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2009 awards were presented on March 1, 2010

Volunteer of the Year - Friends of Hoyt Park

Among the accomplishments of this group are natural area restoration of its prairies and oak savannahs, restoration of historical brick fireplaces and entrance ways and money raised to hire its own park ranger.  The Friends of Hoyt Park serve as a ‘gold standard’ of a Madison Parks ‘Friends” group.

Volunteer Project of the Year - Joe Bonardi of Period Gardens

Before Joe started caring for this small downtown Madison Park garden, it was overgrown, disheveled, and served as a place for unwanted behavior such as public intoxication.  Joe moved into the downtown neighborhood, saw the potential of this garden and got down to work!  In a couple year’s time, he transformed the garden into a beautiful downtown oasis where people enjoy the flowers and landscaping as well as even a few summer weddings.

Corporate Sponsor of the Year – Trek Bicycles

Trek Bicycles was recognized for their sponsorship of the very successful community wide Ride the Drive event.  When the Mayor proposed that Madison host such an event – Trek Corporation stepped up to the plate as a major sponsor and organizer of the event.  Thanks to their tenacity and enthusiasm, the event was a resounding success and has become an annual signature Madison event.

Madison Parks Foundations Project of the Year - VFW Post 7591

VFW Post 7591 partnered with the Madison Parks Foundation to raise over $123,000 to construct Madison Parks first Veteran’s Memorial.  The memorial, located in Veterans Memorial Park on Madison’s southwest side, honors past, present and future service of our local veterans.

Madison Parks Foundations Project of the Year - Carpenter Ridgeway Neighborhood Association

Madison Parks Foundation recognized Carpenter Ridgeway Neighborhood Association for their work to raise the money to construct a labyrinth garden in their park.  Over the last several years, the neighborhood has been supporting new and unique projects in their park with gardens, art installation, and this newly constructed labyrinth garden.