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Tenney Park
1414 East Johnson Street

Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm
Park Type: Community
Acres: 37.07
Restroom: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Shoreline On: Lake Mendota & Yahara River

With its friendly atmosphere and impressive display of storybook scenery Tenney Park serves as a place to socialize, a peaceful recluse, and a place to just be.  It's an excellent place to watch boats launch, seagulls flock, let the children play at the park, or just catch up on some reading. Under the narrative trees share a picnic on the plush, green grass while enjoying the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Mendota. Tenney Park is also a fantastic place to toss out a line for fishing, swim at the beach, or play a game of one of your favorite sports such as soccer, softball, or volleyball. Take stroll down the winding paths by foot, by bicycle, or rollerblades. In the chilly winter months, after gliding across the frozen lagoon, rejuvenate with a snack in the warming shelter. With its beauty and versatility in every season, this historic park is sure to be a favorite throughout the year!

Alcohol is not allowed in this park.

The Tenney Locks are owned and operated by Dane County Parks.  It is open May - October. Please see the Dane County website for permit fee information and schedule.

The John Wall Family Pavilion has free city wifi.


Tenney Park Beach Playground Public Input Meeting
The City of Madison Parks Division will have a public input meeting to discuss the proposed playground improvements adjacent to the bathhouse at Tenney Park. At this meeting, City staff will discuss the project and seek input on the playground design. 
Wednesday October 15th @ 6:00 P.M.
John Wall Family Pavilion
402 N Thornton Avenue
Madison, WI
You are invited to attend this meeting to provide comments or input on the proposed project.  If you have questions or comments but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Sarah Lerner at (608) 261-4281 or at