Friends of Franklin's Parks

Supporting Franklin's Parks and Public Spaces

The Friends of Franklin's Parks To Participate in City Wide Clean Up at Franklin Nature Center

The City of Franklin, in conjunction with Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Inc., and the Friends will be hosting the "Great American Cleanup Day" On Saturday May 3rd.  We are looking for volunteers to pick up trash at the Franklin Nature Center which is located west of 35th and Puetz road. Volunteers will meet in the Parking lot at 10 am. 

For additional information on the City of Franklin's city wide clean up visit:


Friends of Franklin’s Parks Battle Buckthorn at Franklin Nature Center 


The Friends of Franklin’s Parks took our annual battle against Buckthorn to the Franklin Nature Center on June 9th  2012. The hearty band of volunteers, pictured here,  included: Paul Bessetle, James Kozicki, John Sanborn, Sharon Holden, Fred Bentz, Sherry Bentz, Jenifer Dietl, Howard Phillipson. Don Dorsan, Dale Dorsan, and Brian Ware.

The group removed hundreds of the invasive shrub from the Franklin Nature Center which has was featured for its biodiversity by the Land Trust Alliance during their Woodlands and Human Legacy tours last fall.  “We hope that our work will help preserve that biodiversity in some small way.” said Don Dorsan of the Friends of Franklin’s Parks. The group then moved to Legend Park to remove Buckthorn there as well.

The city of Franklin Department of Public works will pick up and dispose of the buckthorn.

The Friends hope to conduct an additional Buckthorn removal event in fall of this year. 

Click here for additional photos of previous Buckthorn removal  projects.



Friends of Franklin's Parks

Friends of Franklin's Parks is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the parks and other publicly accessible lands located in Franklin Wisconsin by:

  • Raising public awareness of park services
  • Presenting or sponsoring environmental, horticultural, recreational or educational programming
  • Conducting fund raising events to provide funds for projects or items not covered by The City of Franklin Parks operating budget
  • Advocating for increased park services, programs or funding
  • Organizing and/or providing volunteers for work on specific or ongoing projects identified by the parks director, staff and/or the parks commission.
  • Sponsoring Weed-out programs to help manage the Parks natural areas
  • Recognizing exceptional performance of individual park staff or citizens related to the parks.
  • Organize park clean-ups
  • Conducting environmental surveys and inventories

The Friends of Franklin Parks is a independent volunteer organization working with the Franklin Parks Department, City of Franklin Parks Commission, the City of Franklin and local land conservancy groups holding publicly accessible lands.

Information and opinions expressed on this website is not intended to represent the city of Franklin, its departments or employees in any way. 


Fifteen volunteers turned out to help plant 75 Oak trees in a future park south of Tifton woods in Franklin on April 17th.   This was the first  event sponsored by the Friends of Franklin Parks. A collaborative effort made possible by the City of Franklin Parks Department and the Milwaukee Area Land Conservancy. The trees were planted both in and to the west of Tifton Woods Mitigation Site east of Pleasant View School in Franklin. The trees are provided free of charge by the Livings Lands & Waters Million Trees Project in partnership with Milwaukee's Argosy Foundation


Franklin Historical Society and Friends Partner Help our Fine Feathered Friends

Bird House Installation in Franklin’s Parks - 

 April 2011

The Friends of Franklin's Parks installed birdhouses on April 30th in Legend Park and Lake Ernie. 

Friends Thank Alderman Ken Skowronski  for providing the post for the
birdhouse installation

The Friends of Franklin's Are Looking For A Few New Friends  

Are you interested in helping keep Franklin’s Parks and natural spaces beautiful and enjoyable for all?  Then the Friends of Franklin’s Parks need you! 

The Friends of Franklin’s Parks is a volunteer organizations made up of people who enjoy our natural areas and want to give back to the community. In our first year we planted trees in a future park, removed invasive buckthorn from Legend Park, and conducted a photo contest to promote the beauty of our parks and natural areas.   

If your interested in joining the Friends,  contact us at


Help support the Friends of Franklins Parks

Your financial support will help us continue to support our parks and open spaces such as the tree plantings, weed outs and other projects. Please consider making a donation today. Click here to download a donation form.

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