About our group

“Our aim is to bring neighbors and our neighborhood together to enhance and enjoy Cooper Park”

The Friends of Cooper Park was formed with the goal of engaging neighbors in the involvement of their local park to effect some positive change in the area.  We are a 100% volunteer organization made up of neighbors of the park. We want to make Cooper Park a better place for the casual passer-by, the picnicker, the local sports team, and the families who use the park every day. 

What is a Friends Group?

Friends groups are volunteer driven organizations that strive to enhance local parks through a variety of efforts like:

  • Holding Park Clean-Ups
  • Organizing Special Events (Harvest Festivals, Community Picnics)
  • Fundraising for Park Maintenance and Improvements
  • Facilitate Weed-Out Sessions to Maintain High-Quality Natural Areas
  • Create Newsletters to Inform the Public on Park Issues
  • Form a Safety Monitoring Program

How did you get started?

The Friends of Cooper Park started in response to a number of concerned local citizens who met in the Summer of 2016 to address changes that were taking place in and around Cooper Park. The Milwaukee County Parks department suggested forming a Friends group as a means of increasing park volunteerism, raising public awareness, and enhancing park-goer enjoyment through activities and events. 

Are you a charitable organization?

We partner with an umbrella organization called The Park People for assistance with fundraising on a tax-exempt basis. The Park People also help our park network with other local groups with similar missions.

Find out more about The Park People here:

Our Partners

"Many hands make light work"

Did you know there are over 1500 homes in the area surrounding Cooper Park? In order to better engage neighbors in neighborhood events like Rummage Sales, Meet and Greets, and neighborhood clean up - the Cooper Park Neighborhood Association formed to help organize those efforts. Please read more about the CPNA on their website

There would be no parks without the County and the Parks Department. Make sure you take time to visit their pages and learn about our other sister parks: