The wooded acres of Hoyt Park have historically served residents as the site of the “local swimming hole.” More than 100 years ago, people sought out the banks of the expansive Menomonee River. In the 1920s and 1930s, the community swam in the earth-bottom swimming hole filled each summer by the local fire department.
In 1937, Hoyt Park was entrusted to Milwaukee County and the Civilian Conservation Corps were engaged to help build the pool, which opened in 1939 and closed in 2003 due to severe structural problems.
Who We Are
The TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park is an outdoor community pool located in Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa. Featuring zero-depth entry, competitive lap lanes, shaded areas and a giant slide, the TOSA Pool provides summertime fun for all ages. Complementing the new pool is the restored 1930s bathhouse, which is available to rent year-round.
The TOSA Pool is operated by the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, a nonprofit group that raised money to build the pool. FOHPP has a 55-year lease with Milwaukee County to operate the pool and does not receive taxpayer support for pool operations. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all members of the community by developing, maintaining, and operating a community pool at Hoyt Park.
The TOSA POOL at Hoyt Park opened to the public May 28, 2011 and is named in honor of the project’s lead donor: The TOSA Foundation.
Since the pool opened in May 2011, the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool and the TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park have received a number of awards recognizing the outstanding design of the pool, the preservation of the historic bathhouse and the positive impact the TOSA Pool is having on our community. These awards include:
- 2012 Wauwatosa Patch Readers' Choice Winner: Parks & Gardens, Pools
- 2012 City of Wauwatosa Historic Preservation Commission’s annual PoP (preservation of properties) Award
- 2012 Park People Friends Group of the Year
- 2012 Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce Civic Appreciation Award
- 2011 Milwaukee Magazine Best “Born Again”
- 2011 CNI Newspapers “5 Waves” Swimming Pool Ranking
- 2011 Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association Outstanding Design
FOHPP Board of Directors
Click on each name for brief biographies of our board and staff.
FOHPP Advisory Board
Kit Slawski, Executive Director
Debra Randall, Director of Finance and Administration
Mary Pluta, Director of Communications