Get Ready for Winter Fun

November 18, 2009

Mayor Dave to purchase 1st ski pass

Mayor Dave to purchase the first Madison Parks cross-country ski pass
November 18, 11:45a.m. at Madison Parks office, 210 MLK, Jr. Blvd Suite 104

If the Farmer's Almanac is to be believed, this winter could be a cold one again. Instead of hibernating for the winter, Mayor Dave is leading the charge on getting outside and enjoying all that Madison Parks has to offer for winter sports enthusiasts.

Mayor Dave will be purchasing the official first Madison Parks cross-country ski pass today, November 18 at 11:45a.m. in the Madison Parks Administration office, 210 MLK Jr. Blvd, Suite 104.

Cross-Country Ski Passes
Madison Parks has groomed cross-country ski trails at Elver Park, Odana Hills Golf Course, Monona Golf Course, Turville Woods, Owen Conservation Park and South Cherokee Marsh. A ski pass is valid in City of Madison Parks and Dane County Parks. If you don't own skis, you can rent them Elver Park and Odana Hills Golf Course. For details, please visit the Madison Parks website at www.cityofmadison.com/parks

When do ice rinks and ski trails open??
While winter officially begins December 21, please remember that Mother Nature decides when these outdoor winter sports can start, not the Parks Division! For the equipment to safely prepare the rinks for skating, staff needs two to four weeks of below-freezing temperatures. And in order to groom the ski trials, staff needs at least 4 inches of snow. For up-to-date conditions, sign up for FREE email notices on https://my.cityofmadison.com/

Where are the ice rinks?
Elver Park (rentals available)
1236 McKenna Blvd
Mon-Fri, 4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 11:00 a.m. - 9:30p.m.

Garner Park
333 S. Rosa Rd.
Mon-Fri, 4:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 1:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Goodman Park
1402 Wingra Creek Pkwy
Mon-Fri, 4:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 1:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Olbrich Park
3300 Atwood Ave.
Mon-Fri, 4:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 1:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Tenney Park (rentals available)
1330 Sherman Ave.
Mon-Fri, 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Vilas Park (rentals available)
1339 Vilas Park Dr.
Mon-Fri, 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Warner Park
2930 N. Sherman Ave.
Mon-Fri, 4:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 1:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Westmorland Park
4114 Tokay Blvd.
Mon-Fri, 4:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Sat-Sun, 1:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Adopt Ice Partnership
For the 2009-2010 winter season, Madison Parks created a new community initiative. Adopt Ice Partnership is designed to provide neighbors and volunteers the opportunity to be involved in the maintenance of the neighborhood skating rink. The Partnership will work with the level of service that fits their interest and ability. From cleaning snow off the ice to program development all areas of assistance will improve service and spur new creative opportunities for the future. If interested, call Madison Parks at 266-4711.

Sledding Hills in Madison Parks
What is more exhilarating than zipping down a snow-covered hill, with the wind and snow crystals in your face? Dust off your toboggan or sled and hit the hills!! We have six parks with sledding hills: Elver, Olbrich, Sycamore, Heistand, Berkley and Warner Parks. If the temperatures cooperate, but the snow doesn't, no worries! Thanks to a grant from the Madison Community Foundation, staff can now make snow for the Elver Park sledding hill.

Contact:
  • Laura Whitmore, 266-5949