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.

Two Lead Gifts to Support Fully Accessible Playgrounds

Long-time Madison Parks donor, W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation was asked to support the project and committed an incredible $100,000 to name a fully accessible playground at Warner Park for the Frautschi Family. It was this spirit of giving that inspired another well-known community and supporter, the Oscar Rennebohm Foundation to also give a $100,000 gift to name a playground at Oscar Rennebohm Park to recognize, Jeff Erlanger, one of Madison’s great champions of the rights of all citizens.

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Giving Spotlight

Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation

The foundation supports charities, educational initiatives and organizations aimed at building strong families and healthy kids, empowering them to chase and achieve their dreams. Their generous support has help fund programming for the KNOW program at Warner Park Community Recreation Center as well as assisting in the funding for the Fully Accessible & Inclusive playgrounds throughout the Madison Parks System. This incredible support allows for the construction of these playgrounds which promotes inclusivity children of all abilities has a lasting impact to families across the community.

Featured Park: Tenney Park

With its friendly atmosphere and impressive display of storybook scenery. Under the narrative trees share a picnic on the plush, green grass while enjoying the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Mendota. Tenney Park is a fantastic place to toss out a line for fishing, swim at the beach, ice skate on the lagoon or take stroll down the winding paths by foot, by bicycle, or rollerblades. With its beauty and versatility in every season, this historic park is sure to be a favorite throughout the year.