Madison parks offer children and families of all income levels the chance to participate in healthy, safe and fun activities that might not otherwise be available. Playing in Madison parks brings immeasurable joy and countless family memories, and adds to the quality of life we all enjoy as Madisonians.
For children, outdoor play is as important as indoor play, as fresh outdoor air on a regular basis helps kids stay healthy. In particular, playgrounds help children develop critical motor skills needed to perform activities such as running, climbing and riding tricycles, bikes and more.
Currently, the city of Madison has 176 parks with playgrounds. In the next five-to-seven years, 75% of the playgrounds will need to be repaired or replaced to meet national standards.