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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jim Neidhart, Assistant Park Planner, at 608-224-3614 or
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
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 email@example.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
Capital Springs State Recreation Area Master Plan
Lake View Hill Park Master Plan
Token Creek County Park and Natural Resource Area Master Plan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Dane County Integrated Pest Management Plan