Recreation Program Information

The Watertown Park and Recreation Department offers diverse year-round programs dedicated to providing wholesome recreation and park activities as well as facilities and services for you and your family to take part in.  From organized youth and adult sports to fitness classes, sports clinics, camps, dance, enrichment activities, to walking trails, dog parks, skating rinks and playgrounds -- we are here for you to enjoy the natural beauty of our parks, learn a new skill or attend a special event!   We can accomplish this through the provision of high quality services, parks, open spaces, facilities and a variety of programs and special events.

We are always looking for new ways to serve you.  If you have an idea for a new program, questions or concerns about programs or want to let us know how we are doing, contact our office at 920-262-8080, we would love to hear from you!  

Recreation Program Descriptions

 For Printable Registration Applications Click Here

Archery
The Watertown Park & Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Tom Theder Memorial and Watertown Archery Club, offers instruction in archery for boys and girls ages 8 and up.  Equipment is provided by the Watertown Archery Club.
Winter registration begins in December and classes begin in January.
Spring registration begins in February and classes begin in March.


Ballet, Tap and Jazz

These lessons are held in the lower level of the Senior Center.  Fall, Winter and Spring sessions are offered which culminate with a recital in the spring.  Classes are made available to those ages 4 and up.
Fall Registration usually begin in mid-Aug and classes begin in September.
Winter Registration usually begins in mid-November and classes begin at the end of November.
Spring Registration usually begins in mid-January and classes begin at the end of February.


Baseball

Youth Baseball
The department offers local baseball instruction and competition to boys and girls ages 7 through 12.  Two levels of competition are offered at each age group to allow players to pick the program that best suits their ability.  Practices begin early in May. Players will be contacted by their coach for practice upon receiving rosters. The practice sessions are generally 1 hour in length and are held at local parks at times convenient to the coach.  League play begins in late May and runs through July, weather permitting.  Games are planned to be played at Brandt/Quirk Park early evenings on weeknights. 

Divisions are as follows:
5 & 6 yr olds      T-ball
6 & 7 yr olds      Pee Wee
7 & 8 yr olds      Rookie

9 & 10 yr olds    Minor
11 & 12 yr olds  Major

Junior Baseball
This program offers competitive baseball for boys ages 13 through 16.  Watertown is a member of the Tri-city Baseball league, which includes teams from Hartford, Oconomowoc, Beaver Dam, and Jefferson.  The Sandy Koufax Division consists of 13 and 14 year olds.  League play begins in June.

Little Sluggers Baseball
Designed for those reaching 4 and 5 year olds by September 1 of the current school year.  Format will concentrate on instruction of basic skills using instructional equipment. Program will conclude with scrimmage games.  Participants should have baseball glove and hat.

Basketball

5th Grade Basketball
The department sponsors fifth grade basketball leagues for Watertown’s public schools and some parochial schools.  The boys play during November and December and girls play in January and February.  Registration begins at the schools and in our office approximately a month prior to the respective season.


Intramural Basketball
The Park and Recreation Department is working with the High School to offer intramural sports programs for high school students.  These programs are intended to offer recreation and exercise to students who are not involved in the school’s offering this sport.

Little Dunkers Basketball
This instructional program for boys and girls currently enrolled in kindergarten through fourth grade  beginning in November.  Instruction will stress basic skills and fundamentals using scaled down equipment.  Registration usually begins in October.

Men’s League Basketball
Team registration for men’s city league basketball begins in the Park and Rec office in September.  Play begins November, at the middle school gymnasium.  Information on fees and scheduling will be available at the time of registration.

Open Gym Basketball
The department sponsors open basketball for high school players and adults at the high school.  Wednesday evening play begins in October at 7:30 pm.  There is no registration or fees required for this program.
 
Cross Country Ski Trails
The cross-country ski trails are located at Brandt/Quirk Park.  The trails are groomed when adequate snow is accumulated.  A drainage ditch separates the two trails.  The west side trail which is fairly flat and is approximately 1.75 miles in length and can be accessed at the north end of Hiawatha Street.  This side of the trail goes north along the railroad tracks and includes 1 mile of trail in the wooded area at the northwest corner of the park. The east side trail is also approximately 1.75 miles in length and is accessible at the north end of Carriage Hill Drive with parking available at the trail head in the soccer field parking lot.  This trail travels through open fields and onto the wooded High School hill which does provide a couple of good down hill runs.

For Status of Brandt/Quirk Ski Trail Check out our Facebook Page or Call the Office at 920-262-8080.


Ice Skating Rinks/Hockey Rinks
There are several locations set up for ice skating during the winter months.  An ice skating rink is available for the public to use at Brandt/Quirk Park located on Carriage Hill Drive and Silver Creek Pond located on North Water Street.

For Status of Ice Rinks Check out our Facebook Page or Call the Office at 920-262-8080.

Rock River Day Camp
Experience the day camp adventure in your own back yard -- Riverside Park!  This program covers eight weeks of fun.  Some of the excitement includes; field trips, swimming at the Aquatic Center, arts and crafts, sports, drama, music, nature study, intergenerational activities and so much more!  Fun! Fun! Fun all day long!

Disc Golf - Rock River
The department maintains a 21 hole disc golf course in Brandt/Quirk Park.  Click for course map.  Improvements have been made to the Tee Boxes this past year.  The Rock River Disc Golf Club organizes leagues.  Visit their website at www.rockriverdiscclub.com for more information.


Fitness Classes

Yoga
Discover a gentle approach to better health by attending a 7-week course for beginners of all ages.  You'll learn Yoga exercises, breathing, visualization and relaxation techniques and the art of meditation.  Students claim relief from back pain, headaches, stress, arthritis, fiber myalgia and more. 

Fit 4 Life
This class is a mix of everything fitness--cardio, calisthenics, abs, weights, and more!  There will be varied functional movements and a variety of equipment.

Healthy Steps
This theraputic movement fitness class is perfect for those who have chronic medical conditions, such as, cancer, lymphedema, MS, fibromylagia, and other medical conditions.

Senior Fitness
This class has a bit of everything to keep you fit and healthy and keep those "twinges in the hinges" at bay!  Light weight lifting for strength and toning, cardio movements to get that heart pumping and good old-fashioned calisthenics for great muscles.  Don't forget the excellent range of motion and flexibility plus the social benefits of interacting with friends.

Zumba Classes
Zumba combines fitness, fun and frivolity into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation!  Zumba is a blast!  Using Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves--get ready to rock out!  The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body.  Come and join us for a fun way to get fit!

Flag Football
This program will include players in grades 4 through 6.  Games are planned for Monday and Thursday evenings beginning  in September.  Registration  begins in the Park and Rec office in August .  We hope to divide teams according to the schools the players attend. 

Football Camp
This non-contact camp is designed to incorporate the basics of organized football by teaching the fundamentals of formation, numbering system, cadence, stance, passing game development, defensive alignments, etc through the use of chalk talks and drills.  Watertown high school coaches lead this camp offered to those entering grades 7 through 9.

Girls on the Run
This program is a life-changing, non-competitive program for girls in the 3rd grade through 5th grade.  Our mission is "inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident."  Girls on the Run combines training for a community 5K event with healthy living education.  This program instills self-esteem and strong values through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training.  AND it is fun, too!!  Sites are located at the Watertown Public and Parochial Schools.  Program begins mid-March through Mid-May.  See the Girls on the Run website for more information!  Also, check out the Watertown Girls on the Run Facebook Page!  Picture 1, Picture 2, & Picture 3.
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Girls on Track
This program is the middle school version of Girls on the Run.  Girls on Track is a life-changing, non-competitive program for girls in the 6th grade through 8th grade.  Girls on Track continues the combination of training for a 5K running event with activities and experiences which empower girls to honor their bodies, voices, and gifts.  In doing so, the girls will activate their individual power.  Girls on Track follows a curriculum which instills and builds self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training.  AND it's fun, too!  Program begins mid-March through Mid-May.  See the Girls on the Run website for more information!

Hiking Trails
The department and the Watertown Unified School District together provide a four mile trail system for hiking.  The hiking trails are located at Brandt/Quirk Park.  A drainage ditch separates the two trails.  The west side trail which is fairly flat and is approximately 1.75 miles in length and can be accessed at the north end of Hiawatha Street.  This side of the trail goes north along the railroad tracks and includes 1 mile of trail in the wooded area at the northwest corner of the park. The east side trail is also approximately 1.75 miles in length and is accessible at the north end of Carriage Hill Drive with parking available at the trail head in the soccer field parking lot.  This trail travels through open fields and onto the wooded High School hill which does provide a couple of good down hill runs.

Summer Kickball League
This fun, co-recreational league is held at Riverside Park.  The summer season runs May through July.

Fall Kickball League
This fun, co-recreational league is, also, held at Riverside Park.  The fall season runs September through October.

5K Run
A 5k cross country race through the park which includes a t-shirt.  Awards are presented to the top finishers in numerous categories.


Skate Park

Little Kickers Soccer
This program is intended to introduce young players (4 year old kindergarten) to micro-soccer.  Micro-soccer involves smaller sided teams playing on sized down fields in an effort to get players more involved in the action.  This program runs in spring and fall.

Spring Soccer League
Spring season soccer will run from the end of March through May.  Boys and girls age 5 year to 12 years old are eligible.  The micro soccer format using small-sided teams will be used.  Attempts will be made to keep teams together from the fall program.  The registration deadline is beginning of March. 

Summer Soccer

This program is intended to introduce young players, ages 5 - 8 to micro-soccer, which will be integrated into the fall program.  Micro soccer involves smaller sided teams playing on sized down fields in an effort to get all players more involved in the action.

Fall Soccer League
June registration for the fall soccer program is available for boys and girls age 5 year Kindergarten to 8th Grade are eligible.  The season usually runs from September – October.

Soccer Camps
This youth soccer camp is offered to boys and girls ages 8 through 13 at Brandt/Quirk Park.  The Watertown High School coach, will direct the camp designed to offer personalized, individual skill instruction and an understanding of group tactics in an atmosphere of fun and competition.  Sessions are held in July.  Fees are very reasonable and include a t-shirt and soccer ball.

Adult Summer Softball League
There are a variety of slow-pitch softball leagues for men and women at the softball complex in Riverside Park.  Men's leagues play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Women play on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Co-rec leagues will play Tuesdays with both Division A and B leagues offered. Register a team or become a member of one.

Adult Fall Softball League

The department offers separate men’s leagues on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.  The leagues begin play  in September.  Teams generally play double headers each night for five weeks.  Women’s leagues will be offered if enough interest exists.

Girls Fastpitch Softball League
This program is intended to introduce girls (under 10, under 12, under14) to the exciting sport of girl’s fast pitch softball.  This activity is played in most high schools and colleges and is an Olympic sport.  Volunteer coaches strive to develop skills including pitching, catching, fielding, hitting and base running that players need to become a competitive player.  Local teams compete in a traveling league consisting of other area communities.

Youth Tennis
The department has teamed up with USPTA Pro I Professional Instructor Barb Mueller to offer high-level instruction to both children and adults.  All lessons will be held at our new tennis facility in Brandt/Quirk Park.

Adult Summer Volleyball Leagues
The Watertown Volleyball Association organizes leagues for men, women and couples at the outdoor volleyball complex located in Riverside Park.  Teams returning from the previous year will be contacted directly by the WVA. 

Fall/Winter Volleyball League
The department offers fall and winter volleyball leagues for men, women, and mixed teams at a variety of skill levels.  League play begins in October and runs through March.  Women play on Tuesdays; men on Wednesdays and coed leagues on Sundays and Mondays.

Summer Grade School Volleyball
This program consists of a combination of instructional drills and matches.  Sessions will meet on Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm from June through July, at the outdoor courts in Riverside Park.  Pre-registration is required.  T-shirts are included in the cost of registration.

Girls 5th Grade Volleyball
The program involves girls attending local public schools and includes instruction and low-level match play.  Registration will begin when school resumes in fall.  There is no fee.


Wrestling
This instructional program is co-sponsored by the Watertown High School Wrestling Team and coaching staff. Students currently enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. Sessions meet on Tuesday evenings at the high school from November through January.

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