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Quality recreation is a significant feature in Wauwatosa, which is dedicated to providing an enhanced standard of life for its residents, both young and old. The city and its surrounding area are overflowing with great recreation areas thanks to the well-maintained parks and local recreation organizations.

Area parks feature ample spaces and equipment ideal for both active and passive recreational use. Within Wauwatosa, park-goers discover everything from athletic fields, tennis courts and playgrounds to picnic spots and plenty of green space. Lake Michigan, with its miles of beaches and lovely marinas, is only 10 miles away.


The area’s local swimming hole came to life again with the grand opening of the new TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park the summer of 2011. The life of the park continues its evolution from the earth-bottomed swimming hole of the turn-of-the-century to the pool built in 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and culminating in a state-of-the-art community pool with zero-depth entry, a water slide and lap lanes for competitive swimming. The TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park is once again the place to be on hot summer days. More than 87,000 visitors enjoyed the pool in its opening season, swimming in the heated water, taking swimming lessons and snacking on 6,700 ice cream cones! The Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, the nonprofit organization that funded, built and operates the pool, welcomes you to another great summer at the TOSA Pool. Learn more about the way summer should be at

Each August, Wauwatosa’s award-winning National Night Out program brings together thousands of residents for an evening of education and entertainment centered on crime prevention and safety education. Wauwatosa’s Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee works with the Wauwatosa Police Department and local businesses to hold the event in Hart Park, where families enjoy food, live music and children’s activities. At dusk, the Flashlight Walk begins, winding through Hart Park, the Menomonee River Parkway and the Tosa Village. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks display at Hart Park.

The Wauwatosa School District oversees the local Recreation Department. Every season is brimming with exceptional recreation programs for people of all ages. Sports programs, enrichment classes, aquatics, summer camps, fitness courses and senior activities are among the many choices residents have when it comes to enrolling in programs sponsored by the Wauwatosa Recreation Department.

The West Suburban YMCA has been an integral part of Wauwatosa for more than 30 years, providing a well-equipped facility and a long list of programs for children, teens, adults and seniors. Among the many ways Y members stay active are by participating in various summer or day camps, group fitness classes, sports programs, preschool classes and more. The West Suburban Y also administers the Hart Park Senior Center, which provides an endless array of events and activities for seniors.

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