Last Updated: 03/15/2017

Warner Park Shelter
The Community Survey is now available!  Please follow the link to participate in this city-wide survey. The survey will close on March 24.

The City of Madison Parks Division is excited to announce the dates and locations for Five Community Visioning Sessions!  These meetings will provide valuable opportunities for community members to help define the community values, vision and goals that will guide the next phase of Madison’s Park and Open Space Plan.

Please register for any or all of these free meetings at EVENTBRITE! Those who do not/are unable to register through Eventbrite are welcome to attend. 

Sessions will begin with a half-hour informal open house from 5:30-6:00 PM and include highly interactive presentations, discussions and exercises from 6:00-8:00 PM. 

Click here to see the Community Visioning Session presentation.

  • Community Visioning Session #1
    Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Warner Park Community Recreation Center
    1625 Northport Drive
    Madison, WI 53704
  • Community Visioning Session #2
    Monday, February 6, 2017
    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Whitehorse Middle School - Library Media Center
    218 Schenk St.
    Madison, WI 53714
  • Community Visioning Session #3
    Monday, February 13, 2017
    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    The Village on Park - The Atrium Community Room
    2300 S. Park St.
    Madison, WI 53713
  • Community Visioning Session #4
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Alicia Ashman Library
    733 N. High Point Rd.
    Madison, WI 53717
  • Community Visioning Session #5
    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    5:30 - 8:00 PM
    Central Library - Meeting Rooms 301&302
    201 W. Mifflin St.
    Madison, WI 53703



The Park and Open Space Plan (POSP) is updated every five years to stay current with changing recreational trends, demographics, park needs, and to reflect integration with the planning efforts of complementary City agencies, as well as county and statewide efforts.  The Park and Open Space Plan examines overall park growth, land development, and is used as a planning document by City Boards & Commissions, City agencies and staff, other governments and agencies, and interested citizens and volunteers. 
This plan seeks to be evidence-based and, as such, utilizes extensive public input, census data, park use records, geographic information systems mapping and other data informing databases. It is subject to public review and hearings and is adopted by the Board of Parks Commissioners and Common Council.  

The POSP satisfies DNR Chapter NR 50 and NR 51, which is the  Wisconsin administrative code requiring local municipalities to adopt a local comprehensive outdoor recreation plan to be eligible for several DNR administered funding programs.  On May 15, 2012, the City of Madison Common Council adopted the 2012- 2017 Park and Open Space Plan.

Share Your Ideas

What do you love most about Madison's park and open spaces? What would you like to change?  What would improve them for future generations? 

We hope you will connect with us through one of the many opportunities to voice your ideas and values for the future of the park and open space system including:



    Community meetings to share your ideas and vision for the future of the Madison Park system.

    Engaging workshops focusing on specific themes pertaining to the future of the park system.


    A quick way to gain insight into how people in use parks in our community. Comment cards were distributed at community events, public meetings, libraries, and community/neighborhood centers. They were also available online


    SOPARC is a validated direct real-time observation tool for assessing  park and recreation areas. Madison Parks is currently running a pilot assessment with community volunteers, neighborhood associations and Friends of groups, to gather observation data for Vilas, Elver, Warner, and James Madison Park.  For more information contact


    The City of Madison is asking for feedback from the over 160 organizations that reserve or heavily use Madison Parks Facilities.  Email if your organization is interested in completing this survey.

    Imagine Madison is a unique public listening campaign, designed by the City of Madison alongside members of the community as part of the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Update.


    A collaborative project with the University of Wisconsin to identify park needs and concerns in specific communities.

    Neighborhood Resource Teams comprised of city staff and community members serving specific neighborhoods.