering the park, guests are transported to a north woods river retreat.
Within the woods at the north end of the park stands the charming and rustic Hubbard Park Lodge. The building, constructed as a WPA project by the FDR administration, is home to Hubbard Park Lodge Restaurant (414-332-4207). The lodge is a popular spot for wedding receptions, offers a Friday fish fry and Sunday brunch, and operates a beer garden.
Atwater Park and Beach
This scenic 5-acre park at the head of East Capitol Drive (formerly Atwater Road) offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan. The park is home to the annual Memorial Day celebration, a summer Shorewood Concert Band series, the July 4th fireworks and another Shorewood institution - the annual Shorewood Men's Club Chicken BBQ, which officially opens Atwater Beach's 800 feet of sandy shoreline for the season each June. Beach hours are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Shorewood's River Park is the place for the recreation enthusiast. The village's newest park, River Park is home field for Shorewood's youth baseball and soccer organizations. Cheer on your favorite kickers or watch America's pastime - Shorewood little league style - at beautiful Spector Field.
Newly renovated, this pocket park at the intersection of N. Oakland Avenue and E. Edgewood Avenue is the perfect spot for catching a bit of sun or people watching.
Shorewood's Comprehensive Outdoor Park Plan
Parks Donation Program
The Shorewood Foundation has partnered with the Shorewood Parks Commission and the Shorewood School District to invite you and your family to enhance the beauty and quality of our community by donating useful and attractive amenities to our parks and public areas.
Gifts can be used toward a variety of amenities. The following brochure highlights just a sampling of suggested items, including benches, bike racks and playground equipment.