Public Lands, Recreation, & Forestry



Public Lands 

Playgrounds, the skate park, pickleball courts, and tennis courts are open.

Restrooms are available through the winter at Taylor Park and Lakeview 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 Dane County health orders.

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 group size to 10 or less, and 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.


Middleton Tree Lighting schedule
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.


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.

November Guide

It's finally here! The November guide is filled with new programs, new events and more virtual fun! Some of the programs are for December as well so be sure to check those out! 
To register for recreation programs, click the recdesk icon below. All summer registrations must be completed online. 
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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