Alejandro Alonso Galva

Dane County has multiple initiatives aimed at cleaning up the lakes, but the benefits of those efforts will take years to achieve. In the meantime, officials are experimenting with cleaning up small portions of the lakes so people can swim there. more

Jun 21, 2017 3:21 PM News


Judith Davidoff

After a scheduled weed-cutting operation last spring caused an apparent amphibian massacre in the Vilas park lagoon, citizen scientists are working to develop a new plan to balance lake management with aquatic wildlife preservation. more

May 18, 2017 5:00 AM News


Madison Parks Division

Was Madison needlessly killing beavers? Some residents think so. more

Apr 6, 2017 1:11 AM News 2 Comments


City of Madison Parks Division

Was Madison needlessly killing beavers? Some residents think so. more

Apr 2, 2017 6:26 PM News 1 Comments

After nearly seven hours of testimony and debate and over strong opposition from some neighbors, members of the Madison Common Council vote 12-7 to approve the controversial Olbrich Park biergarten. more

Mar 8, 2017 1:19 PM News 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

Did a Madison alder help pave the way for a biergarten run by her husband at Olbrich Park? The Common Council is expected to vote on the project on March 7. more

Feb 28, 2017 2:13 PM News 12 Comments

Ald. David Ahrens says there is “no conspiracy” to foist the Olbrich Biergarten onto the community, and plenty of opportunities remain for the opposition to be heard. more

Dec 15, 2016 5:00 AM Beer 12 Comments


Steven Potter

Burning forests and prairies is one of the most effective ways to manage natural areas and keep invasive species at bay. This year, city workers set almost a dozen fires in Madison’s conservation areas. more

Nov 23, 2016 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments


Mary Langenfeld

A cross between tennis and ping pong, pickleball is a young sport quickly growing in popularity. Madison now has six new courts at Garner Park, where enthusiasts can always find a game. more

Nov 3, 2016 10:00 AM Snapshot


Tim Anderson/Madison Design Professionals Workgroup

Madison has one of the most beautiful state capitols in the country. But the disconnect between the Capitol Square and the shores of Lake Monona has long been a major disappointment. Will the city’s leaders seize the moment to fix that? more

Oct 13, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments

Winter sports fans are often a little let down in Madison by a lack of snow. But this year, the city comes to the rescue by making snow all winter at Elver Park. The west-side park will also host next February’s Winter Festival, not Capitol Square. more

Oct 6, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

When the Goodman Pool opened on the south side in 2006, many residents hoped it would be the first of several city pools. But 10 years later, the wait drags on. more

Aug 11, 2016 5:00 AM News 2 Comments

​Madison Parks superintendent Eric Knepp says Madison’s dog policy is “antiquated” and is urging city officials to extend a pilot program allowing more leashed dogs in city parks. more

May 12, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Last month, a proposal to alter permit fees and place decibel limits on amplified sound in Madison’s public parks sparked concern from local music festival organizers. This week, city officials will discuss a new plan that offers a compromise. more

Dec 7, 2015 5:40 PM News 3 Comments


David Michael Miller

Madison has been known for its neighborhood music festivals for decades, but as events grow and expand some neighbors have complained about the noise. Now the city proposes new sound restrictions, fees on festivals. more

Nov 17, 2015 5:46 PM News 4 Comments

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Jeff Miller, UW Madison

You don’t have to go far to reconnect with nature. Here are six spots to check out within 30 minutes of Madison. more

Oct 8, 2015 3:00 PM A & E


Joe Tarr

Madison finally has its own skatepark, but unlike many other wheel parks around the country, this one forbids BMX riders from using it. more

Sep 24, 2015 9:01 AM News

Organizers started petitioning for a city skatepark 14 years ago. more

Sep 4, 2015 12:00 PM Sports

Dog access in Madison parks could soon be expanded under a revamped city ordinance, Madison Parks Superintendent Eric Knepp says. Currently, Madison has seven off-leash dog parks and 14 parks that allow dogs on-leash. more

Mar 26, 2015 12:35 PM News


Carolyn Fath

The Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association was founded 120 years ago July 10. The group's successor, today's Madison Parks Foundation, will mark the anniversary with a variety of special events. more

Jun 26, 2014 2:00 PM A & E