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Park Rec Opportunities

February 2016

Winter Fun

The Coulee Region truly is an amazing place to call home. If you are sitting at home bored, you may just not be looking hard enough for something fun to do. We challenge you to get out and try one of the awesome activities listed below. Just because it's cold, doesn't mean we can't have fun!

Snowshoeing, Sledding, Skiing and Snowboarding, Hiking, Cross Country Skiing & Fat Tire Biking

2016 Projects

2016 is planned to be a very progressive year for the Park and Recreation Department. We have a number of projects that are scheduled to take place over the next year. The following are a few of the projects and short description of what we are planning:


  • CORP Update – The City completed a Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan in 2010. This plan in critical for the future park planning along with meeting the needs of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources which is a potential funding source on various projects. In 2016 we are updating this plan so stay tuned for future public input sessions on the plan.
  • Van Riper Park Playground – The playground located next to the Omni Center is heavily used and the current structure has reached the end of its time. Plans are currently under way to remove the old equipment and replace it with a new structure.
  • Great River Landing – after many years of discussion plans are in place to start work at the Great River Landing. This area will definitely add a new destination within the City of Onalaska.
  • Omni Center Roof Repair – the iconic blue roof at the Omni Center will see a face lift this summer. With the considerable amount of leaks on the lower portion of the roof, plans are in place to overlay the lower portion of the Omni Center roof.
  • Pickleball Courts – with the emergence of the sport of Pickleball, the City is planning to make changes to the Thomas Farm Park by removing its tennis courts and replacing them with Pickleball Courts. If you are unsure what Pickleball is, I would challenge you to research it or go out and try it.

If you have any questions on any of these projects or would like more information please give us a call at 608-781-9560.

Where is Mark?

The Where is Mark photo from January was an absolutely wonderful picture of the Great River Landing. Can you guess where February's photo came from? If you can, why not head out and enjoy the view! Don't forget to send us a photo of you or your group enjoying the view so we can post it in our March edition of the Qwik Pro.

Player or Coach of the Month

If you see a youth player or a youth coach do something good during the course of a game, practice or even away from the playing area, please let us know about it and nominate him/her for “Player” or “Coach” of the month. We know a lot of good things happen during our programs and would like to highlight some of them. Send nomination to Kraig Koelbl, kkoelbl@cityofonalaska.com

Upcoming Programs & Special Events

Programs & Deadlines

Spring Soccer Season is Coming!!!

We are now taking registration throughout February for the upcoming youth spring Soccer season. There are various levels of programs or teams for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade.

More information can be found on the city website: www.cityofonalaska.com in the “Park and Recreation” section, then “Youth Sports”

Registration can be done in the park and recreation office in City Hall (Mon. – Fri.) or by going online to: https://apm.activecommunities.com/onalaskaparkrec/Home


Registration deadline:

5th – 8th grade levels is Friday, February 19th

1st – 4th grade levels is Wednesday, February 24th

Kindergarten program is March 18th



Intro to Archery

This class includes 4 weeks of instruction and shoot with rental equipment

Session 5- 2/16, 2/23, 3/1 & 3/8 from 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: La Crosse Archery Ages: 8-16 Fee: $35.00

Deadline: February 12th, 2016



Private Personal Training

These training sessions offer all-around holistic athletic training emphasizing dynamic Olympic lifts, core functional strength exercises, and a complete focus on linear speed, power, flexibility, agility, and strength. Programs can also be individualized based off of the client’s preferred sport or weaknesses. Capabilities for video feedback and side by side comparisons help the athlete see which areas need improvement.


Instructor: Aaron Matuszeski, CSCS Ages: All Welcome


Three Sessions Fee: $50 Program #:2015.455
Six Sessions Fee: $89 Program #:2015.456
Nine Sessions Fee: $122 Program #:2015.457

Special Events

February Open Skates
11:00am-3:00pm on February 19th, 22nd & 23rd
5:00pm-8:00pm on February 14th, 21st & 28th
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Now Accepting Applications

Onalaska Aquatic Center

The search for summer help has began at the Onalaska Aquatic Center. Applications can be completed at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/onalaskawi/default.cfm . This application will remain open until either all opening have be filled or Friday, May 20th 2016.

About Us

The City of Onalaska Park & Recreation Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Onalaska through promotional development, maintenance of public recreation through enrichment opportunities, park lands, related facilities and the preservation of natural areas.