Madison Parks Watch 2010

April 2, 2010

To better protect our community's beautiful park system, in 2008 Madison Parks and Madison Police launched a Parks Watch initiative. Neighbors joined together to learned how to organize a watch program, what to watch for and how to communicate their concerns to the city officials.

2010 Training Dates:
April 14, 2010 - 7p.m. at the East Side Police Station, 809 S. Thompson Drive
April 19, 2010 - 7p.m. at the Meadowood Community Center, 5734 Raymond Road

Anyone who is interested in starting a Parks Watch program in their park or is just looking for more information should plan to attend.

In much the same fashion as Neighborhood Watch, we are asking park neighbors and partners to extend their watchful eyes and ears to the public spaces throughout the City of Madison. We are particularly interested in securing the cooperation of citizens whose homes or businesses overlook the public parks and public spaces as well as asking visitors who use these attractive and friendly facilities to serve as park ambassadors. The many generous volunteers who regularly tend to the parks and raise money for the park system will also be included in the process.

Successful Neighborhood and Parks Watch programs depend on grassroots efforts. Madison Police Department and Madison Parks representatives will be available to train residents in the processes of Parks Watch, focusing specifically on how to be a good witness, best communication methods with your neighbors, Police & Parks officials, as well as, when and how to contact the 9-1-1 Center.

If you are interested in organizing your neighborhood for a Parks Watch please contact Laura Whitmore at 266-5949 or at

  • Laura Whitmore, 608-266-5949