Park People Spring 2016 Newsletter
Oak Leaf Discovery TourThe Park People recently launched the fifth annual Oak Leaf Discovery Tour (OLDT). This summer long event was designed to encourage family exploration, healthy recreation (wellness) and awareness of our Milwaukee County Park System, its history, cultural opportunities and natural beauty. The OLDT is based on a participant "passport" that can be purchased at one of over 25 distribution points throughout Milwaukee County. This pocket sized book contains information about county park locations along or near the 118 mile Oak Leaf Trail. When participants visit these destinations, they collect special "keywords" in their passport. Prizes include impressive bikes, biking supplies, and gift certificates for local businesses and park venues.
This year the passport has QR codes for every keyword site that can be read with a smart phone (you will have to download a QR reader app). The QR code will take you to a web page with historical information for that particular site or information as to its cultural significance. If you don't have a smart phone or want to gather information about each Keyword site prior to planning your passport trip you can get this information by clicking on the passport image to the right.
For rules and general information about the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour, and places where you can purchase your passport click on the OLDT logo above.
Dr. Joseph Schneider
practiced medicine in Milwaukee for 45 years and had
an international reputation as a specialist in both
ophthalmogy and otology. He came to America in the
early 1880s after practicing in Germany for 10
years. Amazingly, he saw more than one hundred
eighty thousand patients, both rich and poor, during his career . The money that he collected daily went
into a wastebasket to be counted at the close of
each day. This was the money he used to purchase 65
acres of land. Dr. Schneider passed away in 1927. In
his will, he gifted this land to Milwaukee to be
known as Doctors Park. In 1937, the park was
transferred to what is now our Milwaukee County
Parks. Because he enjoyed gardening and nature, he
wanted to ensure that others could enjoy the
property that gave him and his family so much