Tenney Park - Beach Shelter Replacement

Last Updated: 03/22/2023

Madison Parks, in conjunction with City Engineering and Dane County, will be replacing the existing beach shelter and is considering installing a clean beach treatment system at Tenney Park

The beach shelter is proposed to be the Madison Parks prototype shelter which has been constructed at Lake Edge ParkEsther Beach ParkOlbrich ParkPenn Park and most recently at Warner Park.   The beach shelter replacement project was approved as part of the City of Madison's adopted Capital Budget and was originally proposed to be constructed beginning in fall of 2021; however the delay in delivery of the clean beach system (including the wave impact attenuation system) to Warner Park necessitated holding the project at Tenney Park so that Parks Operations staff can have adequate time to implement and maintain the system prior to its use at other locations.

The project is anticipated to be bid in 2023, with construction beginning in late fall and continuing through early summer 2024. 

When construction on the project begins, the beach at Tenney may be closed for the duration or a significant portion of the swimming season.  Notice will be posted to this page and to the alder/neighborhood association when definitive construction dates are known.


A public meeting to review and discuss the project was held on February 16, 2021 via Zoom.  At this meeting staff from Parks, Engineering Facilities and consultant Destree Design Architects presented information on the site existing conditions, clean beach treatment system and options for the shelter's color palette.  As part of the discussion, attendees at the session asked for staff to research as a possible color option the original color of the nearby Ferry building (located on the corner of Marston Ave and Sherman Ave). 

Following the meeting, staff enlisted the services of an historic paint investigator who determined that the original color was a dark green referenced by the Tarrytown Green color as currently manufactured by Benjamin Moore.  This information, together with a stone sample (Kasota stone) more closely matching the historic stone on the bridges as shared with attendees and the Tenney Lapham Neighborhood Association, who voted to use both in the design moving forward.  As such, an updated rendering showing the building with these features is included below.

Via Zoom 2/16/2021 @6pm

Please note: this meeting was not recorded

For more information and status updates please visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/engineering/projects/tenney-park-beach-shelter