Parks in Madison

In a 2-mile radius around my home in Madison, Wisconsin there are 36 parks. I’m going to visit them all. This is the first leg:

  • Demetral Park
  • Filene Park
  • Tenney Park
  • Burrows Park
  • Burr Jones Park
  • Emerson East Park

Demetral Park

Demetral Park – 601 N. Sixth St. | First stop on my park trip in Madison, WI: Perfect start to my day.

Filene Park

Filene Park – 1610 Sherman Ave. | Second stop on my Madison, WI park trip: On the shore of Lake Wingra. Nice and peaceful.

Tenney Park

Tenney Park – 1414 E. Johnson St. | Third stop on my Madison, WI park trip: huuuge Tenney Park. It’s my goto park.

Check out this video:

Tenney Park

Burrows Park

Burrows Park – 25 Burrows Rd. | Fourth stop on my Madison, WI park trip: On the shore of Lake Mendota. Cool Native American effigy mound I’m learning more about.

Burr Jones Park

Burr Jones Park – 1820 E. Washington Ave. | Fifth stop on my Madison, WI park trip: Going to try the Yahara Bike river path soon!

Burr Jones Park

Emerson East Park

Emerson East Park – 1915 E. Johnson St. | Sixth stop on my Madison, WI park trip: Small but charming.

Emerson East Park

Second part of my Parks in Madison trip

Wow, I had so much fun biking to the first few parks. Just a part of the 36 round my home. For the next leg of visits, I’m going to:

  • Eken Park
  • Yahara Place Park
  • Hawthorne Park
  • Giddings Park
  • Morrison Park
  • Lakeland-Schiller Triangle Park
  • Wirth Court Park

Eken Park

Eken Park – 2407 Coolidge St. | Seventh stop on my Madison, WI park trip: Eken Park. Perfect for an afternoon stroll. This is older picture. Today’s picture would have been misty and sad. I like this one better 😊

Eken Park

Yahara River Parkway

Yahara River Parkway – 101 N. Thornton Ave. | Eighth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Great 12-mile paved trail for biking. One of my goto rides.

Yahara River Parkway

Picture taken in September. It’s kinda bleak now.

Hawthorne Park

Hawthorne Park – 220 Division St. | Ninth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. With a playground, walking trails, a dog park, and gardens. I’m loving the peaceful atmosphere. Obviously, an older picture.

Giddings Park

Giddings Park – 429 Castle Pl. | Tenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Beautiful shoreline, open spaces. I’m really enjoying discovering my city this way.

Found a great picture on google maps.

Morrison Park

Morrison Park – 1451 Morrison St. | Eleventh stop on my Madison, WI park trip. A 1.5-acre park, near the Yahara River, with a playground, open fields, and a bike path. I’m excited to explore the bike path with BF!

Morrison Park - 1451 Morrison St., Madison, WI

Lakeland-Schiller Triangle Park

Lakeland-Schiller Triangle Park – 651 Schiller Ct. | Twelfth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Exactly as described: a mini park. A nice slice of green, but not much more.

What Lakeland-Schiller Triangle Park looks like on a map. It's a triangle!

Wirth Court Park

Wirth Court Park – 2801 Saint Paul Ave. | Thirteenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. A cozy neighborhood park. Commonly referred to as the Hippo Park because of the Hippopotamus sculpture by Sid Boyum.

Third part of my Parks in Madison trip

Thirteen down, twenty parks to go! I didn’t expect to be so happily surprised with this adventure of discovery. Alright, not so much an adventure, but a lot of discovery!

The next parks I’m visiting are:

  • Breese Stevens Field
  • George Reger Park
  • McPike Park
  • Orton Park
  • Elmside Circle Park
  • Hudson Park

Breese Stevens Field

Breese Stevens Field – 917 E. Mifflin St. | Fourteenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Beautiful historic stadium. Home of the Forward Madison FC soccer club. One of my BFFs, who identifies as a Latina when it suits her, went there two years ago for the Viva Mexico Festival.

Viva Mexico Festival (2022)

George Reger Park

George Reger Park – 201 Oak St. | Fifteenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Another wonderful neighborhood family friendly mini parks. I love how the city created them everywhere.

George Reger Park

McPike Park

McPike Park – 202 S. Ingersoll St. | Sixteenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Huge central park. My BFFs wanted to take me to Sessions two years ago, after I broke up with my cheating BF, but it would have been too much for introverted me.

Sessions 2024
Sessions 2024

Visited the Eastside Farmer’s Market, which I hadn’t done before. Wonderful experience. It’s only a few minutes by bike. So, I think I’ll go there more often.

Eastside Farmer's Market
Eastside Farmer’s Market

Orton Park

Orton Park – 1103 Spaight St. | Seventeenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Oh gosh, I’ve been living here for ten years, and I didn’t know this is Madison’s first municipal park from the 1850s.

Great spot for a neighborhood festival!

Orton Park Festival
Orton Park Festival

Elmside Circle Park

Elmside Circle Park – 500 Elmside Blvd. | Eighteenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Cute mini park in the center of a roundabout with a nice playground.

Elmside Circle Park
Elmside Circle Park

Hudson Park

Hudson Park – 2919 Lakeland Ave. | Nineteenth stop on my Madison, WI park trip. This park is amazing. I walked along the shore Lake Monona, taking in its beauty. Didn’t know about the Ho-Chunk nation burial mounds but the connection with history is palpable.

Hudson Park
Hudson Park

Fourth part of my Parks in Madison trip

More than half of the parks in a 2-mile radius from my home visited. It was such a nice idea to explore the city this way. It really gave a new view of Madison. Just two more laps to go. This is the next:

  • Reynolds Park
  • Dixon Greenway
  • McCormick Park
  • Washington Manor Park
  • Sheridan Triangle Park
  • B.B. Clarke Beach Park
  • Worthington Park
  • James Madison Park
  • R. Richard Wagner Park
Fourth part of my Parks in Madison trip
Fourth part of my Parks in Madison trip

Reynolds Park

Reynolds Park – 810 E. Mifflin St. | Twentieth stop on my Madison, WI park trip.You gotta love this mini park with its very own bike polo court!

Madison Bike Polo – Reynolds Park

Dixon Greenway

Dixon Greenway – 2977 Milwaukee St. | Twenty-first stop on my Madison, WI park trip. It’s so cool to see how the neighborhood started the Dixon Street Greenway Habitat Enhancement Project last year. A small patch of land has been transformed into a thriving sanctuary for pollinators and wildlife.

Like their page here.

Dixon Street Greenway Habitat Enhancement Project

McCormick Park

McCormick Park – 702 McCormick Ave. | Twenty-second stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Another cute mini park. The dog off-leash space is its main attraction.

McCormick Park

(Image: Madcitydreamhomes.com)

Washington Manor Park

Washington Manor Park – 801 N. Oak St. | Twenty-third stop on my Madison, WI park trip. Another wonderful mini park near Starkweather Creek. One of more than 624 Rain Gardens with native plants, and great for capturing water into the soil instead of city drains.

Rain Gardens in Madison, WI
Rain Gardens in Madison, WI

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