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Tenney Park
Address:
1414 E. Johnson St.

Hours: 4:00am - 10:00pm
Park Type: Community
Acres: 37.07
Restroom: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Shoreline On: Lake Mendota & Yahara River

With its friendly atmosphere and impressive display of storybook scenery Tenney Park serves as a place to socialize, a peaceful recluse, and a place to just be.  It's an excellent place to watch boats launch, seagulls flock, let the children play at the park, or just catch up on some reading. Under the narrative trees share a picnic on the plush, green grass while enjoying the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Mendota. Tenney Park is also a fantastic place to toss out a line for fishing, swim at the beach, or play a game of one of your favorite sports such as soccer, softball, or volleyball. Take stroll down the winding paths by foot, by bicycle, or rollerblades. In the chilly winter months, after gliding across the frozen lagoon, rejuvenate with a snack in the warming shelter. With its beauty and versatility in every season, this historic park is sure to be a favorite throughout the year!

Alcohol is not allowed in this park.

The Tenney Locks are owned and operated by Dane County Parks.  It is open May - October. Please see the Dane County website for permit fee information and schedule.

The John Wall Family Pavilion has free city wifi.

 

Please note: the John Wall Family Pavilion in Tenney Park will not be available for reservations from July 6 to December 15, 2015 due to lagoon shoreline renovations.
 
Tenney Park Improvements: Beginning July 6, 2015
SHORELINE REHABILITATION, EAST JOHNSON STREET BIKE PATH RECONSTRUCTION AND RESTORATION LANDSCAPING
Tenney Park will undergo significant improvements starting July 2015. These improvements will include construction to address shoreline erosion along the lagoon, reconstruction of the East
Johnson Street bike path in Tenney Park, and substantial restoration landscaping as outlined below:
• SHORELINE REHABILITATION
This work includes shoreline improvements to address erosion and instability along the lagoon and to promote native shoreline. Construction will also include installation of cut limestone steps for
water access and other shoreline components to minimize erosion.
• EAST JOHNSON STREET BIKE PATH RECONSTRUCTION
This work includes reconstruction of the existing 8' wide bike path in Tenney Park that parallels East Johnson Street. The alignment will be similar to the existing alignment (with minor adjustments to
protect trees) and will increase the path width to 10'. This project will also include installation of three light poles with warm spectrum LED lights.
• RESTORATION LANDSCAPING
This work includes seeding, invasive plant removal and planting to restore the shoreline with native plants and shrubs. This will also include removal of over 300 ash trees. Ash trees will be replaced in 2016 with species that are reflective of the original historic plans. Several ash trees are available for adoption. For more information regarding adopting ash trees contact the East Parks Supervisor at 246-4508.

This project will have significant impacts on spring, summer and fall park use. Winter use of the park will not be affected.
WORK IN 2015 WILL INCLUDE:
Bike path reconstruction, grading along the shoreline, ash tree removals, invasive plant removals,
native seeding, and installation of cut limestone.
WORK IN 2016 WILL INCLUDE:
Landscaping restoration and maintenance including installation of shrubs and native shoreline
landscaping as well as tree planting to replace removed ash trees.

For additional details on the project, information regarding the public input process and updates on the construction schedule, please visit the Engineering Division webpage

For questions regarding the shoreline grading and bike path, contact:
City of Madison Engineering Division
(608) 266-4751

For questions regarding access to the park, proposed plantings, and ash tree removals contact:
City of Madison Parks Division
(608) 266-4711