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Community Centers

Community Center

Every year, one out of every five Milwaukeeans uses our community centers. Join them in finding out how you can Experience Life with Milwaukee Recreation. Our locations are unique. We utilize public school facilities to provide community services.


Milwaukee Recreation maintains more than 20 fieldhouses across the city of Milwaukee. This page provides a full list with addresses and telephone numbers.

Organization for Active Seniors in Society (OASIS)

Active older woman engaged in wellness exercise

Nestled on the near south side of Milwaukee is one of the best kept secrets, an OASIS exclusive for older adults. The former 55+ Senior Center has been transformed into an older adult community center offering a variety of programs and activities for individuals over the age of fifty. Seniors come from both near and far to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and exciting new updates.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor educational opportunities

Let Milwaukee Recreation be an extension of your classroom curriculum by taking advantage of all of the wonderful field trip locations available to you.


Summer playgrounds

Milwaukee Recreation’s summer playgrounds provide the perfect break from your daily routine! This summer, your children will enjoy kickball, dodgeball, box hockey, champ bowling, basketball, arts & crafts, contests, field trips, and more! Best of all, it’s FREE! Check out the playground listings.

Ropes and Challenge Course

Potter's Forest signage

Potter's Forest is our primary site and home to our high ropes course. The course is located on 50.55 acres of land south of Milwaukee, in Hales Corners Wisconsin, and has been designated as a school without walls by the Milwaukee School Board -- as it serves thousands of students and staff members each year.

Survive Alive House

The Survive Alive House is a cooperative effort between Milwaukee Fire Department and Milwaukee Recreation. At Survive Alive House, children in second and fifth grades learn fire safety and fire exit skills.

Wading Pools

Columbia Playground Cool Spot

Cool Spots are sprinklers on the playground connected to fire hydrants. On days when the temperature is predicted to be 85 ̊ and above, or when the city of Milwaukee calls a heat advisory day, all Cool Spots will be open. For those hot summer days, you can also keep cool at a wading pool. Cool Spots and Wading Pools open June 19.

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