Winter fun in Madison Parks this weekend

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 4:49am

Winter Fun in Madison Parks this Weekend, January 27-29, 2012

Ice Skating Rinks - Most of the outdoor ice rinks are open this weekend are: Tenney, Vilas (lagoon partially open), Elver, Garner (hockey closed), Olbrich, Westmorland, Wexford, Nakoma, Goodman, Heritage Heights, Hillington Triangle, Warner Park Lagoon (partial).

Elver Park will ice rink/concessions will open at 11:00a.m. on Friday. Skate rental and concessions are available at Tenney, Vilas and Elver Parks.

For up-to-date information on ice rinks, be sure to check the website Parks Winter Activities:

Ice Skating Party at Tenney Park - Friday, January 27, 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Come experience the fun and beauty of skating under the lights with music and games. Our warming houses and concessions will be open as well and skate rentals will be available on a first-come basis. All ages and experience levels welcome. Grab your friends, a date, or the whole family and come have some fun on the ice.

Cocktails in the Conservatory! - Friday, January 27, 8:00p.m. - 10:p.m.
Olbrich's winter concert series is being transformed to offer new musicians, new dates and times, and new experiences! Enjoy music in the Conservatory during Cocktails in the Conservatory. Enjoy the tropics with a cash bar and music by DJ Nick Nice. $5 admission at the door. Must be 21 to attend. Check for details.

Children of the Rainforest: Samba1 Brazilian Dance Group
Saturday, January 28 Performances at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Tickets available at the door: $3 ages 13 & up, $2 children 12 and under, Free for ages 2 and under
It may be winter in Wisconsin, but Olbrich's Children of the Rainforest series can transport you to a sunny spot! Olbrich Botanical Gardens welcomes the Samba 1 Brazilian Dance Group from Chicago for the first time. With dancers, drummers, and spectacular costumes, they'll bring the dances of the Amazon and Brazilian Marci Gras to life, while making a connection to the Brazilian rainforests. Check for details.

Cross-Country Ski Trails - Thirty kilometers of signed and groomed trails await cross-country skiers in 6 Madison Parks locations. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced. Don't have your own skis? Rental is available at Elver Park (daily) and Odana Hills (weekends only). A Cross-Country Ski Permit is required for Elver Park and Odana Hills. Staff has groomed the ski-skating lanes at Elver Park and Odana Hills Golf Course on Tuesday. More snow is needed before staff can set tracks. Conditions are best suited to skate skiing. The lights will be on at Elver. All other ski trails in the parks remain ungroomed. For more information on Madison Parks ski trails, visit:

Snowshoeing - Snowshoeing is a fantastic way to experience many of our parks during the winter months. For a list of parks to snowshoe in: Remember, snowshoers must stay on the conservation park trails; snowshoes are not allowed on cross country ski trails at anytime. Madison Parks does not rent snowshoes. Please keep in mind that there needs to be sufficient snow to create a base for snowshoeing. The woods generally need more snow to fall because the trees protect the trails.


  • Laura Whitmore266-5949