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Thank You Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation!

Thank You Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation!

MPF is grateful for the generous grant of $5,000 to support the KNOW (Kids Need Opportunities at Warner) from the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation.

The KNOW program focuses on the engaging activities and essential resources being made available to the rapidly-growing number of children who use the Warner Park Community Recreation Center (WPCRC) on a weekly basis.

Located on the north side of Madison, WPCRC is a multi-purpose facility for community activities including recreational, educational and cultural programs and events. The facility houses a gymnasium, exercise room, game room, art room, and community meeting rooms.  In addition to formal youth programming, WPCRC provides a positive environment for kids to socialize, play in the gym and game room, or simply hang out with their friends and have a sense of unity and camaraderie.

Thank you Event Essentials!

Thank you Event Essentials!

The Madison Parks Foundation is extremely grateful to Event Essentials for hosting the 4th Annual Picnic in the Park at Vilas Park on October 19th. The event was a great success.  A special thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and attendees for making this possible. The proceeds from this event supports the Madison Parks Foundation, Madison Parks and the greater Madison community that use our amazing parks.

Photography: Paul F. Gero Photography

Thank you Madison Magazine!

Thank you Madison Magazine!

Thank you Madison Magazine for your $1,000 check made from the proceeds of the Madison Magazine’s Madison Parks poster sales!  This map, created by Emily Balsley Illustration and was turned into a poster by Madison Magazine’s creative director Tim Burton (pictured right) was featured in their June issue. A big thank you to everyone who bought a parks poster! Madison Mag editor Andrea Behling pictured left and Madison Parks Foundation executive director Stephanie Franklin pictured center.

Support our Parks!

We are proud to be doing great work for our Madison Parks!  In 2019, we celebrate 125 years of Madison Parks and have been hard at work trying to reach our goals of adding 4 more new fully-accessible playgrounds and expanding our programming in our parks, like the Learn-to Series and the KNOW (Kids Need Opportunities at Warner) program.

Please GIVE to the Madison Parks Foundation to support our amazing Madison Parks.

Two Major Gifts!


The Madison Parks Foundation is pleased to announce two major gifts to their KNOW (Kids Need Opportunities at Warner) program.  A gift of $2,500 from Opportunity 34 and a gift of $3,000 from The Capital Times Kids Fund.

The KNOW program provides meaningful opportunities for youth to gather and provide a place and time with positive programs.  These programs along with daily open gym time, are the new cornerstone of the Warner Park Community Recreation Center.  The program includes Teen Night, Family Fun Night and a three month 3 on 3 basketball series.

The Opportunity 34 Foundation was created to give kids a chance with both financial assistance and mentoring. “Opportunity 34” gets its name from Will Kellerman’s jersey number who tragically passed away in a car accident in 2017. His purpose lives on through the foundation created in his name.

With the help of The Capital Times, The Kids Fund serves to pool individual contributions from hundreds of Dane County residents, and then carefully evaluate grant requests from non-profit organizations, distributing those gifts to serve the needs of kids and their families in Dane County.

MPF receives $25,000 grant!

The Madison Parks Foundation is proud to be the recipient of a $25,000 grant for fully accessible playgrounds in our Madison Parks.  Thank you Capital Times Evjue Foundation!

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