Last Updated: 12/19/2017

Madison Parks Wants Your Help in Designing Camar Park and North Star Park Expansion!

Parks staff met with the neighborhood to discuss master planning for Camar Park together with North Star Park expansion on 12/4 at City of Madison Fire Station #13.  At the session, attendees reviewed opportunities at each of the new park sites, answered questions regarding their preferences and priorities for items to include in the parks and worked as groups to place amenities on a scaled plan for the sites.

Materials from this session can be found at the links, below.  Several attendees at the session also expressed interest in the possibility of re-naming Camar Park - which can certainly be done.  The recommended method to move a candidate name forward for review and approval by the Board of Park Commissioners would be to discuss and build consensus among neighborhood residents at a neighborhood association meeting and/or via poll on Next Door (or similar) listserv.  Communicating the candidate names to District 3 Alder Amanda Hall is also recommended.  The Park Naming Policy adopted by the Board of Park Commissioners in 2009 is also included, below.

As part of the master planning process, Parks has issued a survey - which will also be sent (via hardcopy) to all residents within a 1/2 mile radius of the park in early January and a link will be emailed directly to those who attended the first master plan meeting (see above).
Results of the survey will be posted to this website, when the responses received by the due date of February 1, 2018, have been compiled.

Future Meetings

Parks anticipates that a follow-up meeting will be held in early spring 2018 to review draft master plans before they go to the Board of Park Commissioners for approval.  Notifications for the future meeting will be posted to this site as well as in the parks and to Parks social media accounts.  All individuals interested in plans for the respective parks to provide comments or input on the plans.  If you have questions or comments but were unable to attend the first meeting, please contact Kate Kate at (608) 261-9671 or at

In 2014,3.47 acres of public parkland were dedicated to the City of Madison as part of the Grandview Commons development.  This undeveloped parcel is now Camar Park but needs input from the surrounding (and rapidly growing) neighborhood regarding the specific amenities to be located at the park.

Previously developed North Star Park, located just to the south of the Camar Park parcel, was expanded by several acres in 2014 - offering new opportunities for amenities at this location as well.   With both of these exciting additions to the Madison Parks system, it is now time to master plan Camar Park and the North Star Park expansion!  The planning process for both locations will follow the City of Madison Master Plan Policy.pdf. Parks staff will hold at least two public input meetings and issue an online survey to gather input from the community on the future of the Parks. Once the Master Plans have been developed with input from the neighborhood, the plans will go to the Board of Park Commissioners for approval.