Update on Athletic Field Conditions

posted October 9, 2017 1:21 PM

ATHLETIC FIELDS: OPEN OR CLOSED? Rainout Line (608)267-8787
The best and ONLY way to know if a park field is open for play is to call the Rainout Line (608)267-8787. Weekdays the line will be updated by 2:00pm, weekends and holidays the line will be updated by 9:00am. The line will be updated if fields are questionable, if no update by the times listed, fields are open for play. Fields that are closed for maintenance are listed on the website and NOT listed on the rainout line.

Athletic Field & Court Reservations

The City of Madison Parks Division offers a variety of quality athletic fields, such as softball, baseball, soccer, football, volleyball and tennis courts. The facilities range in amenities, locations and pricing.

Many, but not all, of the Madison Parks Division facilities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend contacting Madison Parks prior to planning any activities on fields or courts to check availability.

Fields Closed For Maintenance

Fields listed as closed for maintenance are under rehabilitation to improve playing conditions. During this rehab period, maintenance efforts are increased and may include: overseeding, herbicide treatments, aerification, fertilizer applications, among other methods.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All organized groups and those requesting exclusive use must make a reservation.

Fields and Courts Available for Reservation

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Contact Big Top Events to schedule, (608) 509-3367 or email.

Baseball Fields

The baseball diamonds are programmed with youth and adult league play. If you would like to reserve a field or facility, please call the Athletic Scheduler at (608) 266-4711.

  • Warner Park Baseball: Contact Madison Mallards to schedule, (608) 246-4277 or email.
  • Bowman Baseball - $50/hour (3-hour minimum); includes game prep

Basketball Courts

Basketball courts are all available on a first-come, first-serve basis, unless you are planning a new league or tournament or want exclusive use.

  • $15/4-hour block or $5/hour for less than 4 hours.

Cricket Fields

The cricket field is programmed with club play. If you would like to reserve a field or facility, please call the Athletic Scheduler at (608) 266-4711.

  • $15/2-hour block

Football Fields

Many of the football fields are programmed with youth and adult league play. If you would like to reserve a field or facility, please call the Athletic Scheduler at (608) 266-4711.

  • Warner Park Football #2 - $100/hour (2 hour minimum); $50 each addition hour
  • $25/hour (2-hour minimum)

Lacrosse Fields

Many of the athletic fields are programmed with youth and adult league play. If you would like to reserve a field or facility, please call the Athletic Scheduler at (608 )266-4711.

  • $25/hour (2-hour minimum)

Open Fields

Madison Parks are a unique blend of active recreation and passive recreation spaces. Open Fields are just that - open, not pre-designed as a softball diamond, or football field and ready for your imagination. Available on a first-come, first-served basis for pick-up play or reserved for league play.

  • Contact the Athletic Scheduler for price information at (608) 266-4711.

Pickleball Courts

A number of tennis courts are lined for playing pickleball. Six dedicated pickleball courts opened in 2016 at Garner Park!

  • $15/4-hour block or $5/hour for less than 4 hours

Soccer Fields

Many of the soccer fields are programmed with youth and adult league play. If you would like to reserve a field or facility, please call the Athletic Scheduler at (608) 266-4711.

  • Warner Soccer #1 - $50/hour (3-hour minimum)
  • $25/hour (2-hour minimum)

Softball/Kickball Diamonds

Many of the softball diamonds are programmed with youth and adult league play. If you are looking to join a league, please contact Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR) or by calling (608) 204-3000.

  • $60/4-hour block (includes game prep) or $15/hour (no game prep)
  • $25/hour for game prep between games

Tennis Courts

Madison Parks has over 90 tennis courts. Most are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. When courts are reserved, at least one must be left available for pick-up play. Please note that all tennis leagues and all tennis instructors must reserve the court, no matter the location by calling (608)266-4711.

  • $15/4-hour block or $5/hour for less than 4 hours

Ultimate Fields

Ultimate, originally known at ultimate frisbee, is a non-contact team sport played with a flying disc. Contact MUFA (Madison Ultimate Frisbee Association) for league information.

  • $30/hour (2-hour minimum)

Volleyball Courts

Volleyball courts are all available on a first-come, first-serve basis, unless you are planning a new league or tournament or want exclusive use of it.

  • $15/4-hour block or $5/hour for less than 4 hours
  • $45 for court raking

Tournaments & Leagues

If you are planning to organize a tournament, you must fill out the Special Event in a Park packet. If you are planning to start a new league, you must first talk to Madison Parks to discuss your proposal, as well as discuss the reservation fees.

Process for Facility & Field Reservation

Step 1

Contact Madison Parks to discuss your reservation, and perhaps find a facility that is open on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Step 2

If you choose to reserve a facility or field, a Recreational Field Application will need to be completed for your reservation.

Step 3

Submit your completed application to email.

It is important to note that priority access is given to groups with pre-approved written agreements with the City of Madison Parks Division. Therefore, there are very few available dates in the spring and fall at certain locations. Reservation requests are taken in the order received after the needs of these agreements are met.

Pricing

General Reservation Fees are listed with each field/court type. Additional Fees can be found below. Contact the Athletic Scheduler (608) 266-4713 with any questions regarding pricing.

NOTE: Reservations are made for the duration of time user groups will be at the fields, so be sure to specify when the fields are needed. This allows Madison Parks to schedule fields for other users.

Lighting Charges

Lighting fees begin when lights are turned on until when the lights are turned off.

  • Baseball at Warner & Bowman: $15/quarter hour
  • Football at Warner: $15/quarter hour
  • Soccer at Warner: $15/quarter hour
  • Softball & Hockey: $5/quarter hour

Additional Fees/Policies

  • Annual administrative scheduling fee (charged on first reservation of season): $25/year
  • A minimum 50% down payment must be paid prior to the first event date.
  • Full payment must be received within two weeks after the last reservation.
  • Reservation cancel/change (depending on when the notice is received): minimum of $25
  • Amplified sound (for amplification other than game announcements): $50 per day
  • Temporary structure: $100 per structure, per day
  • Alcohol permit (at alcohol free parks only): $50 per day
  • Vending permit: $275 per vendor
  • Damage: $50/hour plus cost of materials
  • Key/Field damage deposit for all Recreational Field Reservations: $500 (refundable)
  • Failure to do so will forfeit your credit for a new date and you will be billed for the reservation.

Rainout Line

  • The best and ONLY way to know if your field is open for play is to call the Rainout Line (608) 267-8787. Weekdays the line will be updated by 2:00pm, weekends and holidays the line will be updated by 9:00am. The line will be updated if fields are questionable, if no update by times listed, fields are open for play.
  • Charges may be administered for damages if the rainout line states that fields are closed and they are used.
  • If inclement weather prevents you from using a reserved athletic space, the user group must contact Madison Parks within 5 business days to reschedule.