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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.


Sept. 2014 - The City of Madison is Rebuilding the Parking Lot at Tenney Park Beach
The City of Madison Parks Division is rebuilding the parking lot at Tenney Park beach.  The lot was constructed to 1970's standards (stall sizes were larger and drop off lanes were part of the design), with no provision for proper accessible parking.  The project will eliminate 40% of the impervious (asphalt) surface of the existing parking lot with the loss of only 5 parking stalls out of the original 34 stalls.  The parking lot will stay in the same location as it's close in proximity to the beach house and the play equipment and provides easy access to the lake for persons wishing to drop off canoes or kayaks.   
In addition to the 40% reduction in pavement, Parks is installing a constructed wetland area adjacent to the new parking lot that will pre-treat the storm water runoff from the parking lot.  This project is part of our ongoing efforts to reduce impervious surface in our parks and runoff into our lakes.  Construction will begin mid-September and should be completed by mid-October 2014.  If you have questions, please call Tom Maglio at 266-6518.