Goals of the Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Senior Programs

  • To provide positive events that allows older adults to interact with other community members and build friendships making the community stronger, healthier and more supportive.
  • Implement activities that are pleasurable and improve health and well being.
  • Create opportunities for socialization on an ongoing basis.
  • Host activities that stimulate seniors intellectually.
  • Provide an opportunity that allows seniors to reminisce.
  • Develop a variety of activities to allow attendees to participate at many different levels (whether it is listening, talking, playing or watching).
  • To provide some opportunities to seniors free of charge.

Resident policy on programs
A resident is any person who resides within the city limits of Waukesha. Non-residents must pay an additional surcharge established by the Parks, Recreation and Forestry board.

Senior Newsletters - published monthly - are available for $8.00 per year to residents ($12.00 for non-residents) to help cover mailing costs. Copies are also taken to these following sites: Schuetze Recreation Center, WPRF Office, Carroll University, Waukesha County Library,  Chamber of Commerce, La Casa de Esperanza, Waukesha Memorial Hospital (Dialysis & Lab), The Birkshire at Sunset, Waukesha Business Alliance, Eble Ice Skate Arena, Waukesha County ADRC, Avalon Square, Willow Grove, Rivers Edge, Saratoga Heights, Mountain Village, East Terrace, Senior Housing (Pleasant St.), Waukesha Memorial Hospital  (Lab and Dialysis Center), Rehabilitation Hospital.

Programs offered at no charge to seniors

Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure checks will be offered through the Virginia Health & Rehabilitation Center on the second Monday of each month from January - May.

Senior Fun and Games Program
"Special Event" scheduled once a month from September through May offers a great afternoon of entertainment for seniors 55 years and better. Some of the activities include: musical entertainment, group games, bingo (always played for a portion of the event) and seasonal activities.

Place: Schuetze Recreation Center, Riverview Rm.
Dates: 2nd Mondays, September-May
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Bunco is a fast pace dice game. In this program everyone is welcome - no experience necessary.

Place: Schuetze Recreation Center, Riverview Rm.
Dates: 4th Mondays, Every month except May and December
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Open Cards
Primarily sheepshead played but other games are welcome. If possible participants are asked to bring
a partner.

Place: Schuetze Recreation Center, Riverview Rm.
Dates: Monday Evenings
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Brown Bag Conversations
This is an opportunity to learn more about your community with informal, interactive discussions with local officials, business leaders and organization directors in a relaxed environment. Participants bring their lunch, thoughts, questions and ideas.

Place: Rotary Building
Date: 3rd Wednesdays Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb. & March
Time: Noon - 1:00 pm

Schuetze Recreation Center - Gym Open Walking Schedule
Place: Schuetze Recreation Center, Gym
Dates: Monday - Friday
Time: 7:45 - 8:30 am

Programs Offered at Reasonable Rates (advertised in our activity guide)
Seniors are welcome and encouraged to participate in adult and senior programs. Program areas:

  •   Aquasize and Open Swim programs
  •   Fitness classes (Cardio Blast, Cardio Dance, Movers and Shakers, Yoga, Zumba Gold,
      Frame Fitness and Tai Chi programs)
  •   Golden Agers -  A Card & Game Playing Social Club
  •   Art Programs (Painting, etc.)
  •   Bridge (Many different levels and types)
  •   Knitting and Needlework
  •   Golf Lessons
  •   Tennis Lessons
  •   Bocce Ball and Pickle Ball
  •   Enrichment Classes such as: Old Family Photos and the Digital Age, You and Your Digital Camera,
      I Pod Basics, I have an APP for That, American Mah Jongg Class, American Mah Jongg Meet Ups, 
      Order in the Court Series which includes: Power of Attorney for Health Care - What You Need to
      Know about Advance Directives, Power of Attorney for Finance - Estate Planning (Trusts, wills,
      Pay or Transfer on Death Designations, Joint Tenancies, and more).

Senior Trips
One to three trips per month are coordinated by the Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department. Information on Senior trip opportunities can be obtained through the "Seniors on the Go" newsletter or by contacting the WPRF office.

City of Waukesha residents and non-residents pay the same fee at this time.

Community Service - Helping Hands
Donate your time by getting involved in volunteer opportunities that will make a difference in your community. Projects are completed in a social environment.

Place: Schuetze Recreation Center, Riverview Rm.
2nd and 4th Friday of the month (Varied in Nov/Dec due to holidays)
Noon - 2:00 pm

+RSVP - "Cool School"
Senior volunteers are needed to play a positive role in the lives of children in our community. Seniors would be asked to listen to children read, assist with homework, play passive games or create crafts with the children.
All volunteers would be subject to a background check.

Place:  Hawthorne, Prairie, Banting, Bethesda and Heyer Elementary Schools
Dates: M, Tu, W, Th, F (*All commitment levels welcome)
Time: 4:00-5:00pm*

Enrichment Classes - Community Offerings
The WPRF Dept. is always looking for volunteer instructors for Childrens, Adults and Senior Classes ranging from a one day to several week opportunity.  Enrichment classes include: Learning a New Language, Art, Cooking, Music and more.

Place:  Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St.
Dates: All days and dates will be considered
Time:  Times will be set based on availability

Senior Advisory Board
The Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is fortunate to have a Senior Advisory Board to help make recommendations to staff about policies, programs and goal development, review and evaluate day to day functions, and act as a sounding board and brainstorming group regarding programs for people 55 years of age and older.

The Parks, Recreation and Forestry board appoints this seven-member board.

  • Minimum of three members over 60 years of age
  • Minimum of two men and two women
  • Appointed by the Park and Recreation Board


  • Serve two-year term (maximum of two consecutive terms)
  • Appointed in September

Independent Living - RAM Program
Repair and maintenance financial assistance provided for adults 60 years of age and older and disabled homeowners. This program is designed for smaller home projects ($1,000.00 or less). Participants must meet specific guidelines and reside in the City of Waukesha.

For more information contact the Waukesha Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at (262) 524-3737 between 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

AARP Smart Driver Course
The all new AARP Smart Driver course teaches valuable defensive driving skills and provides a refresher of the rules of the road. Since 1979, the course has helped over 14 million drivers learn proven safety strategies and tips for how to adapt one's driving to compensate for physical and cognitive changes that may come with aging. Plus, you may qualify for an automobile insurance discount by completing the course (participants should check with their auto insurance agent for details).

Place: WPRF, Kathryn Muehl Meeting Room
Date: Offered in the Fall and Winter
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fee: $15 AARP Members/$20 Non-AARP Members

Benefit Specialist
We are pleased to announce Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center will provide services at the Schuetze Recreation Center. A Benefit Specialist is a person trained to help older adults who are having a problem with their private or government benefits, by cutting through the "red tape" of the various federal, state and county systems. They help older adults figure out what benefits they are entitled to and let them know what they must do to receive them and work with numerous other senior issues. Bring along your questions and concerns.

Place: Schuetze Recreation Center
Dates: Once a month, Dates Vary
Time: Vary
Fee: No Charge
By appointment only

Park Projects (See Volunteer page for more information)
Adopt a Park/Trail Program (See Volunteer page for more information)

Marketing Publications
Activity Guide - Distributed 3 times a year (April, September and December) to all City of Waukesha Residents. Copies available at the following sites:

Schuetze Building
WPRF (1900 Aviation Dr. Office)
Carroll University - Van Male Building
Waukesha County Library
City of Waukesha City Hall