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About Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department
"Essential to Community Quality of Life!"
The City of Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department (WPRF) is a national Gold Medal (2011) agency that serves a diverse Southeastern Wisconsin community of nearly 72,000 residents, helping to make Waukesha a very desirable place to live, work and play! Aided by on-going departmental planning efforts (Strategic Plan, adopted Park and Open Space Plan and CAPRA accreditation) the park system has grown to include 49 sites encompassing over 1,125 acres of active parkland and natural resource areas.
We offer a comprehensive recreation program of award winning activities and community special events for persons of all ages/abilities. Facility opportunities abound featuring a recreation center, nature center, community buildings, 2 sports complexes, 2 outdoor aquatic facilities, 24 park shelters, skate park, formal gardens, band shell, amphitheater, dog run, toboggan runs, 48 tennis/pickle-ball courts, and 30 fully accessible playgrounds. In addition, an extensive trail system and popular river walk corridor link with local and regional trails. The department also plans and cares for an extensive urban forest that totals nearly 30,000 street, park and public property trees.
WPRF is a community leader in mobilizing and utilizing the talents of over 2,500 (and growing) volunteers annually. New partnerships and resources (in particular leveraging recreation with education) have been realized through the SPARS (Sponsorships, Partnerships and Alternative Revenue Sources) program along with support from our Friends of WPRF and the Waukesha Park Foundation organizations. Ongoing assessments, strategic planning, and use of technology helps us stay connected and "be in rhythm" with our community!