There’s no place like Wauwatosa in the summer. Wauwatosa explodes with things to do outside in the warm weather. I find simple pleasures in dining outside, biking the Oak Leaf Trail, listening to a summer concert, and reconnecting with my neighbors during an evening walk.

When my grandkids visit from Colorado this summer, I’ll take them to skateboard at the Tosa Skatepark, swim at Tosa Pool at Hoyt Park, eat ice cream and yogurt and catch fireflies.mayor-wellness-walk-2-002

You might just see me taking in a Tosa Tonight concert, buying fresh produce at one of our two Farmer’s Markets, listening to bagpipes at the Scottish Highland Games, touring historic buildings during Windows into Wauwatosa (including the Police Station for its 100th birthday party), cheering on the bikers at the Tosa Grand Prix, visiting a Secret Garden, browsing at the Firefly Art Fair and of course, taking in the music and food of Hartfest, Tosafest and Chilin’ on the Avenue.

Whether you’re searching for the simple things summer life offers or a swinging festival, it’s all here in your backyard. As you enjoy the parks, trails and recreation spaces, do a little dreaming of what could be. The City is seeking your opinion on three different topics: the future of parks and recreational spaces; the future of land use and development in the Quadrant (Watertown Plank Road and Hwy 41/45 Interchange) area, including public transit; and, how the City communicates with you about programs and services. You can be part of shaping Tosa’s future by sharing your thoughts and ideas. All three surveys are online at the City’s website: www.

While summer is playtime, it’s also construction season; so please be careful walking, biking and driving. We’re replacing very old water and sewer infrastructure in the heart of The Village and by Thanksgiving we will have created a beautiful new pedestrian plaza. I encourage you to enjoy the warm weather by walking or biking to The Village to shop, dine and play while construction is happening on State Street. Make extra effort to support The Village businesses.

If you don’t find your fun in Tosa this summer, you’re not looking very hard. It’s right out your back door. Enjoy all that Tosa has to offer, get active and be safe.

Mayor Kathy Ehley