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.
Important information for 2013:
This new beautiful pavilion is available for rental from March 30 to December 2, 2013. That is a longer season than all of the other reservable shelters.
In the spring of 2013, there will be construction on N. Thornton Ave (the 'driveway' from Sherman Ave to the shelter) from March 25 - May 25. There will only be access to the shelter on the weekends beginning at 3p.m. on Fridays. On the weekends parking will only be available in the parking lot - not along the construction route of Thornton Avenue. During the week, there will be no access at all to the Tenney Park Shelter or the tennis courts via Thornton Ave. Tennis courts will be OPEN, however, you must walk across the park bridges to access them.
The bike path will have a re-route during this construction.