Explore the best Milwaukee has to offer with VISITMilwaukee and OnMilwaukee this summer by "Urban Exploring." We'll be sharing parks to hike, walls to climb, rivers to paddle, trails to bike and so much more. Be a tourist in your own town and experience it with us!
Kosciuszko Park, 2201 S. 7th St. in Lincoln Village, offers just under 37 acres of green space in the heart of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the state. Originally called Lincoln Avenue Park, today it is known as "Kosy" (pronounced "Kozzie") by neighbors.
The park is named after General Tadeusz Kościuszko, a Polish leader and American Revolutionary War hero, and features one of the city’s oldest statues, in his honor. It was designed and executed by Gaetano Trentanove, an Italian sculptor, in 1905 and moved to its current site in 1950.
Until 1919, the park was the home of the Kosciuszko Reds, a franchise of the Polish-American Semi-Professional Baseball League, and brought in thousands of fans.
Kosy offers a variety of recreational activities including Pelican Cove Waterpark (the best public pool deal in town at $2 for kids and $3 for anyone 12 and over), soccer, football, fishing, tennis and the Kosy Community Center, which offers boxing, basketball and community events.
Take an hour and walk around the duck-filled lagoon, with The Basilica of St. Josaphat as your backdrop, or get a workout and beautiful perspectives of the parks by climbing one of the numerous hills and looking around.
There are also picnic tables, a playground and interesting public art monuments created in 2009 to honor significant cultural groups that lived/live in the area: Indigenous people, Polish Americans and German Americans. There are totem pole-like sculptures and Native American-inspired chairs.
Every time I visit Kosy I wonder why I don’t stop by more. It’s peaceful, accessible and a great way to take a quick break from city bustle and sneak some serenity for five minutes, 10 minutes or more.
Here are nine photos of Kosciuszko Park:
1. Pelican Cove
3. The ring
6. B-ball, tennis
7. Have a seat
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.