Planning & Development

On this page you'll find information about a number of park plans, reports and projects. If you have any questions or comments, we encourage you to contact the Dane County Park Planner, Chris James at 608-224-3763 or by email at james@countyofdane.com.

2012-2017 Dane County Parks & Open Space Plan

The primary purpose for completing a parks and open space plan is to identify the recreation and park land needs for the County for a five year time frame. In addition, the plan must be updated every five years in order to be eligible to apply for Department of Natural Resources State Stewardship funds. Dane County Parks works closely with the DNR, local units of government, non-profit organizations and County residents to prepare this plan through a comprehensive public process.

The 2012-17 Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan was adopted by the Dane County Board in March of 2012. For any questions related to the plan, please contact Chris James, Park Planner at 608-224-3763 or by email at james@countyofdane.com.

Project Plans (Final & Draft)

Project plans may be prepared for Natural Resource Site study areas identified in the Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan to help identify significant cultural, natural, and historic resources. All plans follow an intensive consensus building public participation process before being finalized.

Please see page 26 of the 2012-2017 Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan for a more detailed description of the Natural Resource Sites.

Master Plans

Master plans for parks are completed to guide the development of park facilities and to provide the vision for any future expansion. Master Plans are not detailed construction documents, so additional plans and specifications must be created prior to implementing the Master Plan recommendations. All plans follow an intensive consensus building public participation process before being finalized.

Draft Master Plans

Silverwood County Park

Dane County Parks staff are working on a master plan that will propose future management goals, agricultural activities, recreational use and park facility development for Silverwood County Park in the Town of Albion. The County currently owns approximately 284 acres at Silverwood County Park, which includes frontage along Rice Lake. The planning area will include lands surrounding Silverwood County Park and the master plan may make recommendations for future expansion areas.

For questions on development of the master plan, please contact Laura Guyer, Real Estate & Acquisition Director, at 608-224-3765 or guyer@countyofdane.com or Jim Neidhart, Assistant Park Planner, at 608-224-3614 or Neidhart@countyofdane.com.

To view documents and materials related to the master plan, including draft plans when available, or to submit comments, please visit the Dane County Parks Silverwood County Park Master Plan webpage.

Fish Lake Natural Resource Area

Dane County Parks planning staff has completed draft master plans that propose future management, recreation use and park facility development for the Fish Lake Natural Resource Area. The County currently owns approximately 250 acres within the natural resource area boundary that includes both Fish Lake and Lussier County Parks. The planning area will include lands surrounding Mud, Fish and western portions of Crystal Lake that are within Dane County.

For questions on the development of the plan, please contact Chris James, Park Planner, at 608.224.3763 or james@countyofdane.com.

To view planning process materials or submit comments, please visit the Dane County Fish Lake Natural Resource Area Master Plan webpage

Anderson Farm County Park

Dane County Parks is working with SAA Design Group to prepare a master plan for that part of the Anderson Farm that was purchased by Dane County. The master plan will identify opportunities for recreational use, natural resource restoration and agricultural practices. Furthermore the master plan will include conceptual ideas for lands that Dane County may purchase in the future.

For questions on the development of the plan, please contact Laura Guyer,
Real Estate & Acquisition Director, at 608.224-3765 or guyer@countyofdane.com.

To view meeting materials and to submit comments, please visit the SAA Design Group website at: http://www.saa-madison.com/community-comment/anderson-county-park.

Adopted Master Plans

Badger Prairie County Park Master Plan

Black Earth Creek Wildlife Area - Sunnyside Unit Master Plan

Donald Park Master Plan

Lake View Hill Park Master Plan

Related Plans

Schumacher Farm Park Master Plan

Scheidegger County Forest Master Plan

Trail Plans (Final & Draft)

Dane County Parks partners with the State Department of Natural Resources and local units of government to plan and construct many miles of trails within the County.

Phase One Lower Yahara River Trail Planning

Dane County is working together with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin and Southern Railroad Company and their consultant Graef to finalize environmental review, construction drawings and agreements necessary to construct a multi use trail, bridge and boardwalk system that would extend from the Capital City Trail at Lake Farm County Park to McDaniel Park in the Village of McFarland. Construction may begin in late 2014. For further information about the trail, please contact Chris James, Dane County Parks Division at 608-224-3763 or by email at james@countyofdane.com.

Park Development Projects

Dane County Parks staff work on a variety of park development projects throughout the season. Projects include picnic shelters, bicycle trails, boat ramps, fishing piers, playgrounds, shoreline stabilization, and kiosks to name a few. Pictured to the right is the construction of one of Dane County's shelters.

Capital Springs Recreation Area: Disc Golf Course and Dog Exercise Area

Dane County Parks has completed a 40-acre dog exercise area and an 18 hole disc golf course off Lake Farm Road, just south of Lake Farm County Park as identified in the 2010 Capital Springs State Recreation Area Master Plan. The dog exercise area opened in October of 2012, the disc golf course will open spring of 2013. For further information about these projects, please contact Chris James, Dane County Parks Division at 608-224-3763 or by email at james@countyofdane.com.

Dane County Integrated Pest Management Plan