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November 10, 2017 3:05 PM

This week City Fleet, Parks and Forestry staff watched demonstrations of chipper machines from different companies. These machines reduce entire trees to wood chips, which serve as mulch citywide. We also sell the chips to area farmers for use as bedding for cattle. As we continue to tackle … [read more]

October 20, 2017 12:44 PM

Nature is nearby and everybody deserves the chance to go outside and enjoy it. This past summer with support from the Children in Nature Network, Wanda Fullmore interns were able to work with the Parks and Public Health Madison and Dane County departments to explore the relationship between … [read more]

September 8, 2017 3:06 PM

On Thursday August 24th, a sunny afternoon in the Bridge Lakepoint neighborhood, residents came together for the 5th Annual Community Picnic. Many joined the diverse crowd in which people from all ages had the opportunity to get to know their neighbors. There were various games for the kids, … [read more]

August 24, 2017 10:26 AM

Olbrich Botanical Gardens was chosen by an expert panel as a contender for "Best Wisconsin Attraction" in the latest 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest, promoted by USA Today. Cast your vote to show the world what Olbrich means to … [read more]

July 21, 2017 2:58 PM

Madison Parks Department staff held a number of public neighborhood meetings, over the past many months before the decision was made to renovate the existing Penn Park open-air shelter on Madison's southside. tMy thanks to the staff who solicited the comments and ideas and to the area residents … [read more]

June 8, 2017 11:25 AM

Join your neighbors and friends this weekend and throughout the summer at the Elver Park Farmers Market. The Market is the result of the efforts of the Madison West Neighborhood Association and the Prairie Hills Neighborhood Association and will run through Saturday, September 16. Hours of … [read more]

May 16, 2017 11:00 AM

While I know they can be beautiful when you see a sea of yellow flowers waving in the breeze, they can also be very frustrating and once those flowers are gone, frankly a tad unsightly. We need to be patient though as the City of Madison has a no chemical policy. Although a little weed … [read more]

May 12, 2017 1:37 PM

Thanks to the work of the Brotherhood group, community leader Katy Farrens and Madison Parks the Allied Drive area will soon have its own park. I was happy to be included at yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony. Joined by Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp, Alder Maurice Cheeks and Parks … [read more]

April 21, 2017 4:18 PM

I celebrated this 47th Earth Day with a great group of folks at Warner Park. Children from Lake View Elementary School planted trees for their annual Earth Day tradition. I had the pleasure of presenting them with a proclamation encouraging our citizens, businesses and institutions to use … [read more]

September 28, 2016 3:44 PM

The Madison Parks Foundation is celebrating 122 years of Madison’s amazing park system as well as the people who helped to create them. These wonderful areas of our city have been enjoyed by many generations and together, with all of our help, will continue to bring pleasure to every age group … [read more]

September 1, 2016 9:44 AM

The 20th anniversary of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Conference is going to be Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, located at One John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI. This year’s theme is People-Places-Possibilities, Working Together to Make a Better … [read more]

August 15, 2016 11:16 AM

It was another great day for the third annual graduation day for the nearly 200 youngters who took swimming lessons at the Goodman Pool as a result of a partnership between Madison Parks,the Madison Parks Foundation, the Shelley Glover Sports Education Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club and … [read more]

August 12, 2016 11:29 AM

There are Movie Nights at parks all over the City this summer, thanks to Madison Parks, our Neighborhood Resource Teams and various sponsors ranging from businesses, to non-profits and other City agencies. This past week Madison Public Library teamed up with Parks to provide not only … [read more]

August 10, 2016 11:38 AM

Alder Barbara McKinney, Alder Matt Phair, Madison Parks, and many area residents have joined forces to create a new community event, West Fest. The event will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 7:00am-7:00pm. This community building experience will be a fun and educational replacement … [read more]

August 9, 2016 11:57 AM

It was great to join over thirty Madison area boys and girls at the Madison Mallards game this week for Let's Play Ball. The Mallards were great partners with the City and Madison Parks in sponsoring this fun evening. Area youngsters were able to participate in a catching, throwing and … [read more]

June 7, 2016 11:38 AM

As we already know, Madison has many wonderful parks but this amazing attribute in our city has recently received some national recognition. The Trust for Public Land, a national open space advocacy group, ranked Madison 10th out of 100 municipal park systems in the country. Our city hosts … [read more]

May 3, 2016 11:35 AM

It was a blustery day at Warner Park last week as I joined students from Lake View Elementary last week to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a tree. Lake View staff and students have been involved in this awesome project with the Madison Parks Department every year for many years … [read more]

October 9, 2015 10:31 AM

The photos don't to it justice, but if you have a chance between now and the end of October please take an evening to head over to Olbrich Gardens and check out Gleam, Art in a New Light. This cutting edge exhibition features site- specific art installations in the outdoor gardens and … [read more]

September 11, 2015 3:40 PM

The clouds and rain did not dampen the spirits of those who came out for the ribbon cutting for the new Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Skatepark at Central Park! I was happy to welcome the first round of skaters with Parks Superintendent, Eric Knepp, Patrick Hasburgh with the Madison Skatepark … [read more]

August 20, 2015 4:55 PM

Brittingham Park is making a comeback. It’s taking on a life of its own. The new community garden, Operation Fresh Start’s work to reclaim the shoreline from invasive species, the Disability Pride Festival, volunteer shoreline clean ups, increasing use for athletic teams, and the dramatic … [read more]

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