Situated in the rolling hills of Green County in southwestern Wisconsin, Monroe is a city with many of the amenities of a large metropolitan area coupled with the comforts and familiarity of a small town. This scenic city provides a high-quality of life for people of all ages, with community resources that include a historic downtown Square, attractive parks, and an active arts center. Additionally, there is a strong sense of community and volunteerism in Monroe; people work together to better the lives of their friends, family, and the community as a whole. In all, Monroe is a truly livable community that works to promote the health, education, and overall well-being of its residents and visitors.
Monroe’s Swiss heritage and award winning cheesemaking has earned it’s recognition as being a must-visit for dairy connoisseurs. Though being known for cheese, businesses in Monroe provide a diverse range of services and products ranging from truck body manufacturing to mail-order gift production and distribution. Furthermore, Monroe is situated in close proximity to many larger cities, creating easy access to additional products, services, and atmospheres – it’s an hour drive to Madison, a two hour drive to Milwaukee, and a two and a half hour drive to Chicago.
Culture, Creativity and Community Resources
From the Sky Vu Drive-In Movie Theater to the Monroe Arts Center to the Behring Senior Center, Monroe has an abundance of engaging and unique community resources. These assets host a variety of family-friendly events and programs year-round. Some popular events in Monroe are the July 4th Celebration at Twining Park, the Farmers Market in the summer, the Green County Fair, and the Green County Cheese Days. The biennial Green County Cheese Days is a highly-anticipated three day event filled with a variety of family-friendly activities including a children’s costume parade, youth talent show, a street dance, carnival, and, of course, plenty of cheese tasting! There are also far ranging organizations like the Monroe Swiss Singers, Yester-Years Auto Club, and the Monroe Theatre Guild for community members to become involved in.
Monroe has a strong charitable spirit and proud volunteer base. Community members recognize the benefit of working together and often donate their time to community events, school programs, and more. Additionally, many individuals, families, businesses and organizations donate funds to complete projects in the community, like the Green County Humane Society and renovations to the Monroe Arts Center – both of which received significant public support.
Life of on the Square
The Square is known to be the center of Monroe and a major attraction for visitors and residents. It is here that events like the Green County Cheese Days, Farmers Market, and others take place. Additionally, the Square has many unique stores and restaurants in a highly walkable environment.
Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources
Lively recreational opportunities are available to enjoy in Monroe regardless of one’s age, skill, or competitiveness. The Green County YMCA, Monroe Municipal Outdoor Pool, Behring Senior Center, and Monroe Den Roller Skating are just some of the recreational facilities throughout Monroe, which cumulatively cater to a diverse range of community members. Furthermore, there are many parks, playgrounds and trails that are open to the public for free – creating fun opportunities for families and individuals of all income levels. Together, these resources create a truly livable city that is home to active and engaged community members.
Parks and Trails
Monroe is home to 13 public parks and playgrounds. These parks have varying uses from scenic views for relaxation to fields for playing soccer. Twining Park is Monroe’s largest park, and has a basketball court, disc golf, horseshoe pits, a playground, tennis courts, and public restrooms. It is here that Monroe hosts the July 4th Celebration with a firework show – an event that brings people to Monroe from throughout the southwestern Wisconsin region.
Additionally, the Badger State Trail and the Cheese Country Trail are two regional multi-purpose trails that pass through Monroe – connecting Monroe to nearby Madison and other smaller cities and villages.