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Parks and Recreation

The cities of Franklin and Oak Creek both have outstanding parks and recreation areas for leisure time activities.

The City of Oak Creek’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department handles programs for children, teens and adults. It also manages two dozen park sites and facilities in the community including a skate park, disc golf course, seasonal ice rink and many other soccer and football fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, sledding hills, nature areas, and basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts. The Oak Creek Community Center serves as the site for cultural, recreational, and social activities.

The City of Franklin’s park system of more than 3,600 acres of land includes the 38-acre Franklin Woods Nature Center, miles of walking and biking trails, woodlands and open spaces, playgrounds, and picnic areas. The Franklin Community Education and Recreation Department manages the community’s recreational programs, including group fitness classes, sports programs, before and after school activities and summer camps. The Rock Sports Complex, a year round recreational site, features biking, baseball, snow skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding and more.

The 100-mile Oak Leaf Trail of the Milwaukee County Parks runs through both communities and serves as a wonderful way to bike, hike or leisurely walk through our scenic communities. The Lake Michigan waterfront Bender Park in Oak Creek offers boat slips for fishing or spending time on the lake. In the near future it will be developed to accommodate both the residential and recreational needs of the area.

Milwaukee County offers 15 golf courses including Whitnall and Oakwood Golf courses in Franklin and Oak Hills Golf Club, a nine-hole public course in Oak Creek.

Recreational opportunities can encourage both an active or relaxing lifestyle in Oak Creek and Franklin and provide an ideal setting for employers to recruit and retain well-qualified employees.

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