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These awards were presented on March 5, 2012

Individual Volunteer of the Year – JoAnne Walker

After almost of decade of deliberation, discussion, and debate the Warner Park Community Recreation Center was opened on September 19, 1999.  JoAnne Walker was there the entire way, working to fulfill its mission of “being gathering place which provides innovative growth and enrichment opportunities for the Madison community and connects people of all ages, races and cultural backgrounds.” JoAnne has been key to its success. In her role in the Circle of Friends, she has been instrumental in raising over $90,000 for Warner Park, and for ten years, has dedicated at least 15 hours a week in service at WPCRC and the North Eastside Senior Coalition totaling thousands of hours of service


Volunteer Group of the Year – The Friends of Monona Bay

The Friends of Monona Bay have been active for almost nine years, working diligently to keep Brittingham Park trash-free along the Monona Bay Shoreline.  The Friends of the Monona Bay bring their own hardy corps of volunteers for monthly clean-up days, and have removed over a hundred of bags of trash from Brittingham Park each year. Madison Parks is thrilled to recognize this long-time dedicated group.

Project of the Year – Tenney Park Shelter Group

A dedicated group of committed citizens and neighbors, this group was essential to the design and construction of the new John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park.  This group worked tirelessly and raised $550,000 in less than five years.  This group volunteered many hours, held focus group, and served as an advocate for this project.  It will proudly and efficiently serve the community for many generations, and Madison Parks is grateful for the commitment and initiative of the Tenney Park Shelter Group.

Madison Park Spirit of Service Award – Jean Sweet

This award was new this year and allows for volunteers to nominate other volunteers. Jean has served on the Midvale Heights Neighborhood Board for over thirteen years focusing on keeping the neighborhood beautiful. She was the driving force behind the planning of and fundraising for the Tokay Boulevard median gardens and the Bison Prairie Gateway on Midvale Blvd. Not only has she dedicated thousands of hours to Madison Parks, but she also has an amazing spirit. Her optimism, enthusiasm and charm are contagious, and her infectious spirit has prompted younger people to get involved and volunteer in the neighborhood. Madison Parks is delighted to recognize Jean’s outstanding impact and influence.

Madison Parks Sponsor of the Year – Oscar Mayer/Kraft Foods

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer, along with the Goodman Center, Madison Parks, and the local community, came together on October 6, 2011 to build a new playground at Wirth Court Park in just one day with the help of 200 volunteers. In addition, Oscar Mayer is the official hot dog sponsor of Goodman Pool. To achieve official hot dog status, Oscar Mayer donated 5,000 pounds of their famous franks to the Pool.  Furthermore they have donated hot dogs to support Ride the Drive.


Madison Parks Partner of the Year – The Madison Police Department

The partnership between the Madison Police Department and the Madison Parks Department is at the essence of community policing. Together we have been able to successfully work on a number of important initiatives to include improvements at Olin Park, Vilas Park, and Brittingham Park. In addition, this partnership has helped keep the peace at large events like Rhythm & Booms, and downtown demonstrations. Another key partnership has been our collaboration and support of our Park Ranger program. Madison Parks has enjoyed our partnership with this respected organization.