Lottery Day, 2020 Shelter Reservations

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7:30am to 7:59am
City of Madison Parks Division
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, City-County Building, Suite 104
Madison, WI 53703

ANNUAL LOTTERY DAY: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
WHAT IS LOTTERY DAY?  This is the first day you may make a shelter reservation for the following year. Held typically on the 2nd Tuesday in November, the day begins with in-person reservations (see below), and follows with phone-in and online reservations.

  • Beginning at 7:30am and ending promptly at 7:59am, each party wishing to reserve a park shelter is given a numbered lottery ticket. The distribution takes place in the lobby of the City-County Building, outside the Parks Administrative Office (210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Rm. 104)
    • Due to the random drawing process, arriving prior to 7:30am is not recommended or necessary. The building is locked until 7:30am.
    • Only ONE lottery ticket is given to each party reserving a shelter. Failure to abide by this rule may forfeit your eligibility in the Lottery Day process.
  • Beginning at 8:00am, random lottery tickets are drawn. This order establishes when reservations are processed.
    • If you arrive after the drawing begins, you will need to wait until the Lottery Day process is complete before you may place your reservation. 
  • Cash, checks or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa) are accepted for your full payment, which is due at the time of processing your reservation, along with any required permits
  • Dates NOT available due to long-standing annual Special Events (posted on or before November 1).
  • Cancellation Policy: Reservations made during the Lottery Day process will receive only a 50% refund up until 10 days prior to the reservation. Within 10 days, no refunds are provided.
Event Cost: Free
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Pre-Registration?: No
American Sign Language (ASL) Provided?: No

Last Updated : 05/09/2019
Agency: Parks