Parks & Recreation

Park Use Restrictions due to Dane County Safer at Home Order and Forward Dane Reopening Plan


Press Release Date:
Tuesday May 19, 2020

Public Health of Madison/Dane County had adopted much of the Safer at Home Executive Order and have issued a #ForwardDane Reopening plan after the expiration of the Safer at Home Order on May 26th.

During this time, residents are encouraged to exercise and spend time outdoors at home whenever possible. Use of parks and trails should be limited and a distance of six feet or more must be maintained between people from different households at all times.  

As residents settle into new habits with work changes and school closures, we know that parks are a vital resource to help maintain physical and mental health. It’s important to remember that parks are not a safe haven from this virus and all residents need to be following public health recommendations on social distancing. 

Current Park use guidelines:

  • Tennis Courts are now open with restrictions (singles only, bring own equipment, use every other court)
  • Other recreation areas are still closed including restrooms, playgrounds, basketball courts, and athletic field for team sport use.
  • City of Monona parks, trails and dog park are open; a distance of six feet or more must be maintained between people from different households at all times.
  • Lawn areas and sports fields are open for walking and other non-team activities only. Activities should be non-contact and played only with people from the same household.
  • The boat launch are open but visitors must practice appropriate social distancing when parking and launching or retrieving their vessel. 
  • Skate Park is closed.