Parks & Trails Unite Festival

Celebrating our Connected Communities

Save the Date - June 2, 2018 

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 will be a free community event will encourage unity, give us the opportunity to lift each other up to better understand and learn from each other, 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 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!

Stay tuned for more details about this event! Learn more about sponsorship opportunities below.

Watch a video about the trail on our Facebook page.

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

Vendor Opportunities

We are now accepting food vendor applications for the Lake Farm County Park location. An application for the McDaniel Park location will be posted soon.  Applications are due December 12.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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 our media partners.

Sponsor Packet


Thank you to our partners and sponsors!



Village of McFarland LogoUnited Madison 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