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Who We Are

Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) was established in 2010 through the joint efforts of the Bay Creek Neighborhood Association and the South Madison Police District. The organization's goals are  to preserve and improve the parks' facilities and landscapes and encourage the community to rediscover the beauty and unique offerings of these two historic parks. The idea is based on the success of groups like Friends of the Arboretum. For a more complete history of the organization's inception and early activities, go to this December, 2010 City of Madison news release.

Our People

Our current FOOT organization is informal, so there is no elected leadership nor formal membership at present. The three folks whose email links are listed below act as contacts for FOOT. If you'd like to get more involved or want additional information, contact any one of us.

Join Our Email List

While we don't have formal membership, we do maintain an email list of folks interested in receiving notices of our events and meetings, along with meeting notes and other infrequent communications. If you would like to join our email list, just send an email to Tom DeChant, and we'll put you on it. Email addresses are kept confidential and not shared.

We try to hold meetings every two to three months, usually in person, but supplementing with ZOOM as needed.  

There is currently no mailing address or phone number for the organization; please contact us electronically by email.  Thanks!


Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) is a formal affiliate of the Madison Parks Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization. This affiliation allows you to make tax-deductible donations to Friends of Olin-Turville Parks through the Madison Parks Foundation website. Use the DONATE button below to go to the Madison Parks Foundation website to make your donation. Please remember to select Friends of Olin Turville (FOOT) in the pull down menu for Friends Group or Neighborhood Project.