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Hans Weissgerber III would run the Greendale beer garden under a proposal put forth by County Exec Chris Abele and the parks department.
Hans Weissgerber III would run the Greendale beer garden under a proposal put forth by County Exec Chris Abele and the parks department. (Photo: Molly Snyder )

Abele proposes a Greendale beer garden

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee County Parks Department have announced that they are recommending opening a new beer garden this summer at Greendale's Scout Lake Park pavilion.

The beer garden – which would be the third permanent beer garden in the county parks – would be run by Hans Wesigerber III's ABC Estabrook, Inc., which runs a similar beer garden at Estabrook Park.

Another beer garden, called The Landing, opened last summer in Wauwatosa's Hoyt Park, just outside the gates of the renovated Hoyt Park Pool. The Landing is operated by The Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool.

The proposed beer garden, in what the county calls the "underutilized" pavilion in the park would be open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., serving beer, wine, non-alcoholic drinks and food, cutting off alcohol sales at 9 p.m.

"Our ultimate goal is to create an environment that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding parkland, providing an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together in an inclusive social setting," said Weissgerber in a statement.

The proposal estimates the garden would bring the county $80,000 in revenues in 2014 and $100,000 next year.

"Since taking office I’ve tasked departments across the County to look for strong partnerships and opportunities to strengthen the community; this project epitomizes our efforts," County Executive Abele said. "I’m hopeful they share my excitement in this plan. I want to thank the Parks Department and Director John Dargle for helping create this opportunity."

The County Board must approve the proposal for it to move forward.

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