Dylan Brogan

Will a new pilot program end Madison’s annual geese slaughter? The Alliance for Animals and new parks volunteers hope so. Read more



David Michael Miller

For more than 100 years, architects and planners have dreamed of ways to better connect downtown with Lake Monona with a signature park. Now the city is starting the process that could make it a reality. Read more


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Richard Hurd

The Board of Park Commissioners is scheduled to look at the master plan for James Madison Park in February, but if agreement can’t be reached, it will be put on the backburner. Read more

News 1 Comments

The City of Madison parks division responds to a guest column (“From park to parking lot”) that ran in Isthmus on Dec. 11 regarding the city’s plans for James Madison Park. Read more

Opinion 9 Comments


Dawn O’Kroley

James Madison Park is known for its large stretches of grassy field along the shores of Lake Mendota. But a proposed plan for the park introduces more parking and other changes. Read more

Opinion 8 Comments

Mildred Harnack, a UW-Madison alum who married a German, was the only American woman executed on Adolph Hitler’s direct orders. On Oct. 31, Madison Arts Commission placed a memorial in Marshall Park. Read more

A & E 2 Comments

For the past seven years, the Madison Parks Division has applied for and received a federal permit to conduct an annual culling of Canada geese. Goslings found during the “roundup” are euthanized with gas. Read more

News 16 Comments


David Michael Miller

Madison is investigating how city agencies surveil and collect data on the public. Officials say some of the technology needs to be kept secret. Read more

News 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

The city of Madison’s golf courses are running a deficit. There is a proposal to close either Yahara Hills golf course or the course on Monona Drive. Read more

Citizen Dave 5 Comments


Leslie Amsterdam

After calls for its removal, Mayor Paul Soglin ‏quickly orders Confederate monument removed from Forest Hill Cemetery. Read more

News 18 Comments

After violence in Charlottesville over efforts to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, some Madison residents and elected officials want a plaque calling Confederate soldiers “valiant” and “unsung heroes” removed from city-owned cemetery. Read more

News 29 Comments


David Michael Miller

The Biergarten at Olbrich Park offers a scenic view of Lake Monona and the soft pretzels are stellar. But alcohol is everywhere in Madison. We should not allow more bars in public parks. Read more

Madland 9 Comments


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. Read more



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. Read more

News 1 Comments


Madison Parks Division

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

News 2 Comments


City of Madison Parks Division

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

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

Snapshot 1 Comments