A sign of spring: MKE Co. Parks unveil 2023 Traveling Beer Garden schedule 🍻

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- It's a sign that spring is just around the corner.

Milwaukee County is just a couple months away from the return of the Traveling Beer Garden.

Leaders from Milwaukee County Parks, Sprecher Brewing and County Executive David Crowley met Thursday to unveil this year's plan.

2023 will be the 10th year Milwaukee County Parks and Sprecher have organized the public, family-friendly event.

"It's really a great way to support local business, support your parks, and support your community," said Guy Smith, executive director for Milwaukee County Parks.

Greenfield Park is the first of eight stops this year, starting May 17. Each stop is 12 days straight.

"This year we're going to be doing one tour, and we wanted to really focus our efforts on those stops," Smith said.

Milwaukee County Parks also plans to announce more permanent beer gardens in the near future.

Juneau Park is notably left off as a stop for 2023, but Parks officials tell CBS 58, news regarding Juneau Park will be announced in the coming weeks.

Along with the typical food fare, stops this year will include rotating food trucks.

"We're able to provide some variety that maybe people are looking for," Smith said.

The Traveling Beer Garden has brought more than $4 million to Milwaukee County Parks.

"It helps us be able to sustain parts of our parks department that are so vital, but that don't bring in revenue. So, like our trails and our greenspaces, and playgrounds," Smith said.

In addition, Sprecher has donated more than $256,000 to Milwaukee County Parks through their partnership.

"Improvements like our pavilion spaces, having ADA accessible restrooms, having energy efficient lighting, tree planting, and even resurfacing some of our parking lots," said County Executive David Crowley.

The unique event has become a national model, inspired by the Brew City.

"There's all these other communities, both regionally and nationally, that have reached out to us to say, 'how can we emulate that, how can we do something similar?'" Smith said.

Ahead of opening day, Smith notes that Milwaukee County Parks is always looking to hire more employees, especially to work the Traveling Beer Garden.

More information on the Traveling Beer Garden can be found here.

For information on Milwaukee County Parks, click here.

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