Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm Park Type: Mini Acres: 0.37 Restroom: Yes Drinking Water: Yes
229 West Gilman Street
452 State Street
Lisa Link Peace Park – Available for performance reservation
Take advantage of the new Peace Park! The recently refurbished Lisa Link Peace Park, conveniently-located right on State Street, is the perfect space to plan your music performances, events and rallies.
Peace Park is ideally located amongst the excitement of State Street. After checking out all that State Street has to offer, come and relax at Peace Park with family and friends. After a day filled with shopping and dining, you will appreciate the plentiful green space and seating area to take a break from a busy day.
If you are simply looking for a place to showcase your new band, look no further! Peace Park is well suited for an intimate concert experience and will surely attract people walking along State Street. The performance area has a natural amphitheater set-up so you can be sure to get the sound you're looking for.
The park is named for Elizabeth (Lisa) Link, an activist who passed away in 1982. Link was instrumental in reviving the Madison chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. The park intends to honor how Link promoted Madison's pacifist and non-interventionist traditions with her activism.
In 2010, Peace Park had a $1.1 million renovation which included a Peace Pole, a performance area, a small water spray fountain for summer months and chess boards. An adjacent visitor center with bathrooms is run by the Downtown Business Improvement District. Peace Park is easily accessible from State Street and Gilman Street where street parking is available. A new B-cycle station is also on-site making Peace Park a good place to take a break from a nice bike ride.
How to reserve Peace Park
If you are a musician or part of a small band, you just need an amplification permit to perform at Peace Park. The amplification permit is only $15 and $0.25 per hour for electricity. The space is available from 12-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. from Monday-Wednesday and 12-7 p.m. from Thursday-Sunday. Peace Park is available for use for longer hours than any other location on State Street!
If you are a group or organization that wants to hold a rally or special event, then simply apply for a street use permit. This is necessary especially if you are going outside of the hours available with an amplification permit. A permit for a one-day event is $50, two-day events are $100 and series events are $150. Peace Park is especially suited for student organizations!