Our Successes

20140808_111927Celebrating 120 Years

DSC00009Three community events were launched to celebrate the 120-year anniversary of the historic Madison Park & Pleasure Drive Association, which built the infrastructure of our modern park system.

  • Concert in the Breese – a free community concert in Breese Stevens Field
  • Community Ice Cream Social – at Olin-Turville Park
  • Legacy Golf Outing – MPF’s first fundraiser at Yahara Hills Golf Course


Two More Splash Parks Opened

more kidsIn 2014, the Madison Parks Foundation proudly raised more than $300,000 to support the construction of two new Splash Parks at Elver and Reindahl parks.

These two splash parks were constructed and open to serve children and families with a safe, free, and positive recreation option.  In addition with the existing Cypress Park Splash Park in South Madison, these splash parks are accessible to broad areas of the city.  The Elver and Reindahl Splash Parks provide approximately 3,000 square feet of water features and activity areas adjacent to family friendly shade canopies, tables, and benches.  They have taken advantage of existing park facilities – shelters, playgrounds, and parking.


Pickets for Parks, Picnic Tables & Benches

tenMPF introduced its Celebration Gifts Program designed to encourage friends of the parks to show their support with a purchase of an engraved fence picket, engraved picnic table or personalized park bench.cropped


New Fully Accessible Park

Goodman Playground PicThe Madison Parks Foundation was proud to provide a $15,000 grant to the City of Madison Parks Department to replace the playground at Goodman Pool. It features a poured-rubber surface covered by artificial turf, creating a much safer and sand-free area for children and families to enjoy. Targeted to young children, the new design encourages kids to crawl, climb and play.

“Thanks to the kindness and generosity of Irwin and Robert Goodman, the Madison Parks Foundation created an important partnership with the city that brings thousands of families out to enjoy Goodman Pool each summer,” said Madison Parks Foundation Board President Grant Frautschi. “Now the Foundation’s gift fulfills an important need while also honoring the Goodman name, renewing their legacy once again.”

Like those who started the Madison Park & Pleasure Association 120 years ago, the Goodman Brothers have left an amazing legacy of citizen support that continues to benefit Madison and its residents.


Goodman Pool Swimming Scholarships

100_0730 200x150In 2013, there were 10,141 day passes issued to Madison families at the Goodman Pool. The Foundation also awarded 215 individual swimming lessons and 227 group lessons.  We can directly correlate the benefits of this scholarship money because we experienced almost a 20% reduction in lifeguard rescues in our second year from our first year.  This is totally the result of being able to connect children with our swim lessons through the scholarship program! Our donors have facilitated a lifelong change in the lives of these youngsters by teaching them to swim. Our goal is never to have to turn someone away from our lessons because they do not have the money needed to sign up. We can only achieve this with the continued support of our donors.


Lake Swimming Lessons 

DPP_01326 200x150 copyFor the second year, the parks department administered 106 lake swimming lessons at area beaches in Madison parks. This new effort is particularly noteworthy because it offers families the opportunity to swim in a safe environment with lifeguards that is open and free to everyone.  These lessons also broaden families’ life experiences and hopefully their appreciation of the outdoors and the environment with their exposure to healthy recreational activities in their own neighborhoods and backyards.



Renewing the Legacy