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Tenney Park
1414 E. Johnson St.

Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm
Park Type: Community
Acres: 37.07
Restroom: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Shoreline On: Lake Mendota & Yahara River

With its friendly atmosphere and impressive display of storybook scenery Tenney Park serves as a place to socialize, a peaceful recluse, and a place to just be.  It's an excellent place to watch boats launch, seagulls flock, let the children play at the park, or just catch up on some reading. Under the narrative trees share a picnic on the plush, green grass while enjoying the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Mendota. Tenney Park is also a fantastic place to toss out a line for fishing, swim at the beach, or play a game of one of your favorite sports such as soccer, softball, or volleyball. Take stroll down the winding paths by foot, by bicycle, or rollerblades. In the chilly winter months, after gliding across the frozen lagoon, rejuvenate with a snack in the warming shelter. With its beauty and versatility in every season, this historic park is sure to be a favorite throughout the year!

Alcohol is not allowed in this park.

The Tenney Locks are owned and operated by Dane County Parks.  It is open May - October. Please see the Dane County website for permit fee information and schedule.

The John Wall Family Pavilion has free city wifi.


Please note that the John Wall Family Pavilion in Tenney Park will not be available for reservations from July 6 to December 15, 2015 due to lagoon shoreline renovations.

Tenney Park Beach Playground Replacement

The City of Madison will be constructing playground improvements at Tenney Park beach!  New playground equipment will be installed in 2015.  The City of Madison held a public input meeting regarding the project on October 15, 2014.  Staff used input gathered from this meeting to develop two playground concepts that were presented at a playground meeting on January 13, 2015.  Based on input received at these meetings, Playground Equipment Option 2 was selected for Tenney Park.

Tenney Park Beach Playground Proposed Equipment
Below is a summary of the meeting, along with the exhibits that were presented at the public input meeting and subsequent playground meeting.
Public Input Meeting, October 15, 2014

Playground Meeting, January 13, 2015

All questions and comments regarding the Tenney Park should be directed to Sarah Lerner, Landscape Architect, at or (608) 261-4281.