CARES Act Incentives

Our community and our parks need your help more than ever – every dollar counts. The new CARES Act offers new incentives to those who are able to give back to the community:

Above the line charitable donation deduction. Taxpayers can take an “above the line” qualified charitable donation deduction of up to $300 for 2020, even if they otherwise use the standard deduction. This reduces adjusted gross income. A qualified charitable donation is one that is made with cash to a recognized publicly-supported charity, like the Madison Parks Foundation.

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.

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Giving Spotlight

Event Essentials

Event Essentials is a division of A to Z RentAll, which provides party equipment and furnishings for weddings, corporate and community events, and other celebrations. Event Essentials is a partner in presenting Madison Parks Foundation’s signature event, Picnic in the Park.

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Featured Park: Elver Park

This is Madison's largest park and it boasts a number of activities year-round. In the spring, summer, or fall enjoy basketball, disc golf, soccer, softball, hiking, hammocking, and a splash pad. In the winter bring your sled, skis, or skates and enjoy the giant sledding hill, groomed cross country trails, or ice rink. Elver Park also has a new, fully accessible playground for any ability and any age. Don't forget you can reserve the shelter for parties or events.