2025-2030 Park and Open Space Plan
February 8, 2024 Update
Come one, come all! The Park and Open Space Plan Open House dates are set!
Parks staff is working with a consultant planning team led by MSA Professional Services, Inc., to host a series of open houses to introduce the project and gather input from attendees. The open houses are drop-in sessions, held at various locations throughout the city in April and May. Participants may stop by anytime during the two-hour event, each held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
POSP Open House Drop-In SessionsView past project updates »
The City of Madison is updating the Park and Open Space Plan!
The purpose of the City of Madison Park and Open Space Plan is to guide and inform public parks policy and park facility decisions. The planning document is used by City Boards & Commissions, City agencies and staff, other agencies and municipalities, and interested residents and volunteers. It is developed by staff, professional consultants and volunteers. The plan seeks to be evidence-based and, as such, utilizes extensive public input, census data, park use records, and other monitoring databases. It is subject to public review and hearings and is adopted by the Board of Park Commissioners and Madison Common Council.
On October 30, 2018, the City of Madison Common Council adopted the 2018-2023 Park and Open Space Plan.
- The City of Madison owns over 280 parks totaling more than 5,700 acres of parkland and is responsible for maintenance of nearly 6,000 acres of public land. The Parks Division also plays a vital role in the development and policy making of over 1,000 acres of public land administered by the City of Madison Engineering for stormwater, bike paths and landfill purposes.
- The City of Madison parks are an integral component contributing to a quality living environment. Parks play a significant role in promoting community and contributing to the well-being and resilience of its residents.
- The Park and Open Space Plan (POSP) is updated periodically to adapt to and stay current with changing recreational trends, demographics, and park needs, as well as to reflect integration with the planning efforts of complementary City agencies, as well as, county and statewide efforts.
- The POSP satisfies DNR Chapter NR 50 and NR 51, Wisconsin administrative code requiring local municipalities to adopt a local comprehensive outdoor recreation plan to be eligible for several DNR administered funding programs.