Picnic in the Park 2020 Cancelled

Every year, we look forward to connecting with you at our annual Picnic in the Park event that supports our amazing Madison Parks. However, given the growing concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event.

Event Essentials and the Madison Parks Foundation remain committed to this remarkable event and have set the date for Picnic in the Park 2021 – October 23 at Olin Park. We hope that you will mark this date on your calendars to join us to come together once again and celebrate the history of Madison Parks and recognize the important role parks plays in our lives.

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.