2018 - 2023 Parks & Open Space Plan

Parks & Open Space Plan


The Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan is a countywide comprehensive outdoor recreation and natural resource plan that is updated every 5 years to maintain eligibility for State Stewardship grant funds. Updates to the plan include identifying recreational needs and significant natural, cultural, and historical resources in the county to be considered for protection. The planning process seeks input from Dane County residents to help guide future park and trail development projects over the next 5 years. Dane County Parks will facilitate public information meetings to explain how citizens and stakeholders can participate in the planning process. 

As an added outreach effort, Dane County Parks prepared a survey to further explore the overall public awareness of the park system and any improvements that could be made to promote a larger and more diverse group of users.  We received over 1,178 responses which are summarized in the POSP Survey Results (.pdf)).  The survey results are one of multiple planning considerations to determine park system needs and guide the planning process.  Thank you to everyone who participated!