Public Lands, Recreation, & Forestry


April and May Guide

The new guide is out! We have special events, fun one day programs, guideline information and more! Click the image to the left to read. 

Rebecca aquatics pro of year
Our Assistant Director of PLRF for Recreation, Rebecca Price, has the unique and distinguished honor of receiving the 2019 Recreation Professional of the Year and the 2020 Aquatics Professional of the Year from the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association. 

Rebecca received the Aquatics Professional of the Year Award on Thursday, February 11th at the Annual WPRA awards ceremony. She was nominated for the award for the thorough planning she put into the 2020 Walter R Bauman Aquatic Center opening and operations. She was recognized for her passion in her mission to make sure that Middleton residents had a safe aquatic outlet for the summer. She was lauded for her belief that recreation allows an opportunity for people to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, and at no time was it more important to meet these needs than during the pandemic.

Congratulations Rebecca for a job well done!

We will be conducting prescribed burns today (Wednesday, April 7) at Orchid Heights Park.

Please remember that it is advisable to keep your windows closed during this period to avoid smoke intrusion and make sure that your children and/or pets remain on your property throughout the prescribed burning activities. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Lands main line at (608) 821-8360.

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The Skate Park, located on Terrace Avenue, is open!
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Public Lands 

Playgrounds, the skate park, and trails remain open.

Restrooms are available through May 15th at Taylor Park and Lakeview Park. There are port-a-potties along the trail at Orchid Heights Park and at the Skate 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 sports can be played as long as players are wearing masks.  

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, limit outdoor group size to 50 or less. Wear a mask if you are in a shelter space or if social distancing is not possible. 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.


2021 shelter reservations begin Nov 16

Face coverings must be worn in park shelters and their amenities. This includes wearing a mask to use the restrooms. You are not required to wear a mask on outdoor equipment such as playgrounds.  

Park Shelter Mask Requirement
take out the papers and the trash

 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.

To register for recreation programs, click the recdesk icon below. 
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!

 You can see the show on our YouTube channel under the playlist " Creative Drama Performances". Another way to view these videos is by copy and pasting this link below!

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. 
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