West Allis Information
West Allis City is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin and is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The population was estimated to be at 60,753 in July 2009.* The name is derived from Edward P. Allis, who started the largest machinery producing company in the 19th century, the town standing west of the company's plant.
West Allis was chartered as a city in 1906 and on June 15, 1996, celebrated its 100th anniversary with a parade, fireworks and a family festival.
Forbes.com named the Milwaukee-West Allis-Waukesha area as the second safest metro region in October 2009**, while Businessweek named it as a runner up in the Best Places to Raise Your Kids in 2010 rankings.***
Things to See and Do
West Allis is located in Milwaukee County and as such is part of the Milwaukee County Parks Commission which aims to form a “green belt” or series of scenic drives and parks encircling the county.**** The park system is a source of great pride for these communities. Visitors and locals alike can find enjoyment in the many offerings of the various parks.
Bird watchers are welcome to check out the Oak Leaf Birding Trail and Birding events at the Wehr Nature Center. Man’s best friend is also welcome in non-restricted areas of the parks, provided that they are leashed and that owners are responsible for picking up after their pet.
There are also Community Centers in Milwaukee County, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center which features an auditorium, conference room and multi-purpose room and Kosciuszko Center that offer Adult and Youth fitness programs as well as arts and crafts and recreational activities.
Nature lovers are sure to find great enjoyment in the gardens of the Milwaukee County Parks Commission. This includes the Boerner Botanical Gardens, Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park and Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory. Although the parks system does not allow camping in the parks, there are two overnight lodges in secluded wooding areas, as well as the Wisconsin State Fair Park RV Park that are available for those who are interested in camping out in the great outdoors.
Sports enthusiasts will be glad to know that Milwaukee County Parks Commission also offers facilities for archery, baseball, basketball, boxing, cricket, disc/Frisbee, football, golf, hockey (ice or in-line), horseshoes, ice skating, kickball, lawn bowling, little league, rugby, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, tobogganing and sledding and volleyball.
Ski trails, biking trails, recreational trails and hiking trails are available for those who enjoy activity surrounded by the beauty of nature. In addition, water-based recreational activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating and fishing lure thousands to these spots for some family fun under the sun.
The Wisconsin State Fair Park, which has been the location of the Wisconsin State Fair since 1892, is located in West Allis. It is home to other venues such as the Milwaukee Mile, the oldest continuously operating motor speedway worldwide, and the Pettit National Ice Center, a U.S. Olympic training facility.*****
Dining options abound in West Allis with a wide range of cuisines offered – including, but not limited to, Mexican, Italian, American and Japanese. Mouthwatering delicacies and thirst-quenching drinks are easily accessible.
There are numerous hotels in West Allis and its surrounding areas that offer good and relaxing accommodations for the weary traveler. Some of the best hotels include Little Red House Bed and Breakfast, Days Inn West Allis, Wisconsin State Fair Park, Schuster Mansion and Best Western Woods View Inn.