2010 Awards were presented on March 14, 2011
Individual Volunteer of the Year - Si Widstrand
Si recently retired from Madison Parks after serving 34 years. Since his retirement, he’s put down his pen, and picked up his chainsaw. He’s teamed up with other volunteers and neighborhood groups who have the people power for a project, but needed someone who also had the technical skills to accomplish the job. Since his retirement, he has donated over 400 hours annually, has volunteered in over 50 parks, and serves as great parks ambassador.
Volunteer Group of the Year – The Friends of the Yahara River
The Friends of the Yahara River have been active for almost 15 years, working diligently on the historical restoration of the Yahara River Parkway from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona. This group has also worked over the years to get a bike path installed along the river with under-passes at Johnson Street and East Washington Boulevard. The Friends of the Yahara River have their own corps of volunteers, but also eagerly supervise numerous group and individual volunteers during their monthly work days. Madison Parks is thrilled to recognize this long-time dedicated group of volunteers.
Madison Parks Volunteer Project Award –Olive Jones Park
An outstanding project for 2010 were the efforts to update Olive Jones Park. A dedicated group of parents and neighbors raised over $106,000 in just two years to refurbish Olive Jones Park, a Madison park adjacent to Randall Elementary School. The new and innovative play equipment perfectly serves the 3-5 graders at the school and neighborhood.
Madison Parks Sponsor of the Year – Woodman’s Market
Madison Parks recognizes Woodman’s Markets for being a champion of the Elver Park Fireworks – an event that brings neighbors and neighborhoods together. Woodmans helped preserve this traditional event and were involved in every aspect of the event from marketing, banners, and promotion in their store. They also helped leverage other sponsors to make this event a success. Madison Parks felt it was an honor to work with Woodman’s Markets on this event and looks forward to doing great things in the future.
Madison Parks Partner of the Year – Madison Mallards
Since that first game on June 2, 2011 over 1,600,000 people have come to the Duck Pond at Warner Park to cheer on the Mallards and enjoy all of the festivities surrounding the game. The club’s partnership doesn’t stop at Warner Park. Two years ago, Madison Parks partnered with the Mallards to sponsor the Rubber Ducky River Race – an event which raised over $3500 for the Goodman Pool scholarship fund. The Mallards have also stepped up to partner with us on a number of programs throughout the years: Kids to Kids Garage Sale, Goodman Pool Promotional Days, Madison Parks Night at the Ball Park, US Bank Eve – and for always being willing to bring Maynard out to the community event.