Active and passive leisure time activities abound throughout the cities of Oak Creek and Franklin, thanks to the availability of outstanding parks and recreation systems.
The City of Franklin offers more than 15 parks, trails and facilities throughout town. Highlights in its park system include the 38-acre Franklin Woods Nature Center, miles of walking and biking trails, passive woodlands and open spaces, play structures, baseball diamonds, picnic pavilions and much more. The award-winning Franklin Community Education and Recreation Department, an arm of Franklin Public Schools, is responsible for the community’s recreational programming, which includes sports programs, group fitness classes, aquatics, before- and after-school options, summer camp and various enrichment programs.
The City of Oak Creek’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department manages two dozen park sites and facilities in the community, and oversees a year-round listing of exciting programs for children, teens and adults. Among the notable features on the City’s parks directory are the City Skate Park and Disc Golf Course at Abendschein Park, the seasonal ice rink at Henry Miller Park and such park amenities as soccer and football fields, picnic areas, playground equipment, seasonal sledding hills, nature areas, open spaces and basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts.
Milwaukee County also operates sites in the area. The waterfront Bender Park in Oak Creek offers scenic views of Lake Michigan and boat slips for those who enjoy spending the day on the water. The system also offers the Oak Creek Parkway and the more than 100-mile Oak Leaf Trail, which winds through both communities and presents opportunities to enjoy hiking, biking, skating and bird watching.
Milwaukee County is also responsible for 15 golf courses in the region, including two in Franklin – Oakwood Golf Course and Whitnall Golf Course. The area is also home to Oak Hills Golf Club in Oak Creek, a nine-hole, public course that offers challenging play complemented by such amenities as a 250-yard driving range, practice putting green and an onsite restaurant.
From staying active to kicking back and relaxing at a family picnic, there are plenty of recreational opportunities to be enjoyed in Oak Creek and Franklin.