Anderson Farm County Park Dog Park up for Final OK

September 05, 2019
Sharon Corrigan, County Board Chair - 608.333.2285
County Board

Dane County Board back to busy fall schedule with Thursday meeting


Returning to its regular twice monthly meeting schedule, the Dane County Board on Thursday will consider final approval for a new off-leash dog exercise area south of Oregon, among other items.


The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Room 201 of the City-County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in downtown Madison and is open to the public. The full agenda is available at


The dog park proposed for Anderson Farm County Park off Union Road would be the 8th off-leash area in the Dane County Park system joining Badger Prairie, Capital Springs Recreation Area, Indian Lake, Prairie Moraine, Token Creek, Viking and Yahara Heights. A permit is required and is valid at all dog parks.


“There’s already been a lot of excitement surrounding this new dog park at Anderson Farm, which shows just how much people love their pets -- not to mention our wonderful parks,” says Dane County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan (District 26, Middleton). “Everyone connected with this project including staff and volunteers, should be thrilled with how well it’s been received.”


Anderson Farm County Park was established in 2014 and is the newest Recreation Park in the Dane County Parks system.  The park is approximately 310 acres and features a mix of woodland, agricultural fields and a small prairie planted in 2016. 


Located on Union Road just south of the village of Oregon, the park is named after the Lyman F. Anderson Family farmstead founded at the site in 1886. Anderson, who passed away in 2005, was a former County Board Supervisor and also served in the Wisconsin State Legislature.


Tentatively, the County will begin construction of the dog park in 2020, opening in spring 2021.  In addition to the construction in 2020, the County will be planting seed in spring of 2020 to establish vegetation – an important part of the process to open to park. 


Also Thursday, the Dane County Board will honor Madison’s TeKema Balentine, who was crowned Miss Black USA 2019 during the recent pageant in Washington, D.C.


A 25-year-old nursing student at Madison College, Balentine is a certified nursing assistant, a coach for Madison East Track and Field, a singer and a volunteer.


As the winner of Miss Black USA, she will receive a full scholarship for her upcoming fall and spring semesters at Madison College.


“TeKema is showing how our talented young people are not only leading by example but giving back to the community in the process,” says Corrigan. “It’s only fitting that the Dane County Board offers her the recognition she so deeply deserves.”


Other items before the Board Thursday include $2 million in funding for resurfacing of Main Street in the city of Verona from Cross Country Road to County PD. The work on that section of road, also known as County M, is scheduled for completion before the end of the year.


Looking ahead, the County Board will hold two hearings next week to allow the public to weigh in on departmental requests for funding in Dane County’s 2020 budget.


The first at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Room 201 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center at 1625 Northport Drive in Madison will address the Department of Human Services budget request. The second at 6 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 12 in Room 201 of the City-County Building will address all departments except the Department of Human Services.