Olin & Turville Parks

Located on the shores of Lake Monona, with stunning Capitol views, Olin and Turville Parks together form one of Madison's most beautiful, accessible natural assets. Facilities in these two parks accommodate a broad range of outdoor activities, from the quietest to the most active. Olin Park has a public boat launch, beach, soccer field, playground equipment, a restored historic pavilion that can be reserved, and trails for walking, jogging, and biking. Adjacent Turville Point Conservation Park is a quiet, wooded preserve where you can retreat into a contemplative nature walk or a moon-lit cross-country ski tour. 

Bird & Nature Adventure:  Sunday, January 14, 1:30 PM

On Sunday, January 14th, at 1:30 PM, meet up at the entrance to Turville Point Conservation Park at the end of the southern parking lot for "Magic of Winter" Bird and Nature Adventure.


Join Master Naturalists Sean Gere and Gregory Roliardi and Andria Blattner with Friends of Olin Turville (FOOT) for a free family-friendly guided nature walk or take a walk on your own to enjoy the beauty of winter at Turville Point on Lake Monona. Learn about snow! Use a cold dark colored surface such as a plastic dish to catch some flakes and examine them with a magnifier. As snow falls, drifts, compresses and melts it goes through transformations that help form shelter for a variety of bugs, birds and animals living in the 'subnivian' layer beneath snow covered plants that provides a warm place to hide and feed over winter. 


We will also look for animal tracks and signs, Great Horned Owls nesting in the pines, and beautiful winter birds along the trails and lake. See http://tinyurl.com/MadisonFUNAdventures for a Map and Fun Facts about Snow and a Winter Bird Bingo Card. Post comments and pictures on the Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT) Facebook page! 


Dress warm and enjoy a campfire with cocoa and smores after the walk. Free, welcoming, family friendly, educational, no registration required, no pets. Second Sunday every month guided Bird and Nature Adventures and suggestions for self-guided walks and activities at Turville Point Conservation Park are co-sponsored by Madison FUN partners Madison Parks, Badgerland Bird Alliance and Friends of Olin-Turville (FOOT). See the partner group websites and Facebook pages for updates and more activities! Contact 608-698-0104 

Concerts in Olin Pavilion each Thursday in September, 2023

FREE fall concerts return to the Olin Park Pavilion this September on every Thursday from 6 to 8 PM:

--  CRIS PLATA  on Thursday, September 7th  

--  MARK CROFT TRIO on Thursday, September 14th

--  THE WHISKEY FARM  on Thursday, September 21st

--  GROOVIN BROTHERS (FRANKIE LEE) Thursday, September 28th

Bring the family, bring a picnic - chairs and tables provided. Since the pavilion is sheltered, concerts will proceed rain or shine.  But let's hope for really great September weather! The Pavilion is located within Olin Park at 1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715. 

Dances Return to Olin Pavilion on Tuesdays in May, 2023

Sorta last minute, but FREE instruction and dancing will return to the Olin Pavilion on the following Tuesdays this May from 6 to 8 PM:

--  Tuesday, May 9th:  Madison Tango Society

--  Tuesday, May 16th:  Madison Tango Society

--  Tuesday, May 23rd:  MadCoCo (Contra)

--  Tuesday, May 30th:  West Coast Swing

Yoga Returns to Olin Pavilion in the Summer of 2023

Friends of the free asanas - mark your calendars for the remaining  two sessions of yoga in the Olin Park pavilion:  Monday, June 26th, and Monday, July 17th at 6 PM, in the pavilion. Sam Kellogg will again provide instruction and guidance in her Alignment Yoga method. Her classes are open to all levels of experience, and will focus on the yoga fundamentals of breathing and asana postures. Bring a mat if you have one, but mats and props will be available. So come together with mindful others in the serenity of the historic Olin Park pavilion to nurture your yoga practice and enjoy the city skyline view. 

Most recent FOOT meeting was Thursday, March 23, 2023 

Eight of us gathered in person at The Borough's Brew Company on Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 PM for a long overdue FOOT meeting. Two key topic of discussion were:

1)  Planning for the 2023 'season' at the Olin Park pavilion. Concert, dance and yoga series were
      proposed, and dates will be established soon. 

2)  Discussion of likes, dislikes and concerns regarding the three final designs for the Lake Monona
      Waterfront Design Challenge.  Those comments have been summarized and submitted to the city's
      Ad Hoc Committee overseeing the Design Challenge.

Folks on our email list automatically receive meeting FOOT-Notes, and FOOT-Notes are also archived here on our website.

Three Finalists for Monona Waterfront  Design Challenge 

In late 2022, the city of Madison announced the three finalists among the national-level design firms competing for redesign of Law Park, the John Nolen causeway and the northern edge of Olin Park. Those three firms were:


To view the final submissions,  visit the Parks Division's Monona Waterfront Design Challenge page,