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James Madison Park
614 E. Gorham St.

Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm
Park Type: Community
Acres: 12.63
Restroom: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Shoreline On: Lake Mendota

Located in downtown Madison, James Madison Park is no stranger to busy city life. Yet these twelve acres offer users an area ideally suited for refreshing the body and mind. The basketball courts, volleyball court, and playground are popular destinations for students and other isthmus residents. On nice days it's not uncommon to see at least a few pick-up games of soccer and Frisbee in the open grassy area. Other people, often with bikes laying next to them and heads propped up with backpacks or briefcases, come to the park to nap, read and unwind from the day's stress under the big shade trees. The park is also home to the historical Gates of Heaven Synagogue, which provides a beautiful location for weddings and other gatherings and complements the park's peaceful atmosphere. Whether you're in the mood for a friendly volleyball match or just a break from city life, treat yourself to a visit to James Madison Park.

Alcohol is not allowed in this park.

Alternate address; 728 East Gorham Street.
James Madison Park Visitor Survey
The City of Madison Parks Division is assessing user needs for James Madison Park and would like your input. The assessment process started with a well-attended public input meeting held last fall. Now we are moving forward with a broader outreach to the surrounding community. The Parks Division has prepared a visitor survey that will help guide potential future development of James Madison Park. Your input regarding the park's current and future recreational opportunities is requested.
We invite you to visit the survey website at to complete the visitor questionnaire for James Madison Park. The survey must be completed by November 28, 2014 for inclusion in the assessment process.
If you do not have access to the website, or prefer to answer the survey on paper, printed versions will be available at the Madison Central Library, located at 201 W Mifflin St, and at the Madison Children's Museum located at 100 N Hamilton St. Please ask for the survey forms at the reception desk. Completed surveys can be returned at the Central Library or at the City of Madison Parks office, located at 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Rm 104.
Thank you in advance for completing the survey and we look forward to working together on improvements for James Madison Park.