WHO WE ARE
Washington Park Neighbors (WPN) is a diverse group of individuals and families serving the Washington Park area and the Near West Side of Milwaukee, WI. We collaborate with businesses, neighborhood groups and community members to continually improve upon Washington Park’s extensive space for visitors to enjoy concerts, arts and entertainment during the Summer months.
HOLDING ON TO TRADITION
The park’s designer, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, believed that open space in nature promotes health and well-being. He created Washington Park with the intention of improving society by encouraging varying urban demographics to gather in a natural setting. Today, Washington Park still feeds the energy of four strong communities - Washington Heights, Walnut Hill, Martin Drive and Sherman Park.
CONTINUING TO EXPAND AND GROW
These bordering neighborhoods know the ongoing traditions of concerts, church gatherings, dance performances, farmers markets, lively events, and family celebrations that fill our park and help maintain the momentum started by Olmstead. We are also lucky enough to have the Urban Ecology Center at the northeastern end of the park which remains fundamental in strengthening and growing our community and connecting it with the rest of the city. The goal of WPN’s Washington Park Wednesdays Summer Concert Series is to both broaden the scope of attendees to the park and the West Side of Milwaukee, as well as to bring access to the rich cultural fabric of Milwaukee as a whole to the residents surrounding the park.
WHAT WE DO
Beginning the first Wednesday in July, Washington Park Neighbors presents Washington Park Wednesdays! With established and emerging local and visiting musicians, the latest and greatest food trucks, and a plethora of engaging activities, Wednesdays never had it so good. We will return this year with our popular theme nights curated to showcase and combine a diverse spectrum of music, art, and fun through outstanding regional talent. We will also be using these themes to garner some focus to needs and interests of the city’s youth and at-risk population. We truly believe that art in all its forms presented in an aesthetic and historical setting at no cost to the public can provide a sea change in our city and in our society.
Innovative local bands, Milwaukee's finest food trucks, and activities sure to energize and entertain fill the park each Wednesday. Theme nights promise diverse combinations of music, art, and fun with outstanding regional talent.
Happy hour begins at 5:00, and bands begin at 6pm, with family activities and give-aways running throughout the entire evening. Join us for cutting edge music, dance, and art where neighborhoods and community come together — wonderful Washington Park!