About the Madison Parks Foundation

Since 1894, Madison Parks have added richness and vibrancy to the landscape of Madison. As the non-profit partner of Madison Parks, the Madison Parks Foundation helps our community conserve, promote, and enhance our parks. We exist to support Madison’s world-class parks system. In addition to our work helping neighborhoods steward improvements to their parks, we’ve identified three areas that advance our equity and programming goals for Madison's Parks.

Fully Accessible Playgrounds

We are proud to be fundraising for fully accessible playgrounds for people of all ages and abilities, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities, making our parks more inclusive and accessible. Our goal is to raise $300,000 towards this project which will provide 100,000 Madison households access to a fully accessible playground within a two-mile radius.

Madison Parks Foundation's “Learn-to…” Series

As sponsors of this program, we are able to offer fun activities in our parks such as bird watching, star gazing, disc golf and more at no cost, allowing people to use our parks and learn, regardless of income level. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to expand this program by purchasing additional equipment and supplies to allow more residents to participate, as well as sustain the programming for years to come.

KNOW – Kids Need Opportunities at Warner

This program at Warner Park Community Recreation Center includes events such as Teen Night, Family Fun Night, Youth Police Initiative, a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Series and open gym, which provide meaningful opportunities for youth to feel connected and engaged with our community. We have committed to raising $150,000 to insure complimentary and engaging programming continues for this economically challenged area in our community.

See a list of our accomplishments.

Staff & Board Members

Emeritus Board

  • Lynn Adams
  • Trudy Barash
  • Chad Bartell
  • Linda Bellman
  • Dorothy Borchardt*
  • Bill Barker
  • Joel DeSpain
  • Toni Drake
  • Kristine Euclide
  • Alex Evans
  • Grant Frautschi*
  • Al Friedman
  • Candy Gialamas*
  • Randy Glysch*
  • Emily Gnam
  • Gigi Holland*
  • Chuck Koval*
  • Melanie Kranz
  • Molly Lahr
  • Don Last*
  • Betty MacDonald
  • Malea Martin
  • Nancy Mead
  • Sally Miley
  • Brennan Nardi
  • Dan Petersen*
  • Betsy Repaske
  • Santiago Rosas*
  • Emanuel Scarbrough
  • Susan Schmitz
  • Gail Selk*
  • Jean Stewart*
  • David Wallner
  • Bill White
  • Charlie Wills
  • Dick Zillman*
  • *Founding board member