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Reynolds Park Projects

Party in the Park!

The annual party in Reynolds Park continues the long-standing neighborhood block party tradition in Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood. With support from Cork & Bottle and many of the area businesses, the neighborhood association and Friends of Reynolds Park throw a big party that raises money for Latham Elementary School and park projects!

Party in the Park 2017 was on Sunday, June 11th from 4-7PM.
It was another great afternoon in the park. See some photos on the
TLNA Facebook Page!

The Friends of Reynolds Park are working to make our park more friendly and fun for all our neighbors.


Read more from me about Reynolds Park here.


Reynolds Park is a full city block of greenspace just down the hill from the Wisconsin State Capitol. Madison, Wisconsin has 260 parks, which ranks the city number one for parks-to-people ratio.

Reynolds Park is not the prettiest of all the parks, but it is located in a densely populated downtown neighborhood. Over 60% of people in the Tenney-Lapham neighborhood rent and that number is growing as more high-rise buildings are going in all around the park.

Reynolds Park has the potential to be the green heart of the isthmus neighborhood. It sits kitty-corner to the historic and newly renovated Breese Stevens field, which hosts large events regularly. It also sits conveniently between the cafes, restaurants, and shops of the neighborhood's two commercial strips, East Washington and East Johnson streets.

  • At the 2013 Tenney-Lapham neighborhood block party, we hung some modest posters asking for input from neighbors. The take-away was that people would like more things to do in the park. We have been part of planning the Party in the Park on a Saturday at the end of June since.
  • As the Friends group, we raised money to adopt the two mature Ash Trees near the playground. This means paid to have the trees treated in hopes they will survive the coming blight from the Emerald Ash Borer. Read more here.
  • You may have noticed the new playground equipment at Reynolds Park. In 2013, a few of us who had expressed interest in the playground found ourselves learning about the local processes of working with the city Parks Department, getting excited about the range of playground styles out there, and finding new allies within the neighborhood (Huge thanks goes to Ken Saiki and associates for invaluable input). The new playground equipment was installed in 2014. 

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