Community Visioning Sessions – 2018 – 2022 Park & Open Space Plan

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2018-2022 Park and Open Space Plan Update

What do you love about Madison’s parks and open spaces?    What would you like to change?    What would improve them for future generations?

 

The City of Madison Parks Division is looking for input from the community to guide the 2018-2022 Park and Open Space Plan Update!  Madison Parks is hosting five visioning sessions to help define community values that will guide this plan update.

 

PLEASE REGISTER WITH EVENTBRITE FOR THE COMMUNITY VISIONING SESSIONS.

 

 

  • Community Visioning Session #2
    Monday, February 6, 2017
    5:30 – 8:00 PM
    Whitehorse Middle School – Library Media Center
    218 Schenk St.
    Madison, WI 53714

 

  • Community Visioning Session #3
    Monday, February 13, 2017
    5:30 – 8:00 PM
    The Village on Park – The Atrium Community Room
    2300 S. Park St.
    Madison, WI 53713

 

  • Community Visioning Session #4
    Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    5:30 – 8:00 PM
    Alicia Ashman Library
    733 N. High Point Rd.
    Madison, WI 53717

 

  • Community Visioning Session #5
    Thursday, March 23, 2017
    5:30 – 8:00 PM
    Central Library – Meeting Rooms 301 & 302
    201 W. Mifflin St.
    Madison, WI 53703

 

Attending any of the above meetings?  Please register with eventbrite for the community visioning sessions.

 

Find out more information, fill out an online comment card and sign up for project updates here:

https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/projects/2018-2022-park-open-space-plan.

 

Purpose

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The Park and Open Space Plan (POSP) is updated every five years to stay current with changing recreational trends, demographics, park needs, and to reflect integration with the planning efforts of complementary City agencies, as well as county and statewide efforts.  The Park and Open Space Plan examines overall park growth, land development, and is used as a planning document by City Boards & Commissions, City agencies and staff, other governments and agencies, and interested citizens and volunteers.

This plan seeks to be evidence-based and, as such, utilizes extensive public input, census data, park use records, geographic information systems mapping and other data informing databases. It is subject to public review and hearings and is adopted by the Board of Parks Commissioners and Common Council.

The POSP satisfies DNR Chapter NR 50 and NR 51, which is the  Wisconsin administrative code requiring local municipalities to adopt a local comprehensive outdoor recreation plan to be eligible for several DNR administered funding programs.  On May 15, 2012, the City of Madison Common Council adopted the 2012- 2017 Park and Open Space Plan PDF This PDF will open in a new window..


Share Your Ideas PDF This PDF will open in a new window.

What do you love most about Madison’s park and open spaces? What would you like to change?  What would improve them for future generations?We hope you will connect with us through one of the many opportunities to voice your ideas and values for the future of the park and open space system including:

  • COMMUNITY VISIONING SESSIONS

    Community meetings to share your ideas and vision for the future of the Madison Park system.
  • COMMUNITY THEMED EVENTS – COMING SOON!

    Engaging workshops focusing on specific themes pertaining to the future of the park system.

  • COMMENT CARDS

    A quick way to gain insight into how people in use parks in our community. Comment cards will be available online By clicking this link, you will be leaving the City of Madison website. until the release of the Community Wide Survey.

  • COMMUNITY WIDE SURVEY – COMING SOON!

  • SYSTEM FOR OBSERVING PLAY & RECREATION RECREATION IN COMMUNITIES (SOPARC)

    SOPARC By clicking this link, you will be leaving the City of Madison website. is a validated direct real-time observation tool for assessing  park and recreation areas. Madison Parks is currently running a pilot assessment with community volunteers, neighborhood associations and Friends of groups, to gather observation data for Vilas, Elver, Warner, and James Madison Park.  For more information contact coleksiak@cityofmadison.com.

  • RECREATION LEAGUE SURVEY

    The City of Madison is asking for feedback from the over 160 organizations that reserve or heavily use Madison Parks Facilities.  Email parkandopenspaceplan@cityofmadison.com if your organization is interested in completing this survey.
  • IMAGINE MADISON

    Imagine Madison By clicking this link, you will be leaving the City of Madison website. is a unique public listening campaign, designed by the City of Madison alongside members of the community as part of the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan Update.

  • FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSIONS

    A collaborative project with the University of Wisconsin to identify park needs and concerns in specific communities.
  • NEIGHBORHOOD RESOURCE TEAMS

    Neighborhood Resource Teams comprised of city staff and community members serving specific neighborhoods.

 

 

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