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The Wausau and Marathon County Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department operates two separate park systems, and a County Forestry system each with its own facilities, objectives, and budgets.

The Marathon County park system is based on large parks that typically focus upon a high quality natural feature and provide limited areas of development that support low intensity recreation uses, such as picnicking, hiking, fishing, swimming, and camping. These parks serve large areas of the county. The county park system also provides specialized facilities that serve the entire county or major populations within the county, such as the fairgrounds, shooting range, softball complex, and indoor ice skating.

The City of Wausau park system is based on small neighborhood parks and play fields whose purpose is to serve nearby residents. Other park types include: community parks for large gatherings and events; specialized athletic and recreation facilities, such as swimming pools, a snow tubing hill with a 1000 foot run, outdoor ice skating rinks, and ball diamonds; and small urban garden type parks that provide many of the aesthetically pleasing urban green spaces that help define Wausau's character.

In conjunction with its park system, Wausau offers a recreation program that provides swimming and a youth playground program in the summer and snow tubing and outdoor iceskating in the winter. Indirectly, Wausau's recreation program facilitates the operation of numerous sports leagues and recreation activities through the provision of facilities, technical assistance, and other coordinating activities.

W&MC Parks, Rec, Forestry Dept
Room Name Sq. Ft. Length Width Ceiling Height Banquet Board Room Classroom Pods Round Square Theater U Shape
2 Covered Wings (No Sides) 1360 17 40 10-Aug 114
Big Kitchen 150
Main Room 9025 95 95 20-Oct 500 500
Meeting Hall 884 26 34 12-Sep 75 75 75
Multi-Purpose Building 1 16268 83 196 20-Oct 1205 1000 2000
Multi-Purpose Building 2 17000 85 200 16-30 1260 1000 1800
Riverside Shelter 2800 150 150
Shelter 540 20 27 12
Stone Wing 1728 27 64 10 80 80
Sylvan Hill Chalet 2500 16-Sep 100 200 100
Youth Building: 800
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