Public Lands, Recreation, & Forestry

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Our Department seeks to provide a parks and recreation system that meets the needs of current residents and future generations. We strive to preserve and protect the City’s open space, water, cultural, and natural resources. Our parks and recreation programs are designed to enhance the quality of life for City of Middleton residents. The purpose of the Recreation Division is to serve as a catalyst in the development, initiation, coordination, and the support for a variety of leisure time activities and facilities for residents of all ages. We aim to provide additional educational opportunities to the community to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through recreational programming. The Forestry Division maintains the health of all publicly owned trees along city streets and parklands, and educates the public regarding tree pests, diseases, and new urban forestry programs.

Prescribed Burn Information

November 8, 2017
Weather and site conditions permitting, this afternoon we may conduct a prescribed burn in Middleton Hills and/or at the Pheasant Branch Conservancy Overlook prairie.

The objective of the burn is to promote prairie, savanna and oak woodland vegetation and prepare these areas for overseeding.

The burns will likely start between 1130-1PM and be completed by 5pm. Warning signs will be posted on nearby roads and trails, and Middleton dispatch will be contacted prior to and after the burn.

Conservancy visitors may encounter temporary trail closures as the burns are conducted. 

Onsite contact: Mike Healy 608-277-9960

Or, please call the Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry Department at 608-821-8360 if you have any questions or concerns.

Now Available!

2018 Fall Program Guide

Register for Programs & Reserve a Shelter Online

We strongly encourage you to create an account online PRIOR to in-house or mail-in registration. It is FREE to create an account.

How-to-Guide for Online Program Registration

How-to-Guide for Online Facitility Reservation

2014-2019 Comprehensive Open Space Plan

Final Comprehensive Park & Open Space Plan: 2014 -2019

Volunteer Information

If you are interested in volunteering for the Public Lands Department, please contact us at 608-821-8360 or The volunteer waiver and photo release form is needed prior to starting any volunteer projects.

Department Hotline & Updates
Wondering if your program is cancelled, if a trail is closed for maintenance, etc? We now have a hotline! Please call 608-821-8357. This line does not take messages and is only updated when there has been an update from the department.

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Harvey John & Lucille Taylor Memorial Park

Coming soon! Learn more about this wonderful donated park on our
Current Projects and Events page.

Splash Pad

Our Splash Pad is located at Lakeview Park (6300 Mendota Avenue)
Memorial Day-Labor Day

Quarry Skate Park

Quarry Park Skate Facility Rules
The Skate Park is currently CLOSED. Please respect posted hours and rules. The Public Lands Division reserves the right to close the facility at anytime without notice for vandalism, repairs, and unsafe conditions. (updated 12/6/16)

Cross Country Ski Trails -

(updated 2/14/17)
For more information please go to the trails page of our website.

Ice Rinks -

CLOSED (updated 2/14/17)
Parkside Heights Park: 3300 Northbrook Drive
Meadows Park: 6415 South Ave
Stricker Pond: 7605 Voss Pkwy
Tiedeman Pond: 1500 N Gammon Road
Middleton Hills Pond: 6867 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave
Esser Pond: corner of John Q Hammons Dr & Deming Way


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Middleton Baseball and Softball Commission

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