Public Lands, Recreation, & Forestry



Public Lands 

Playgrounds, the skate park, pickleball courts, and tennis courts are open as of June 15th, 2020.  

Restrooms and portable toilets are available at Parisi Park, Taylor Park and Orchid Heights Park. All other restrooms are closed at this time.  

You are welcome to continue to enjoy trails and park spaces, including the dog parks. Outdoor recreation in the form of walking, biking, hiking, and running can provide valuable physical and mental health benefits. Basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, football, and other contact and team sports are expressly prohibited in the Safer at Home Order.

When using park trails and spaces, please continue to take all possible actions to reduce further spread of COVID-19. Maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and any other people and limit group size to 10 or less. If you do not feel well or someone in your house is sick, please stay home. At the dog park, wear gloves or put a bag over your hand to open and close the gate.


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Summer recreation program enrollment has begun! For more information and to sign up, select the recreation page from the red bar on the left side of the page.

We are planning for summer activities to proceed.  Depending on guidance or orders in place at the time of a program, the class made be modified or cancelled.  If the Recreation Division cancels a course, the program fee will be refunded. 

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Normally in the spring the City works with large volunteer groups to clean parks, trails and conservancy lands. With the Safer at Home guidelines those volunteer groups are not able to do this critical work. We are asking for our residents to assist. We encourage anyone out enjoying our public lands to help beautify parks or conservancy areas. Although we typically ask that users stay on the trails, if you are able to safely reach litter you can leave the trail to do so. We thank you in advance for helping us beautify the Good Neighbor City.


Congratulations to Matt Amundson and Rebecca Price for receiving Professional of the Year awards from the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association (WPRA). Matt received his award for Parks Professional of the Year and Rebecca was named Recreation Professional of the Year. Candidates for this award are nominated by their peers and voted on by statewide WPRA members.

It's here! Our newly updated August Program Guide will give you the most accurate information on dates, times and locations for programs and activities! 
August Program Guide

For more information on how we plan to run our programs as well as guidelines that we will follow, and expect participants to follow, click the image below. We look forward to having a fun summer with you!

Theatre Premiere Post

Click the image to view the playbill for The Roman Comedies - Mostellaria (A Haunted House), Trinummus (A Three Dollar Day) and Aulularia (A Pot of Gold). The cast and crew are so excited to share their productions with their friends, family and community!

 Copy and paste this link to view all of the performances on our YouTube channel!

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Click on the image below for more information on Swimming Lessons Session 5!
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Parks ranger announcement

The City of Middleton Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry Department would like to introduce Serena Thompson and Erik Hanewold as the 2020 Park Rangers. Erik , who is employed full time at the VA Hospital, previously served as a Park Ranger for the City in 2018. Serena is new to Middleton and will complete a degree in criminal justice this fall with plans to work in natural resource law enforcement. The Ranger position is designed to serve in an educational capacity and address public lands violations with patrons in addition to education regarding public health guidance as it relates to Covid-19. The Rangers are seasonal employees with primary hours on weekdays in the early evenings and weekends. The Park Ranger program is entering its 3rd season and will continue to collaborate with the Middleton Police Department. The Rangers will be in City of Middleton shirts and have a City of Middleton photo identification card. Rangers can be reached at or by phone at 608-434-PARK (7275).

To register for recreation programs, click the recdesk icon below. All summer registrations must be completed online. 

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