Friends of Hart Park Foundation, Inc.
(Hart Park is the only park owned by the City of Wauwatosa.)
•To raise funds for the restoration and enhancement of Hart Park and its facilities.
•To promote through citizen stewardship the preservation and enjoyment of Hart Park
•To sponsor educational, recreational, and cultural events in Hart Park
History of the Evolution of Friends of Hart Park Foundation, Inc.
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is a first-tier suburb of Milwaukee with approximately 47,000 residents. Residents choose to live in Wauwatosa because of its well maintained and diverse housing stock, stable and safe neighborhoods, quality schools, proximity to Milwaukee’s cultural and social amenities, and parkland. The quality of life for Wauwatosa residents has been enhanced for many decades by the availability of recreational activities for its residents in the heart of its community at Hart Park, including activities such as football, baseball, tennis and curling.
Hart Park is City of Wauwatosa parkland. Hart Park is located in the floodplain of the Menomonee River. In 2007, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District completed a major flood control project, which enlarged Hart Park from 20.34 acres to 53.16 acres. The City of Wauwatosa commissioned a design plan for the expanded Park. Cost estimates vary according to design elements included, from $8.5-$9.9 million dollars. Design elements of the expanded Park were included that reflect input from the public received during public forums. To date, the City of Wauwatosa has committed to fund up to $3 million dollars for Hart Park Platform costs (Res. R-07-81,) such as electrical lines for lighting in the Park. Wauwatosa residents decided to form a non-profit, non-political “friends” group to raise funds for Park improvements beyond the City commitment from private individuals, foundations, and corporations.
The Friends of Hart Park Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation with nine (9) Board of Directors (listed in the Contact Us section). The Board has monthly meetings at the WaterStone Bank in the Village of Wauwatosa. The Board is anxious to welcome volunteers to participate on the FHPF Committees. The Board of Directors is looking forward to your tax deductible donations... by using the Federal Identification Number 20-8261802.
Fundraising: FHPF, Inc. plans to solicit individuals, foundations, corporations, and partnerships for monetary donations to be used to purchase and maintain enhancements to Hart Park including playgrounds, athletic fields, benches, picnic shelters and additional landscaping. This activity will be coordinated by a Fundraising Committee.
The Board of Directors of the Friends of Hart Park Foundation extends a heartfelt Thank You to the Volunteers who have worked with Mr. Jim Price, Chairman of the Weed-Outs, on the four (4) Weed-outs during the past two (2) years. The results are visible to each and every visitor to Hart Park. The Menomonee River is alive and visible with jumping salmon and other beautiful species.
Additional Volunteers will be needed as we...
• replant native stream bank vegetation
• plant the Rain Garden and other gardens
• have nature hikes
• have additional Weed-outs
• conduct Menomonee River/Honey Creek clean-ups