Parks & Trails Unite Festival

June 2, 2018 - Celebrating our Connected Communities

 

Help us celebrate our amazing parks and trails at an event designed to bring us ALL together! Dane County Parks is teaming up with United Madison to host a one of a kind Parks & Trails Unite Festival. This free community event will encourage unity, give us the opportunity to lift each other up to better understand and learn from one another, and celebrate our amazing parks and trails and the community connections that they provide.

The Festival will take place in BOTH Lake Farm County Park and McDaniel Park, that includes the new Lower Yahara River Trail and it’s mile-long boardwalk bridge that connects the two parks and provides an off-road trail connection between Madison and McFarland that didn’t previously exist. This free festival will include live music, food carts, motivational speakers, educational and cultural displays, live demonstrations, local TV and media personalities, activity stations for adults and kids, pontoon rides, a one-day biergarten, and other activities, too numerous to list.

The funds raised will be stretched far and wide to benefit our community in a way never done before.  A majority of the proceeds will help build capacity of Dane County volunteers and the sixteen friends groups that support individual county parks. The work that these individuals do for the betterment of Dane County Parks and our communities is essential. Last year the parks had over 3,500 volunteers that put in an unbelievable 66,880 hours. That equates to well over a million dollars in labor. A portion of the proceeds donated by event sponsors will benefit local nonprofit partners as well as supporting United Madison in their effort to support a unified, thriving community for EVERYONE . We hope you will join us at this festival to celebrate and support the parks and trails you love and help lift up and unite our community!

Dane County Parks are dog friendly!  If you plan to bring your pup with you to the Festival, please review our Dog Rules to make sure the festival is safe and fun for all.

We will be selling t-shirts at this event to help raise additional funds and need awesome park-themed designs.  Learn more!     

Let your friends know you'll be there and watch a video about the new trail on our Facebook event page!

Festival Hours: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Parks & Trails Unite Festival Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting Around

Attendees can travel between parks by walking or biking across our new Lower Yahara River Trail bridge and boardwalk (about 1.5 miles between parks one way), or by hoping on a pontoon boat for a free ride across Lake Waubesa. 

 

Activity & Event Areas

All activities are free! Each activity will have an optional donation jar so you can help support the Festival and Dane County Parks if you choose. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Lake Farm County Park:

Cultural & Natural History (Shelter #1)

  • Nature Walks:
    • 10:00 am - Bird Walk
    • 11:00 am - Plant Identification
    • 1:00 pm - "I Spy" nature walk for kids
    • 3:00 pm - Geology and Glacial History
  • Glacial and natural history of the area
  • Insect Ambassadors Exhibit (UW Entomology Department)
  • Learn to Geocache!
  • Pollinator Information and Activities (UW Extension)
  • Tree Climbing Demonstrations (Dane County Parks)
  • Noon-2:00 pm - Zoo animals! (Henry Vilas Zoo)
  • Migration Game for kids (Dane County Parks)
  • Aldo Leopold Nature Center Booth
  • Nature Net Booth
  • Madison Friends of Urban Nature
     

Activities near Shelter #1

  • Mini Disc Golf Course (Mad City Disc Golf) - The nearby Capital Springs Disc Golf Course will also be free for use during the Festival. 
  • Archery (WDNR Archery Education Program) - across Libby Road
     

Refreshments & Live Music (Shelter #2)

  • Festival Biergarten from Noon to 7:00 pm
  • Food vendors (see list on "Refreshments" tab)
  • Live Music (see schedule on "Live Music" tab)
     

Pontoon Rides

  • Pontoon rides from Lake Farm County Park to McDaniel Park will run all day and give you an up close look at the boardwalk bridge from the water. Throughout the day some of these rides will feature special educational talks, including:
    • Fish Biology 
    • Lake Waubesa Limnology
    • Trail Construction
    • Cultural and Historical information
       

Kid Zone, Activities & Sponsor Booths

  • Circus activities for kids (The Rumpus Room)
  • CommUnity Arts booth
  • Science is Fun - Exploration Station (UW Madison)
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Bouncy House
  • 4H and Healthy Living booth (UW Extension)
     

Exhibition Area

  • Details coming soon

McDaniel Park:

Land & Water Conservation Information and Activities

  • Water Protection Station - learn more about water and what you can do!
  • Where Does the Water Go? (Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (River Alliance of WI and WDNR)
  • Fly Tying Demonstrations (Badger Fly Fishers)
  • Learn about the Yahara Watershed (Clean Lakes Alliance)
  • Rainfall Simulator
     

Pontoon Rides & Kayak Exploration

  • Pontoon rides from Lake Farm County Park to McDaniel Park will run all day and give you an up close look at the boardwalk bridge from the water. Throughout the day some of these rides will feature special educational talks, including:
    • Fish Biology 
    • Lake Waubesa Limnology
    • Trail Construction
    • Cultural and Historical information
  • Kayak Exploration! - try out kayaking (Rutabaga and Wingra Boats)
     

Refreshments & Live Music

  • Homebrew Contest sponsored by the Hopslingers Homebrew Club and One Barrel Brewing - Details coming soon!
  • Food vendors (see list on "Refreshments" tab)
  • Live Music (see schedule on "Live Music" tab)
     

Future Phases of the Lower Yahara Trail

Learn more about this exciting new trail and plans for the future which will eventually extend the trail all the way down to Stoughton.

Lake Farm Stage

10:30 - 11:30 am  - Anna Wang
Noon - 12:45 pm - The Handphibians
1:30 - 3:00 pm - Lords of the Trident
4:30 - 6:30 pm - Pearls and Tar
 

McDaniel Stage

10:30 - 11:30 am  - Kendra Swanson
12:30 - 2:00 pm - Evan Murdock and the Imperfect Strangers
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Bird's Eye

Biking

June 2 is National Trails Day so no permit is required to use the bike trails that day.  We encourage biking to the event! There will be plenty of space to lock up your bike. There will also be Park & Bike locations in Madison and McFarland so even if you are traveling from far away you can still bike in to the event.  Park & Bike information and suggested routes coming soon.
 

Driving

Parking is available at both parks but the number of spaces are limited. We encourage people to bike if they can. An accessible drop off location will be available at both locations. Parking and dropoff location information coming soon.
 

Public Transit from Madison

Lake Farm County Park: Take the #16 or #5 bus to the Moorland Rd. & Manor Dr. stop. From there it is a 30 minute walk along the Capital City Trail to the Festival grounds at Lake Farm County Park. Make sure to check route schedules and maps to plan your trip.

McDaniel Park: Take the #31 bus to the Valor & Star Spangled stop. From there it is a 15-20 minute walk to the Festival grounds at McDaniel Park. Make sure to check route schedules and maps to plan your trip.

Food and refreshments will be available for purchase at both parks. Refreshment areas will offer picnic table style seating and live music. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs welcome!

 

Lake Farm County Park

Festival Biergarten

A one-day, roped off biergarten will be open from Noon  - 2:00 pm featuring beverages from Wisconsin Brewing Company and One Barrel Brewing. Alcoholic beverages must remain inside the biergarten. Everyone purchasing alcohol must show their ID (no exceptions).

Food Vendors

  • Toast
  • Jolly Frog LLC
  • FIBs
  • Egge Roll Center
  • Fast N' Fresh
  • Jamerica Restaurant
  • Chrysalis

 

McDaniel Park

Details coming soon!

Become a sponsor for the 2018 Parks & Trails Unite Festival! 

Your sponsorship of this event will ensure that our parks, trails and important natural resources are protected today and for generations to come. The Parks & Trails Unite Festival will bring the community together to celebrate these resources and the opening of the new Lower Yahara River Trail.

Of your total sponsorship investment, 50% goes directly to Dane County Parks and the rest is divided between the media campaign, your nonproft partner, and United Madison. The value of this investment will be stretched considerably due to our unique partnership with United Madison and the additional exposure generously donated by their media partners.

Sponsor Packet

 

 

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

Partners

United Madison LogoVillage of McFarland LogoFriends of Dane County Parks

 

 

 

 

Bridge Sponsors - $10,000

MG&E Foundation logo

 

 

 

 

 

Trail Sponsors - $5,000

The Evjue Foundation

 

Support Sponsors - $2,500

SVA logoCrazy Lenny's E-Bikes logo

 

 

 

 

Friend Sponsors - $500 - $2,499

Summit Credit Union logo

TDS Logo

Don Tierney logo

 

Dean logo  

 

 

Friends of Capital Springs, Berbee Walsh Foundation, Tom Thoresen, Dan Wisniewski, Jim Hubing, Mike Slavney, Bill Lunney and Judie Pfeifer, Andy Lewis, Lon Sprecher, Matt Carlson, Caryl Terrell, Dean Kalmerton, Kurt Krumholz, Rick Eilertson.

Parks & Trails Unite Logo designed by Justin King