Public Lands, Recreation, & Forestry

Trails Update (5/7/18):

Due to high water the Middleton Hills boardwalk is closed!

Prescribed Burn Update (5/15/18):

No update at this time

Meet the City's NEW Park Ranger

The City of Middleton Public Lands, Recreation & Forestry Department would like to introduce Erik Hanewold as our new Park Ranger.  Erik previously served as a Park Ranger for the City of Madison and is currently employed full-time at the VA Hospital. The Ranger position is designed to serve in an educational capacity and address public lands violations with patrons. The Park Ranger position has been developed as a pilot program and will collaborate with the Middleton Police Department.  The program is scheduled to begin in mid-April and will consist of a single employee for the 2018 summer season.  The Park Ranger will work afternoon and evening hours during the week and on weekends, and you can find the Ranger in City of Middleton shirts and he will have a City of Middleton photo identification card.  Please join us in welcoming Erik Hanewold to our community.

park ranger

Erik Hanewold
(608) 434-PARK




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.


AAW Outdoor Wheelchair

In partnership with Access Ability Wisconsin an outdoor wheelchair is available for reservation by the public.  The wheelchair is stored at Orchid Heights Park and can be reserved online at or by contacting us at  (608) 821-8360.   All reservations require a $50 security deposit.  For more information regarding Access Ability Wisconsin, visit them at

​Trail Connection Fundraising Initiative

The City of Middleton along with a number of partners are working to connect the City trail system to our neighbors.  One of these efforts is the planned Black Earth Creek Trail (formerly known as the Good Neighbor Trail) running from Middleton to Mazomanie.  This planned trail corridor will make a number of connections including Pleasant View Golf Course, the Middleton Bike Park (off-road trail system), and the proposed Community Olympic Development Program, a cross-country skiing and sports training center.  The Middleton Bike Park has been made possible by a partnership with the Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) who have developed the Pleasant View trail system through volunteer work, planning, grant writing and fundraising.  CORP is now working to develop an off-road trail system in Cross Plains that will one day be connected to Middleton & Pleasant View via the Black Earth Creek Trail.

CORP has announced a fundraising initiative and has teamed with Middleton-based Death’s Door Distillery to raise money for the completion of the Cross Plains system and alterations to Pleasant View system that are needed to create a new trailhead in conjunction with the planned Community Olympic Development Program.  Between now and the end of 2017, Death’s Door Distillery will match all donations, up to $10,000, to help realize the connectivity of these trail systems.


Now Available!

2018 Summer 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 OPEN. 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 4/25/18)

Cross Country Ski Trails -

(updated 1/3/18)
For more information please go to the trails page of our website.

Ice Rinks -

Please visit our Conservancy Lands & Trails page for more information.
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

For information regarding the Middleton Baseball and Softball Commission, please visit: