Looking for a spot to kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy the sounds of the Menomonee River under beautiful shade trees? Visit Hart Park, just south of the Village of Wauwatosa between 68th and 76th street. All year long, especially during the warmer months, you’ll find people walking, running, strolling, boarding and biking and enjoying this oasis in the urban life.
The playground has returned to Hart Park, complete with a splash pad, an area for children under 5 years of age, and a more advanced structure for older children. Designed by local architect, Ed Haydin, the theme of the playground at 70th and State streets is pre-settlement Wauwatosa with tributes to the Menonomee River, Native Americans and the Schoonmaker Reef.
Also in Hart Park you’ll find volleyball and tennis courts available for use, and a full-sized softball diamond often busy with local league play, or just pick-up games. A paved biking, roller blading and hiking trail winds through the park, as part of the Wisconsin-wide Oak Leaf Trail.
There are often public events taking place in the football stadium, and the Muellner Building and the Senior Community Center at Hart Park bustles daily with programs and events. Learn more about these events through the City of Wauwatosa Web site.
The pavilion hosts Tosa Tonight, a free summer concert series. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, a candle, and of course, family and friends, and return to the “lazy” days of summer, when life was so simple and the cool evening breeze welcomed each twilight. Purchase ice-cold beverages, a delicious variety of food and indulge in some fresh ice cream and other treats, all topped off with fantastic music. Visit TosaTonight.com for a schedule and additional details.
Hart Park connects to other pearls of Milwaukee County Parks via the Oak Leaf bike trail. Jacobus Park is located just east along the Honey Creek Parkway, and Hoyt Park can be found northwest of the Village along the Menomonee River Parkway.
Hoyt Park has approximately 2.5 miles of marked mountain bike trails, as well as hiking trails and a section of the Oak Leaf Trail. The park also has a playground and picnic area available to the public.
Nestled among the mature oak trees of the 32-acre Hoyt Park is the new, state-of-the-art Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park. Opened in 2011, the TOSA Pool features heated water, zero-depth entry, eight lap lanes for competitive swimming and a giant slide. The TOSA Pool was built and is managed by the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, a grassroots non-profit organization with a 55-year lease with Milwaukee County. Just minutes from the Wauwatosa Village, the historic bathhouse has been restored and is available all year for parties, meetings and family gatherings. Memberships, admission prices, pool hours and additional information can be found on at Friends of Hoyt Park.