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The city of Wauwatosa is searching for a new partner to manage events at the Hart Park Senior Center. That's after Interfaith Older Adult Programs (IOAP) announced that it will end its contract with the city Dec. 31.

The Milwaukee-based IOAP informed the city with a required 90-day notice that it would be opting out of the three-year contract that began Jan. 1, 2015.

“During our annual service and opportunity evaluation process, Interfaith determined that the unique program model and related demands of the Hart Park Senior Center were not a strong operational fit,” Lisa Bittman, IOAP executive director, said in a news release. “Long range funding stability for this site and facility limitations were additional factors considered.”

The Senior Meal Program, which is served at the Hart Park Senior Center, will continue at the center without interruption. The program is managed by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging.

“The City of Wauwatosa and the Wauwatosa School District jointly are in the midst of an open space and recreation facilities study and gaps analysis," Mayor Kathy Ehley said in the release. "We will take this opportunity to evaluate the needs of older adults in the community with a goal of developing a long-range plan for older adult programming.”

The Lakota Group, the organization conducting the recreation study, is scheduled to hold its next meeting with the Tosa Recreation Department and the city Dec. 7. Recommendations on how to proceed with the scheduling and event management of the senior center will be a part of that discussion.

The mayor and other city officials met with the Hart Park Senior Center Advisory Committee after Interfaith’s announcement. The purpose was to discuss the feasibility of continuing some programs and activities at the center. Discussions are ongoing.

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