• Legacy Society
  • Pickets for Parks
  • Sailboat
  • Field
  • Splash Park Opening
  • Sunset
  • Reservoir Park

Register for Picnic in the Park

Register here for Picnic in the Park

Event Essentials and the Madison Parks Foundation are proud to present the second annual

Picnic in the Park

 at Hoyt Park on October 28, 2017

Join us as we celebrate the legacy of our amazing parks and learn the history of how these parks help shape Madison.

The evening features an exquisite dinner celebrating local farm and food profiles prepared by chefs,

Jonny Hunter from the Underground Food Collective & John Gadau and Phillip Hurley of Sardine, Marigold and Gates & Brovi

Come to the Makeshift Festival August 20th.

Come to the Makeshift Festival August 20th.

Makeshift is a new food festival that exists to celebrate creativity in the visual & culinary arts and to highlight the rich history of Madison’s Public Spaces. The event features chefs from Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis & Chicago presenting affordably priced tasting dishes in a family-friendly environment created by local designers and visual artists with the natural beauty of Madison’s parks as their canvas.

Makeshift will take place in a different park every year, lending it a fresh feel, while also allowing the Parks Foundation to highlight a different park’s history with each festival.

We’re excited to announce that we reached that goal this year: Thanks to an outpouring of generous support from our sponsors and community partners, Makeshift Festival will be FREE and open to the public. We’d love more people to hear about this year’s event – Please, tag your art/food friends who might want to join us on August 20 in the comments. All are welcome.

Please join us Sunday, August 20 at Olbrich Park.

For video and more information

Video of the History of Madison Parks

Video of the History of Madison Parks

MPF Legacy

MPF Legacy

Madison Parks Foundation has a lasting legacy that has spanned over 100 years.

Learn more about our Legacy

Ways to Contribute to Continuing our Legacy

Please support MPF

Please support MPF



MPF by the Numbers

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Renewing the Legacy