Parks & Trails Unite Festival logoParks & Trails Unite Festival

June 2, 2018 - Celebrating our Connected Communities

Festival Hours: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm  - rain or shine!

 

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 a 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.

A majority of the proceeds from this event will help build capacity of Dane County volunteers and the sixteen friends groups that support individual county parks.  A portion of the proceeds donated by event sponsors will benefit local nonprofit partners as well as support United Madison in their effort to support a unified, thriving community for EVERYONE

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.  

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

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)
  • Kids Tree Climb (Dane County Parks & WI Arborist Association )
  • Noon-2:00 pm - Zoo animals! (Henry Vilas Zoo)
  • Migration Game for kids (Dane County Parks)
  • Skins & Skulls and Living Lockets activities (Aldo Leopold Nature Center and Nature Net)
  • Ask-A-Master-Gardener (UW Extension Master Gardener Program)
  • 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 (Pier near Shelter #2)

  • 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. Pontoons are courtesy of MSCR and Madison Boats. 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)
  • Pop up photoshoot (CommUnity Arts)
  • Science is Fun - Exploration Station (UW Madison)
  • Rock Climbing Wall - anyone under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present to sign a waiver
  • Bouncy House
  • 4H Kids Activities and Healthy Living booth (UW Extension)
     

Exhibition Area (Shelter #3)

  • 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
  • Paddling Adventure Tours!
    • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Stand Up Paddleboard tours with Madison Boats
    • 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Tandem Kayak tours with Rutabaga Paddlesports
    • Both activities are wind and weather dependent

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.

 

McFarland Info booth

Learn more about events and activities in McFarland

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
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Bird's Eye
 
Picnic table seating will be available in the music and refreshment areas at both parks. We encourage you to bring folding chairs or blankets if you would like to ensure you have seating for enjoying refreshments or listening to music. 

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! Saris is generously providing bike racks for the event so there will be plenty of space to lock up your bike.  Suggested routes coming soon.
 

Park & Bike

  • Park for free at the Alliant Energy Center and bike 3.3 miles to the festival grounds (a 20-25 minute ride).
  • More options 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 Options (Lake Farm County Park):

  • An accessible drop off is available at Shelter #1. After drop off, your car can proceed to one of the parking areas.
  • 750+ parking  spots will be available at Lake Farm County Park (4330 Libby Rd , Madison).
  • 100 parking spots are available at the Lussier Family Heritage Center (3101 Lake Farm Rd , Madison) - 15 minute walk to festival grounds
  • 300+ spots are available on Lake Farm Road, across from the Lussier Family Heritage Center 15 minute walk to festival grounds
Parking Options (McFarland):
Coming soon!

 

Public Transit from Madison

to 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.

to 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.

 

Bus Parking

We will have bus parking available for large groups. Please contact us in advance for special bus unloading and parking instructions.

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! Picnic table seating will be available in the music and refreshment areas at both parks. We encourage you to bring folding chairs or blankets if you would like to ensure you have seating for enjoying refreshments or listening to music. 

 

Lake Farm County Park

Festival Biergarten

A one-day, roped-off biergarten will be open from Noon - 7:00 pm featuring beverages from Wisconsin Brewing Company and One Barrel Brewing. Alcoholic beverages must remain inside the biergarten area. Everyone purchasing alcohol must show their ID (no exceptions).

Food Vendors

  • Toast Madison’s best paninis
  • Jolly Frog LLC Mexican cuisine
  • FIBS Italian beef, sausage and meatball sandwiches
  • Egg Rolls Center -  Hmong egg rolls
  • Fast N' Fresh - k nown for their smoked pulled pork sandwiches
  • Jamerica Restaurant Caribbean cuisine
  • Chrysalis - l ocal, organic fruit pops with a purpose  

 

McDaniel Park

Food Vendors in the Park

Trailside Restaurants

The following restaurants are adjacent to the park and will be open for business during the Festival!

Homebrew Contest

Sponsored by the Hopslingers Homebrew Club and One Barrel Brewing - 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.

Sponsors must commit by February 28 to have their logo included on the first round of printed festival advertising.

Sponsor Packet

 

 

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

Organizing Partners

Parks logo United Madison Logo Village of McFarland Logo Friends of Dane County Parks

Friends of Capital Springs logo

 

 

 

 

Bridge Sponsors - $10,000

MG&E Foundation logo

 

 

 

 

 

Trail Sponsors - $5,000

Fearings NGL

 

 

 

The Evjue Foundation
 

Support Sponsors - $2,500

SVA logo Crazy Lenny's E-Bikes logo

 

 

 

 

Friend Sponsors - $500 - $2,499

Summit Credit Union logo

TDS Logo

Don Tierney logo

Madison Community Foundation

Dean logoSaris   Mad City Dream Home logo

 

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

We will have a limited number of bike camping spots available (for a fee) at the group camp in Lake Farm County Park on June 2. Festival attendees that prepurchase tickets, can camp at the park after the festival and enjoy a campfire and live acoustic music.

Details and tickets available soon!