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posted May 6, 2015 8:29 AM

Field Updates: How to Know
The best and ONLY way to know if your field is open for play is to call the Rainout Line (608)267-8787. Weekdays the line will be updated by 2:00pm, weekends and holidays the line will be updated by 9:00am. The line will be updated if fields are questionable, if no update by times listed, fields are open for play.

The City of Madison Parks Division offers a variety of quality athletic fields, such as softball, baseball, soccer, football, volleyball and tennis courts. The facilities range from the premiere and highly maintained facilities for leagues to the unlined fields meant for family and friends to organize a pick-up game.

Many, but not all, of the Madison Parks Division facilities are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, at no charge. The Madison Parks Division suggests you first contact Madison Parks about what fields and facilities are available.

Please note: All organized groups must reserve fields through Madison Parks.

Tournaments & Leagues
If you are planning to organize a tournament, you must fill out the Special Event in a Park packet. If you are planning to start a new league, you must first talk to Madison Parks to discuss your proposal, as well as discuss the reservation fees.

Process for Facility & Field Reservation

Step 1

Contact Madison Parks to discuss your reservation, and perhaps find a facility that is open on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Step 2

If you choose to reserve a facility or field, a Recreational Field Application will need to be completed for your reservation.

However, if you are planning to organize a tournament, you must complete a Madison Parks Event Packet and will be charged a Special Event fee.

Step 3

Submit your completed application to email.

It is important to note that priority access is given to groups with pre-approved written agreements with the City of Madison Parks Division. Therefore, there are very few available dates in the spring and fall at certain locations. Reservation requests are taken in the order received after the needs of these agreements are met.


Some facilities must be reserved to be used. The first four facilities listed are premiere locations and do have higher maintenance fees. Some fields have lights and fees are applied to reservations at these locations.

NOTE: Reservations are made for the duration of time user groups will be at the fields, so be sure to specify when the fields are needed. This allows Madison Parks to schedule fields for other users. Lighting fees begin when lights are turned on until when the lights are turned off.

  • Breese Stevens: Contact Big Top Events to schedule, (608) 509-3367 or email.
  • Bowman Baseball: $50/hour (3 hour minimum)
  • Warner Park Baseball: Contact Madison Mallards to schedule, (608) 246-4277
  • or email.
  • Warner Park Soccer #1 & Football #2: $100/hour (2 hour minimum); $50 each additional hour
  • Softball diamonds: $60/4 hour block (includes game prep) or $15/hour (no game prep)
  • Game prep includes dragging and lining the diamond. Game prep is available between games for an additional charge of $25/hour for labor
  • Tennis, pickleball, basketball courts: $5/hour for less than 4 hours or $15/4 hour block
  • Volleyball courts: $5/hour (less than 4 hours) or $15/4 hour block; $45 for raking the court
  • Cricket pitch at Reindahl park: $15/2 hour block
  • Ultimate Frisbee: $30/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • Soccer, Flag football, Lacrosse, and Hockey rinks: $25/hour (2 hour minimum)
  • Other services available upon request


  • Baseball at Warner & Bowman: $15/quarter hour
  • Football at Warner: $15/quarter hour
  • Soccer at Warner: $15/quarter hour
  • Softball & Hockey: $5/quarter hour


  • Annual administrative scheduling fee (charged on first reservation of season): $25/year
  • A minimum 50% down payment must be paid prior to the first event date. Full payment must be received within two weeks after the last reservation.
  • Reservation cancel/change (depending on when the notice is received): minimum of $25
  • Amplified sound (for amplification other than game announcements): $50 per day
  • Temporary structure: $100 per structure, per day
  • Alcohol permit (at alcohol free parks only): $50 per day
  • Vending permit: $275 per vendor
  • Damage: $50/hour plus cost of materials
  • Key/Field damage deposit for all Recreational Field Reservations: $500 (refundable)
  • Reservations requested for Breese Stevens and Warner Baseball must be made by contacting Big Top Events or Madison Mallards, contact information listed above.
  • If inclement weather prevents you from using a reserved field, the user group must contact Madison Parks within 5 business days to reschedule. Failure to do so will forfeit your credit for a new date and you will be billed for the reservation.

Fields Available for reservation

Softball diamonds

Softball bases / equipment may be rented from Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR),
(608) 204-1600.

Soccer fields


Tennis courts

Rennebohm & Tenney Park have lights, which are free of charge. All other tennis courts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for pick-up matches. When courts are reserved, at least one court must be left available for pick-up play. Please note that all tennis leagues and all tennis instructors must pay for a reservation, no matter the location.

Basketball & Volleyball courts

Basketball & Volleyball courts are all available on a first-come, first-serve basis, unless you are planning a new league or tournament or want exclusive use of it.