Community Profile: Oshkosh

The City of Oshkosh is a great place to call home. Oshkosh has a little bit of something for everyone, which is why over 68,000 people call it home. Though it is one of the larger cities in the Fox Valley, Oshkosh manages to have that small town friendliness while still providing some big city features.

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Location

Oshkosh is conveniently located at the center of the Fox Cities, just north of Fond Du Lac and just south of Neenah and Appleton. Oshkosh is located on the north-west shore of Lake Winnebago.

Economy

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Oshkosh is home to Oshkosh Corporation, formerly OshkoshTruck, one of the nation’s largest producers of heavy-duty specialty trucks; most notably for the US Military.  Many manufacturing and engineering jobs are brought to the area by Oshkosh Corporation

Education

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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is located at the heart of Oshkosh. UW-Oshkosh is the third largest college in Wisconsin, home to over 13,000  students. UW-Oshkosh is widely regarded as having an excellent nursing and business program. In an effort to ensure continues growth UWO recently spent $48 million on the construction of Sage Hall. Sage Hall is a state of the art building offering students a wonderful environment to learn. UWO is also building The Intramural Recreational Field Complex (Recplex) which will allow for more space for students to participate in intramural’s.  This $6.466 million dollar project with include:  two flag football fields, two recreational soccer fields, one regulation soccer field, one regulation rugby field, and one regulation lacrosse field. The Recplex is said to open in the fall of 2017. Oshkosh is also home to 16 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 2 high schools.

Government

The city council is comprised of 7 individuals; Steve Cummings – Mayor, Debra L. Allison-Aasby – Deputy Mayor, and 5 Council Members – Steve Herman, Caroline Panske, Lori Palmeri, Thomas R. Pech Jr. and Ben Stepanek.

Parks and Recreation

Set on the shores of Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh’s Menominee Park is a true gem. Located in the center of the park is the Menominee Park Zoo. This 8-acer zoo is home to over three dozen animals, including native and exotic animals. This free zoo is open from the first week in May to the last week in September. Also located in Menominee Park is the zoo_arial_600Children’s Amusement Area. This area includes train rides, marry-go-round, or paddle boat rentals. Menominee Park also includes a huge playground, paved trails, a beech, tennis courts, soccer fields, baseball fields, and picnic areas. Menominee Park has a boat launch for those looking to do some fishing on Lake Winnebago.  Besides Menominee Park, the largest of Oshkosh’s parks is the 270-acre Winnebago County Community Park. The park is home to 18 soccer fields, an archery range, ruby fields, disc golf courses and three small fishing lakes.

Restaurants:

Becket’s– Becket’s is an American restaurant on the water. They have both indoor and outdoor seating with great riverfront views and docks so you can tie up your boat to stop in for some food. Becket’s has live music and weddings! Also every day they have half-price appetizers from 3-6 and all day on Thursday’s!

Fox River Brewing – This is also a great spot on the water where you are able to eat outside and even dock your boat. Plenty of outside seating is available and throughout the summer they have live music!

Mahoneys– Mahoneys is located right by Oshkosh campus. They have outdoor seating in the summer and they host private events. The chef here is Chef Ryan Nolan and he changes the menu for different seasons and adds a modern twist to classic dishes.

Oshkosh also has great cafes and bars downtown on main street!

 

 

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