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Both the city of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee County maintain exceptional park systems in the area, which provide residents ample opportunities to enjoy the urban outdoors.

The city of Wauwatosa’s Parks and Forestry Division oversees Webster and Hart Parks and several facilities in town, while also investing in the maintenance of public park benches and approximately 38,000 square feet of boulevard flowerbeds adorning the streets of the community. Recently renovated Hart Park, abutting picturesque Tosa Village, is the community’s gathering place, home of the Hart Park Senior Center and serving as a great place for band concerts, fireworks, sports and outdoor recreation.


Hart Park, along the Menomonee River, is in the midst of a major restoration and expansion project. After the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District completed a flood control project in 2007, Hart Park was expanded from 20 acres to 53 acres. The city immediately implemented a new design for the enlarged park. Residents have already seen the completion of a dozen lighted tennis courts, a softball diamond, sand volleyball and bocce ball courts, a playground, picnic shelter and the state-of-the-art Rotary Performance Stage. In early 2010, a brand new multi-use athletic field and track, with bleacher seating capable of accommodating 4,900 spectators, was completed. The entire complex features synthetic track and turf. Installation of an extensive children’s play area that complements the park began in 2011.

Milwaukee County’s award-winning park system

Several other parks in Wauwatosa are a part of Milwaukee County’s award-winning park system, including Currie Park, Hansen Park, Madison Park and Jacobus Park. Both Currie Park and Hansen Park offer golf facilities in Wauwatosa, which draw golfers of all skill levels. The newest addition to the system is a park that was developed after neighborhood residents worked together to preserve a 16-acre parcel along the Menomonee River Parkway. The parcel, straddling both Wauwatosa and Milwaukee on the site of a former limestone quarry, had reached capacity as a city of Milwaukee landfill. The result of that community action is Hartung Park, an environmentally conscious neighborhood park that incorporates environmental education, a children’s playground and outdoor recreation space.

Running throughout the Tosa park system is the Oak Leaf Trail – a 100-plus-mile multi-use trail popular among bicyclists, runners, walkers and rollerbladers. The scenic urban trail encircles the Milwaukee County area and offers off-road paved trails, park drives and municipal thoroughfares.

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