Beach at South Park

The beach at South Park is “closed” for the 2019 season as of 6 pm, August 27, 2019.

This means there are no lifeguards on duty, no docks in the water and the beach house is closed. You may swim at your own risk.

The parks are open from 7 am to 10 pm daily from May through September.

Thank you!

It’s HERE!

Waupaca Parks and Recreation

2019 Spring and Summer Activity Guide

Our new guide is available at local banks, town halls, city hall, the library and other area businesses around the community. The guides are already distributed to the schools, (check the backpacks…), the Waupaca Recreation building and online at our website. 

Registration for all spring and summer activities are available online March 4th at

Rent a Park Shelter for 2019!

Reserve a Shelter for 2019 online or in person!

**All fees are due at the time of the reservation. For more information click here **

*An ActiveNet account is required for all rentals. If you do not have one, please create an account at by clicking on the link:


Resident Fee

(City of Waupaca residents only)

Non-Resident Fee

(All Waupaca townships and other towns or cities)

 Kitchen Fee Beer Permit Refundable Deposit Fee
Brainard’s Bridge $60 $80 N/A $10 $80
Riverside $60 $80 N/A $10 $80
Rotary Riverview $50 $70 N/A $10 $80
South Park -upper $60 $80 $20 $10 $80
South Park -lower $60 $80 N/A $10 $80

*Park shelter rentals are only allowed in the current year. Rentals for 2020 will not be available until the first business day in January, 2020 in person at the Waupaca Recreation Center office.

Walleyes for Kids Scholarship

If youth program costs are prohibiting your child from participating in Waupaca Recreation youth programs. 

Upon approval, the scholarship fee is available to cover the program’s resident fee for youth living in Waupaca.

Current resident areas cover those youth living in the City of Waupaca, Township of Dayton, Township of Farmington and Township of Waupaca

Non-resident areas are youth living outside of these areas.  (Example: Township of Lind, Township of Lanark, etc.)

Complete the form below and email or print it and mail or drop off at the Rec office at:

City of Waupaca- Parks and Recreation  |  407 School St.  | Waupaca, WI  54981

Click HERE to view available programs in Active Net

Senior Center Accreditation

The City of Waupaca Senior Center Coordinator Sara Reybrock and our supportive Senior Center Advisory Board Members at our accreditation ceremony in Sturgeon Bay.

The accreditation process reviews 9 areas of management to ensure the program is operating at the highest of standards. This assessment is completed by a board of Senior Center Professionals involved with the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers. 

Congratulations to Sara and her staff for obtaining accreditation through 2021!

Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan


City of Waupaca Parks and Recreation Staff would like to thank the community of Waupaca for assisting us through our 5 Year Strategic Plan. Staff has received great input on opportunities with programming, partnerships, stewardship and much more. This plan outlines what our participants from 24 community groups would most like to see preserved, changed and created within our department and community. We encourage all community members to look through the plan and contact us with any questions you may have.

The Parks and Recreation Department could not have completed this process without UW – Extension Staff’s assistance, specifically Connie Abert and Mike Koles. Thank you for your continued work to help better the community! We would also like to thank all Park and Recreation Board members as well as City Council for your time and support throughout the process. Thank you Waupaca!!!

 Aaron Jenson

Parks and Recreation Director

For more information click on the link below!

Parks & Recreation Strategic Plan