UPDATE: Madison Parks athletic fields are open for play

UPDATED April 9, 2014-- 5:45 p.m.

Madison parks opened Wednesday.

"It grows by the inch but is killed by the foot," said Madison Parks communications relations manager, Laura Whitmore.

Madison Parks had been asking you to stay out of the parks while they thaw.

"We try to keep people off until its dry enough and the grass is stable enough to hold teams," said Whitmore.

While all 265 parks are open to the public, they're not always free. About 100 of them are rented for sports.

"Our soccer are rented and used all year round. If someone goes and play one game before its ready, that field is now ruined and we cannot use it for the rest of year while we get grass on it again from that one single game from that one single practice," said Whitmore.

Parks that are closed are marked with signs. If you use them, you can be fined hundreds of dollars. But today...

"We're comfortable with people going out now," said Whitmore. "We hope people will go out and enjoy themselves."

The parks department says the rain over the next few days could change things. Check in on their website. That can be found under newslinks.


UPDATED Wednesday, April 9, 2014 --- 4:20 p.m.

Madison Parks athletic fields and turf are open for spring.

Park officials are thanking athletic teams for staying off the grass for the last few weeks allowing the turf to get established again during the spring thaw.

They say conditions may change with rain. Park-goers can check the Parks website for updates. Check it out by clicking HERE.

If you would like to schedule time on the athletic fields and parks, call 608-266-4711 to make your reservations.


Posted Wednesday, March 19, 2014 --- 10:52 a.m.

City of Madison officials are asking citizens to stay off park fields and turf during the spring thaw.

Officials say playing on the fields during the thaw can be dangerous to both players and spectators. It can also cause major damage to the field itself. It can take months or years to restore damaged fields to play-quality conditions.

The Madison Parks department asks that teams and other citizens wait to hear a notice that the fields are safe and ready to play on before using them.

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