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About Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department

Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department (WPRF) serves a diverse Southeastern Wisconsin community of nearly 72,000 residents, helping to make it a desirable place to live, work and play! Aided by a progressive departmental Strategic Plan and adopted Park and Open Space Plan, the park system has grown to include 49 sites encompassing over 1,125 acres of active parkland and natural resource areas.
Aerial View of River
Facility opportunities abound featuring a recreation center, nature center, community buildings, 2 sports complexes, 2 self-supporting 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 regional trails.

Recreation Program

We offer a comprehensive recreation program of award winning activities and community special events for persons of all ages/abilities.


We are also the community leader in mobilizing and utilizing the talents of over 1,600 (and growing) volunteers annually. The department also plans and cares for an extensive urban forest that totals nearly 30,000 street, park and public property trees. New partnerships and resources (in particular leveraging recreation with education) have been realized to help address budget challenges through the SPARS (Sponsorships, Partnerships and Alternative Revenue Sources) program along with support from our Friends of WPRF and Park Foundation organizations. Ongoing assessments, strategic planning, and use of technology helps us stay connected and "be in rhythm" with our community!

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