About Fort Atkinson
Fort Atkinson is a generous and dedicated community. The citizens of Fort Atkinson are civic-minded, with over 80 clubs and service organizations, which offer a variety of community services. We have a food pantry, a free medical and dental clinic, a literacy council, a public library, and a museum.
Thanks to its many donors, the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation annually awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to local non-profit organizations in support of its mission to enhance the quality of life in Fort Atkinson. Recent projects supported by the Foundation include the expansion and renovation of the Dwight Foster Public Library, extension of the city’s downtown riverwalk, expansion of the Hoard Historical Museum, music trailer for the school district’s performing arts department, playground equipment and park enhancements, and the bike trail/pedestrian and shelters.
Local service clubs such as Rotary, Lions, Optimists, Kiwanis, and many others, provide strong support to the community through the generosity of citizens who donate their time and money to the betterment of the community. Fort Atkinson is also home to the regional United Way providing assistance to non-profit and social service agencies in Jefferson and North Walworth Counties.
Advanced Disposal / Waste Removal 920-563-4505 Cable Hook-up 844-542-1909 Driver's License Registration 608-264-7447 Food Pantry 920-728-2394 Gas/Electric Hook-up 800-242-9137 Jefferson County Daily Union 920-563-5553 Poison Center 800-815-8855 Post Office 920-563-5881 Voter Registration 920-563-7760 Red Cross 920-563-3055
City of Fort Atkinson
Main Office 920-563-7760 Compost Site (Public Works) 920-563-7771 Fire Department (Non-emergency) 920-563-7795 Police Department (Non-emergency) 920-563-7777 Senior Center 920-563-7773 Parks and Recreation 920-563-7781 Outdoor Aquatic Center 920-563-7799 Water Utility 920-563-7775
For ground transportation, Fort Atkinson residents utilize Brown Cab Service, who provides transportation in and around Fort Atkinson for extremely reasonable rates.
We are also located in close proximity to a number of bus lines.
Just north of the city, the Fort Atkinson Municipal Airport has a 3,800-foot paved, lighted runway, which can accommodate most general aviation needs including business and charter aircraft. Commercial passenger services are available at nearby Madison, Milwaukee and Janesville airports.
Local news, weather and school closings are available on WFAW 940 AM and WSJY 107.3, which is also an easy listening format. A variety of other music selections are available from surrounding Madison and Milwaukee stations.
Fort Atkinson has one local daily paper, The Daily Jefferson County Union, published Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Offices are located at 28 W. Milwaukee Avenue. Call 920-563-5553 for subscription rates. You can also log on to http://www.dailyunion.com for news information at your fingertips.
Local TV Channel
Channel 13 serves as Fort Atkinson’s local television station. Produced at the high school, Fort TV features a community calendar, local athletic events, musical concerts and various other community events.
The current population of Fort Atkinson is 12, 350 and covers 4.5 square miles. Total population of Jefferson County is 69,000, covering 564 square miles.
The city of Fort Atkinson has five elected officials and a city manager. City Council meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. City offices are located in the Municipal Building, 101 N Main St, with office hours Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. The city of Jefferson is the County Seat.
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To watch video streaming of live and archived coverage visit here: Wisconsin Eye
The best resource to read about the spending and policy contained in the budget bill is on the Legislative Fiscal Bureau homepage located here: Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau
In its 36th year of operation, the Fort Atkinson Senior Citizens Center provides social, nutritional, instructional and leisure of our older citizens, ages 55 and up. There is no membership fee. The Center is tax supported & receives additional funding from the United Way, Senior Citizens Inc Committee & other donors. The nutrition site provides well-balanced meals 5 days a week for a nominal fee. For more information, click here
307 Robert St.Fort Atkinson, WI
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Dwight Foster Public Library
The Dwight Foster Public Library is a member of the Bridges Library System and provides access to over a million items through the shared catalog. The library also offers meeting room space, copying, scanning & faxing services, access to a variety of specialized databases, public computers, free wifi and a wide variety of programs for children and adults. For more information, click here.
209 Merchants Ave.
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Mon. - Thurs.: 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm
I grew up in Fort Atkinson and when I decided to move back after living in Chicago for years, some peopled asked “how are you going to handle living in a small town again?” My response was simple – Fort Atkinson is a place that allows you to choose small, but live big. It is a place where people show up; for people in need, for celebrations, for opportunities to improve their city while maintaining its already great character. As a young professional, Fort provides me aspects of everything I had hoped to build a life around – quality mentors, motivating peers, beautiful parks & outdoor spaces, an abundance of recreation activities & community events, locally owned restaurants & businesses, and an ability to make a difference in a place I love. And I love Fort Atkinson.
Executive Director, United Way of Jefferson & North Walworth Counties
Founder, FA Summer Charity Concert Series