From All of us at the WAWM RCS Department

Friendly Reminder

Friendly reminder that at this time, all visitors and participants coming to the WAWM RCS Recreation Center and programs need to wear a mask.  

Spring 2021 Activity Guide and Registration

It's almost spring and we have been working hard at planning our upcoming programs and activities! Although we had originally planned to print our Spring Activity Guide, we have decided to create an online guide only for the spring season with the plan to start printing and mailing the Summer Activity Guide out in early April! Make sure to note these important dates for spring registration:

  • Monday, February 22: Activity Guide available online
  • Monday, March 1 - 8am: Resident registration opens
  • Monday, March 8 - 8am: Non-resident registration opens
Welcome Beau Benner!

Please welcome the newest WAWM RCS Program Manager for Aquatics, Adaptive, and 55+ programs, Beau Benner! He previously worked for Metro Parks in Tacoma, WA overseeing programs for people with disabilities. Before that, he worked at the Madison School and Community Recreation as a Site Director for Adaptive Recreation. In his free time, Beau really enjoys traveling, being active, and watching sports. 

Welcome to the team, Beau!

WPRA Silver Star Award

The WPRA Silver Star Award is recognition given to outstanding programs, events, or marketing efforts in the areas of recreation or aquatics. Winners of the WPRA Silver Star Awards are selected each year by a distinguished panel of recreation professionals who have expertise in the field of recreation service delivery. Entries are judged based on five criteria that are essential to having a successful recreation program: goals and objectives, participation, operational efficiency, creativity and innovation, and marketing.

The WAWM RCS is the proud past year winners of:
  • 2018 -  Adult/Older Adult Programming - Mystery Trips 
  • 2018 - Special Events - Mother/Daughter Tea Party

And this just in, your WAWM RCS Department is the proud recipient of:


The 2020 WPRA Silver Award in:

  • Youth Programming for "Operation Recreation" 

Staff Shout Out

Congratulations to the Operation Recreation team members for earning a 2020 WPRA Silver Star Award in Youth Programming.  Each team member's enthusiasm, leadership, and passion to serve the children in our community shined and Operation Recreation would not have been as successful without each and everyone involved. 

You are all rock stars! 

Where is Rex?
Rex is in Dorow Hall, our large MultiPurpose Room (MPR), anxiously waiting to welcome students to our new "Distance Learning Camp."  Dorow Hall will be the home base for camp and the space where students will continue to engage in virtual learning, eat lunch, and spend their day with our AWESOME staff!  "Why is it called Dorow Hall?" you ask.  The room is named after former Recreation Department Director Ernie Dorow.  Ernie served as the director from 1971 - 1978.  The softball field that was on our property prior to construction was formerly named in honor of Ernie.  Ernie believed that no child should be excluded from a recreation opportunity because their family was unable to pay.  We proudly continue to share that belief today in our department and have our "Champion for a Child" scholarship fund to help support those efforts.  Ernie took great personal and professional satisfaction in seeing participants smile during programs.  It seems only fitting that Distance Learning Camp will take place in a space in his honor.  

Walking Track
Do you love to walk or jog and it is getting too cold and dark outside, come enjoy the WAWM RCS DEPT. INDOOR WALKING TRACK!!!!
We hope to see you soon!!!!

Youth Enrichment

Congratulations to our recent American Red Cross Babysitting Graduates!  They are very excited for their new journey in Babysitting and can't wait to take on this responsibility.  If your child missed out on the latest session, we have two new sessions starting in February.  This is a great course for participants who have younger siblings or for those looking to build confidence and skills to be the best babysitter they can be.

Adult & Youth Enrichment

Don't feel like leaving the house because of the snow?  Studio 25 Art Creations based out of Illinois, is excited to host virtual paint classes for adults and children during these winter months.  Participants will be sent a supply list that they will be in charge of purchasing on their own OR if you're on a budget, markers and paper can do the trick too!  A Zoom link will be sent at least 1 business day prior to the class.  Who's excited to create these beautiful winter masterpieces with us?

Adult Enrichment

Need a little help in the kitchen?  Staci Joers Cooking Classes are packed with cooking tips and tricks while she prepares the tasting menu for the evening.  Come to enjoy the food and come back for the next class because she's entertaining and helpful and honestly a really great cook!

Avoid the winter blues with help from essential oils.  Ann Marr is back and is ready to share with you the many benefits of essential oils and how they can better your overall health.  In class we will make a roller of essential oils that you can take home with you. 

Open Gym

Pickleball and Badminton continue to grow in popularity each year. We provide day and night options for all skill levels to attend open play sessions. Evening adult open Pickleball & Badminton takes place at Lane Intermediate on Monday nights from 7:00-9:30 pm. Morning/Afternoon Pickleball is available at the Recreation Department on Mondays & Fridays from 9:00-11:00 am and then another session from 11:00-1 pm. Afternoon Badminton is available at the Recreation Department on Fridays from 1:00-3:00 pm. All of our Open Gym offerings are cash only and may be restricted if gym capacity is reached. For more information, please click here.

2450 South 68th Street, West Allis WI  53219 
(414) 604-4900