Dog Free Parks
Leashed and licensed dogs are allowed in most Madison parks, but NOT all. There are a few notable exceptions listed and mapped on this page. Dog Free Parks allow visitors to enjoy a space to recreate or relax without the presence of dogs.NOTE: If you are bringing your leashed and licensed dog to a park that allows dogs -- Dogs must be on a leash that is no more than 6 feet long, non-retractable, and held by a person at all times. See MGO 8.19 for more information.
In early 2020 Madison Common Council approved the revised ordinance (MGO 8.19) allowing dogs, on-leash in most Madison Parks. The following locations prohibit dogs and are approved by the Board of Park Commissioners (initial file 59475) and as such, locations can and may change as we continue to implement the policy.
Dogs in Parks Status Designation
All Madison parks have either a dog-friendly or dog-free designation. To request a change in the current dog designation, or request for the current designation to remain as is, please complete and submit the below form. Request forms submitted on or before October 15 will be reviewed at the November Board of Park Commissioners meeting. Online Dogs in Parks Status Designation
In addition, a number of locations continue to prohibit dogs.
- Conservation parks
- Burial mounds
- City of Madison Golf Courses (during the golf season)
- Olbrich Botanical Gardens
- Playgrounds and areas within 20 feet of a playground surface
- Splash parks, fenced areas(s) surrounding a splash park, and areas within 20 feet of the splash park surface
- Goodman Pool and Breese Stevens Field (except for special events where dogs are specifically invited)
- Programmed sports fields and facilities that are enclosed or substantially enclosed by a fence, whether in use or not
- Programmed, non-fenced sports fields such as soccer, ultimate fields or softball/baseball diamonds while they are in use for programmed activities
- Inside of shelters or other buildings
- Groomed cross-country ski trails
- In the water or on the beach at designated beach locations
- Park special events except where the sponsor has requested to allow dogs, with the Park Superintendent's approval
Aldo Leopold Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Aldo Leopold Park
Location: 2906 Traceway Dr.
B.B. Clarke Beach Park - Dog Free ParkPark: B.B. Clarke Beach Park
Location: 835 Spaight St.
Badger Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Badger Park
Location: 418 Burdette Ct.
Bernie's Beach Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Bernie's Beach Park
Location: 901 Gilson St.
Brentwood Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Brentwood Park
Location: 1402 Mac Pherson St.
Churchill Heights Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Churchill Heights Park
Location: 4402 Di Loreto Ave.
Doncaster Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Doncaster Park
Location: 4335 Doncaster Dr.
Dudgeon School Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Dudgeon School Park
Location: 3200 Monroe St.
Eken Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Eken Park
Location: 2407 Coolidge St.
Elmside Circle Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Elmside Circle Park
Location: 500 Elmside Blvd.
Esther Beach ParkPark: Esther Beach Park
Location: 2802 Waunona Way
Fisher Street Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Fisher Street Park
Location: 835 Fisher St.
Galaxy Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Galaxy Park
Location: 132 Milky Way
Haen Family Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Haen Family Park
Location: 7702 Tree Ln.
Honeysuckle Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Honeysuckle Park
Location: 280 N. Thompson Dr.
Hudson Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Hudson Park
Location: 2919 Lakeland Ave.
Kingston - Onyx Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Kingston - Onyx Park
Location: 334 Garnet Ln.
Kingswood Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Kingswood Park
Location: 17 Kingswood Cir.
Lake View Heights Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Lake View Heights Park
Location: 1621 Sunfield Dr.
Mayfair Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Mayfair Park
Location: 1102 Mendota St.
Meadowood Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Meadowood Park
Location: 5800 Thrush Ln.
Merrill Springs Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Merrill Springs Park
Location: 5102 Spring Ct.
Morrison Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Morrison Park
Location: 1451 Morrison St.
Olive Jones Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Olive Jones Park (Randall School)
Location: 1810 Regent St.
Period Gardens - Dog Free ParkPark: Period Gardens
Location: 110 E. Gorham St.
Quarry Cove Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Quarry Cove Park
Location: 3333 Bradbury Ct.
Reston Heights Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Reston Heights Park
Location: 217 Summertown Dr.
Sauk Creek Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Sauk Creek Park
Location: 402 N. High Point Rd.
Sheridan Triangle Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Sheridan Triangle Park
Location: 1301 Farragut St.
William Slater Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Slater (William) Park
Location: 561 S. Segoe Rd.
Stevens Street Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Stevens Street Park
Location: 2710 Stevens St.
Sugar Maple Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Sugar Maple Park
Location: 252 Sugar Maple Lane
Veterans Memorial Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Veterans Memorial Park
Location: 4601 Star Spangled Trl.
Westport Meadows Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Westport Meadows Park
Location: 4338 Beilfuss Dr.
Zook Park - Dog Free ParkPark: Zook Park
Location: 950 Pontiac Trl.
- B-cycle Station
- Boat Launch
- Boat Mooring
- Botanical Garden
- Canoe & Kayak Launch Sites
- Canoe & Kayak Rental
- Canoe & Kayak Storage
- Conservation Park
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Disc Golf
- Dog Free Park
- Dog Off-Leash Park
- Forest Hill Cemetery
- Historical Feature
- Ice Skating
- Open Field
- Parking Lot
- Picnic Shelter
- Recreation Center
- Scenic Overlook
- Shelter - Reservable
- Skate Park
- Slacklining and Hammocking
- Splash Park
- Ultimate Frisbee