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Created in 1983, the People for Parks program encourages citizens to take an active role in the maintenance and enhancement of our parks. Donated funds for specific projects are matched, allowing increased flexibility. Contributions of parkland, benches and trees have enhanced our parks. Stewardship efforts are visible through Earth Day clean ups, tree mulching, hiking trail repair, planting and weeding gardens, prairie seed collecting and assistance at special events. These activities involve individuals, community organizations, businesses, school groups and neighborhood associations throughout the community.

We have ongoing projects throughout the year that are coordinated by volunteers in our parks. Volunteer days are occur in various parks around the city.

View the complete list of Current Volunteer Projects.

All volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Registration & Release form when volunteering in Madison Parks.


Please fill out and return:

OR Fax: Parks Division Office at: (608) 267-1162
OR Mail: City of Madison Parks Division, c/o. Tracey Hartley, P.O. Box 2987, Madison, WI 53701-2987

Questions? Email

Find out more information about our various volunteer programs and ways to get involved.

Each year, Madison Parks hosts an awards banquet to recognize the dedicated volunteers who devote their time and efforts to keeping Madison’s parks beautiful.

Find out more information on past award winners and how you can nominate an individual or group: