Within Bay View’s borders is South Shore Park, part of the Milwaukee County Park System. South Shore Park features the Oak Leaf Trail, a softball diamond, horseshoe and volleyball courts, and a pavilion overlooking the swimming beach and the marina at the South Shore Yacht Club. Humboldt Park, one of the first parks in the city, opened in 1891 and features fishing, softball, tennis, a band shell, and ice skating and hockey on the lagoons during Winter. Humboldt Park also hosts a music series in the summer called Chill on the Hill on Tuesday nights. The Beulah Brinton Community Center offers a variety of youth, adult, and senior activities including volleyball, aerobics, Yoga, Toddler play groups, and senior lunch programs.
Bay View has a history of local art, which has blossomed with what many consider a renaissance of the community. Many bars and venues host a rotating display of locally produced art and several galleries have cropped up along the Kinnickinnic Avenue, which runs through the area. Bay View has long been a destination for popular musical acts both local and from around the country. Venues such as The Alchemist Theatre feature a variety of live, stage performances as well as a rotating selection of paintings and photography.
Bay View’s early days as a village helped create a degree of self-sufficiency for residents of today. The main thoroughfares of Kinnickinnic Avenue, Howell and Oklahoma, among others, are dotted with shops and restaurants, and other entertainment venues — in fact, over the past decade, the small, independent character of these main streets have attracted a number of young entrepreneurs to the neighborhood, who in turn have opened a number of unique businesses. As a result, Bay View could easily be considered one of the most fashionable neighborhoods in Milwaukee.
Median Age: 38.2
Median Household Income: $42,954
Average Home Price: $129,415
Parameters: Bay View is roughly bordered by Lake Michigan to the east, Morgan and Oklahoma to the south, I-94 and 1st Street to the west, and Jones Island to the north.