Office for Persons with Disabilities
 

Recreation for People with Disabilities

Rec Programs and Summer Camps: Endless Opportunities to Help You Stay Active

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Wil-O-Way Programming

  • Wil-O-Way Recreation Programs
  • Wil-O-Way Summer Camps
  • Wil-O-Way Key Card
  • Wil-O-Way Disc Golf
  • Sail Away Program
  • Tap the Potential

Milwaukee County sponsors recreational activities designed for people with disabilities at two facilities located in county parks in South Milwaukee and Wauwatosa called the Wil-O-Way Recreation Centers. Recreation programs are offered during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Programming is available to individuals with disabilities ages 16 and up through the Wil-O-Way Recreation Center. Activities are planned for weekdays and weekends, afternoons and evenings, and include exciting offerings such as bowling, ceramics, cooking classes, community outings and Friday night dances! 

Program Guide    Program Registration    Program Calendar

Camp Wil-O-Way is sponsored by Milwaukee County and coordinated and staffed by Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin. The summer day camp program operates at Wil-O-Way Grant and Wil-O-Way Underwood.

Wil-O-Way Summer Day Camp Program provides campers with opportunities for social interaction, self-expression and entertainment. The Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin staff organizes activities of arts and crafts, games, music nature, sports and field trips. This program helps campers maintain basic motor skills, increases recreation skills, encourages maximum use of unstructured time and increases capacities for self-expression. 

Wil-O-Way is a place that welcomes campers who may not have other opportunities to participate in a summer camp experience. The staff strives to adjust the program and process to accommodate each camper's needs. When applying it is very important that the Behavioral and Care Information Sections are answered as accurately and honestly as possible. We look for ways to include rather than exclude and accurate information will help us serve all campers.

Important Note: This camp is not to be considered as a behavior treatment program.

Wil-O-Way Grant Summer Respite Camp

Wil-O-Way Grant  

207 Lake Drive, South Milwaukee, WI 53172

  • Session 1: June 18 - July 6 
  • Session 2: July 9 - July 27 
  • Session 3: July 30 - August 10 (Extended Camp)

 
Adults ages 7-21 with or without a disability

(Transportation included for Milwaukee County residents)

Wil-O-Way Underwood Summer Respite Camp

Wil-O-Way Underwood

10602 Underwood Parkway, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

  • Session 1: June 18 - July 6 
  • Session 2: July 9 - July 27 

 

 

Adults ages 7-21 with or without a disability

(Transportation included for Milwaukee County residents)

 

**Bus times may vary on field trip days**

 

Register for Camp


Contact Information


Rachel Matt, Respite Services Manager: (414) 963-5992

Chelsea McCracken, Recreation Coordinator: (414) 963-5952

Participants must be Key Card members except for the dances and some special activities. An individual Key Card membership costs $25 per calendar year for Milwaukee County residents and $35 for non-Milwaukee County residents and is prorated for people joining in the fall program.

Membership Benefits

  • Access to Wil-O-Way and community based programming
  • Access to Milwaukee County sports ticket distribution program**
  • Invitation to Milwaukee County recreation and culture special events
  • Information about other low- or no-cost community recreation events

Organization Key Card Membership

Agencies whose participants are not individual Key Card members may join as an Organization Member. The cost is $125 per year for Milwaukee County organizations and $175 for non-Milwaukee County organizations and the benefits include access to the Milwaukee County sports ticket distribution program. **

**Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities has a special arrangement with area professional sports teams. The Admirals, Bucks, Brewers and Wave offer free and/or discounted tickets to Key Card members. Tickets are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability.

Apply for the Key Card

Complete the application and email or mail to:

OPD

901 N. 9th St. Room 307B

Milwaukee, WI 53233

Apply for Wil-O-Way Key Card

The Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities presents Wil-O-Way Disc Golf, specifically designed with persons with disabilities in mind. These two, three-hole courses have shorter distances and far less challenging terrain than your traditional disc golf course. These courses are beginner friendly and will help you develop your game. We would like to thank Terry Miller of Lifetime Disc Sports for his inspiration on course design, development of the course and involvement in the community not only with Disc Golf, but also with persons with disabilities as well.  

Wil-O-Way Grant Disc Golf Course

207 Lake Dr. South Milwaukee

Image of Disc Golf HoleThe Grant Course is a great place to learn how to play disc golf, practice your approach shots and work on your short game. This course offers a more challenging terrain, and does NOT have an accessible pathway throughout the course. The Grant Course is located within a beautiful Milwaukee County Park and is open to the public, as long as the facility is not reserved for group outings.

  • Tee boxes are grass pads with patio paver markers
  • Course Length is 418’
  • Price: FREE
  • Bring your own discs

Download the Grant Course Scorecard


Wil-O-Way Underwood Disc Golf Course

10602 Underwood Parkway, Wauwatosa

Image of Disc Golf HoleAll holes were designed to be within 10 feet of an accessible pathway. The site is more wheelchair friendly than the Grant Course. Players have a relatively flat surface of play on all three holes, with small challenges along the way. The Underwood Course is also a great place to learn how to play disc golf, practice your approach shots and work on your short game.This course is located within a beautiful Milwaukee County Park and is open to the public, as long as the facility is not reserved for group outings.

  • Tee boxes are grass pads with patio paver markers
  • Course length is 294’
  • Price: FREE
  • Bring your own discs

Download the Underwood Course Scorecard


Other Milwaukee County Disc Golf Courses

The Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities partners with the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center each year to provide sailing opportunities to indivuals with disabilities and their friends and family members. This is a free opportunity and wouldn't be possible without the countless volunteers and the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. We are truly grateful to be able to provide this opportunity.

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Tap the Potential - Disability Awareness Month

Since 2003 the Office for Persons with Disabilities and other local organizations come together to promote October as Disability Awareness Month. Throughout the month, persons with disabilities get the chance to highlight their abilities through various communitity events. Below is a list of this year's events.

Mitchell International Airport Art Show

Oct. 15 - Nov. 1

Mitchell International Airport

Flyer | Artist Application | Travelers Comments

Artist Reception on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. – Noon

 

Fashion Show

Oct. 26

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wil-O-Way Underwood

 

White Cane Safety Day Flash Mob

Oct. 15

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Milwaukee County Courthouse Clas Park 

Recreational Resources

  • Rec on Deck Newsletter
  • Rec Room Calendar
  • Text Alerts
  • Recreation Program Providers
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Accessible Activities
  • Discounted Ticket Offers

The Rec On Deck Newsletter is a source for upcoming local recreational events highlighting accessible opportunities for persons with disabilities. 

Rec On Deck Newsletter     Rec On Deck Newsletter Sign up

The Rec Room Calendar is a service provided by the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities for residents with disabilities as well as those without. Our goal is to encourage all people to participate in any of the multitude of recreational activities throughout our community but we recognize that individuals sometimes prefer to access events that are designed specifically for their needs and/or are located in accessible locations. We accept information from service organizations and groups who provide recreational opportunities and have appropriate staffing, venues and equipment to accommodate people with disabilities. This Rec Room Calendar is provided by Milwaukee County as a service and for informational purposes only.

Submit Events

To sign up for email or text alerts from the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities, visit: bit.ly/OPDTextAlerts or text RECONDECK to 84483 to receive Rec On Deck alerts from Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee County provides adaptive equipment at various locations at no charge. For more information on adaptive equipment and their locations, follow the links below.

Beach Wheelchairs (Bradford Beach)

Handcycles (Veterans Park)

Paramobile Golf Cart

Ice Sledges (Red Arrow Park)

Ice Sledges  (Wilson Park)

 

 

Fiserv Forum

Fiserv Forum and the Milwaukee Bucks offer discounted tickets for select games, concerts and more based upon ticket availability.

Sign up using the promo code: MCOPD

Bucks TicketPASS Program

Bucks Games (10/19, 10/22, & 10/24)

Marcus Center

Marcus Center offers discounted tickets to select performances based upon ticket availability.

Sign up using the promo code: COUNTYTIX

Marcus Center MC Access

Something Rotten 10/16 - 10/21 | Dracula 10/25 - 10/28 | Grinch 11/20 - 11/25 

Holiday Folk Fair

Due to the generosity of the Folk Fair International, individuals with disabilities will again be given FREE TICKETS to this year’s Holiday Folk Fair International.

To receive your free tickets, please send a self-addressed STAMPED envelope to: Folk Fair Tickets, Office for Persons with Disabilities, Courthouse, 901 N. 9th Street, Room 307-B, Milwaukee WI 53233. 

PLEASE NOTE: individuals with disabilities will be limited to six tickets and groups will be limited to 30 tickets. The Folk Fair runs Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18, 2018. The Folk Fair is again being held at State Fair Park. To find out more about the Folk Fair, visit the website at http://www.folkfair.org 

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY OFFICE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

901 N. 9th Street, Room 307-B
Milwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 278-3932 (voice), (414) 278-3939 (fax), 711 (TRS)

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