The Madison Parks Foundation

Basketballs bouncing. Dogs barking as they play. Children giggling. When you listen to the sounds of our parks, you realize they serve an invaluable purpose in our communities. Parks can create and facilitate a sense of fellowship, a feeling of belonging, and a meaningful connection to the outdoors with our family and friends.

Parks are Essential

The Department of Public Health Madison & Dane County has declared our Madison parks as essential during the national COVID-19 crisis. Parks play an essential role for our physical and mental well-being and our Madison Parks are here for you. Madison is fortunate to have 279 parks where 94% of our residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park. Madison Parks and the Madison Parks Foundation are here for you.

Giving Spotlight

Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation

The foundation supports charities, educational initiatives and organizations aimed at building strong families and healthy kids, empowering them to chase and achieve their dreams. Their generous support has help fund programming for the KNOW program at Warner Park Community Recreation Center as well as assisting in the funding for the Fully Accessible & Inclusive playgrounds throughout the Madison Parks System. This incredible support allows for the construction of these playgrounds which promotes inclusivity children of all abilities has a lasting impact to families across the community.

Featured Park: Tenney Park

With its friendly atmosphere and impressive display of storybook scenery. Under the narrative trees share a picnic on the plush, green grass while enjoying the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Mendota. Tenney Park is a fantastic place to toss out a line for fishing, swim at the beach, ice skate on the lagoon or take stroll down the winding paths by foot, by bicycle, or rollerblades. With its beauty and versatility in every season, this historic park is sure to be a favorite throughout the year.