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Alder Bill Tishler

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Alder Bill Tishler

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Home Address:

P.O Box 5252

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Tishler’s Blog

Madison Parks Amenity Updates

May 19, 2020 2:55 PM


On May 18, 2020, Public Health Madison & Dane County announced the Forward Dane Plan, a plan for the phased reopening of Dane County during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the current Emergency Order #2 PDF , tennis and pickleball courts and disc golf courses may begin opening May 19 with restrictions and adjustments. The system-wide reopening of these facilities is anticipated to take up to three days to complete. We appreciate your patience during this time. 

All Madison Parks remain open. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, a number of adjustments and closures are in place until further notice. The Parks Resource Page will be updated as new information is received. (Updated 05/19/2020).  


The following services are open. Help us keep these park amenities open by following the guidelines as outlined and posted onsite including safe social distancing and avoiding direct contact with common touchpoints.

Tennis and Pickleball Courts

  • Only two individuals per court at a time.
  • Play is limited to every other court.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between people outside of your household at all times.
  • Do not touch or share equipment or game balls.
  • Do not leave trash behind!
  • Consider wearing a face-covering.
  • Use hand sanitizer and avoid touching common touchpoints such as gate, nets, etc.
  • No organized group tennis: including lessons, team practices, or matches.

Disc Golf

  • Purchase and show proof of a daily or annual permit.
  • Available online only:
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between people.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times unless the players are from the same household.
  • Do not gather in groups or congregate before or after play.
  • Max 4 players per hole.
  • Retrieve disc without touching the basket
  • Do not share equipment.
  • Do not leave trash behind!
  • Consider wearing a face-covering.
  • Use hand sanitizer.

Paths and Trails

Tips for Walking and Running

  • When in busy areas, walk single file lines or with just one child when out with household members. 

  • Avoid stopping on the path as it makes it hard for other users to pass safely, step off to an area off the path. 

  • When walking with your dog, please keep it under control and away from other users.

Tips for Bicycling and Rolling

  • Ride cautiously and within your ability level. 
  • Do not forget to let others know you are passing. 
  • Only pass when you can maintain 6 feet of distance from other users. 
  • Do not pass in between people walking in opposite directions. 
  • No group riding or rolling with people outside your household.
  • When active with household members, keep your group small. 

Off-Leash Dog Parks 

  • Don't touch entry gate, bag stations, trashcans, or other surfaces with your bare hands. Use gloves or cover your hand with a dog waste bag first. 
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6-feet between people, don't gather in groups, and don't pet other dogs. 
  • After leaving the dog park, use hand sanitizer. Wash your hands when you get home.
  • Purchase daily or annual permit online only. Onsite kiosks are temporarily unavailable.

Community Gardens 

  • Gardeners should practice social distancing and bring their own tools.

More information: Dept. of Health Services 

Boat Launches 

  • Piers are installed at Marshall, Olbrich, Olin, Tenney and Warner and may be used with the following precautions:
    • One person per pier.
    • Use gloves, and hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes for any common touchpoints.
    • Purchase daily or annual permit online only. Onsite kiosks are temporarily unavailable.

Golf Courses

All four City courses are open with adjustments. Learn more about what to expect and how to reserve.

See PARKS RESOURCE PAGE to view closures, additional information and recommendations. 


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