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Dane County Land & Water Resources Department

Public Hearing on Proposed 2023 Dane County Parks Fee Increases

August 29, 2022
Land & Water Resources

Contact: Joleen Stinson, Dane County Parks Director
608-224-3730 –


Public Hearing on Proposed 2023 Dane County Parks Fee Increases

 MADISON, WI – August 29, 2022 – The Dane County Park Commission will hold a hybrid public hearing regarding proposed 2023 park fee increases. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, September 14 at 4:45 pm. Those interested in participating can either attend in person or virtually via Zoom.

The Dane County Park Commission sets the fee structure for services provided in county parks. Each year, the fees are evaluated and adjusted in order to offset operational and maintenance costs associated with various park activities. The Dane County Park Commission is proposing to keep the majority of permit, shelter and camping fees the same for 2023. The last fee increases were pre-COVID, most increases were five (5) years ago or more. This year, increases in a few service areas have been proposed including dog, lake access and mountain biking. Proposed changes also include a new discount for veterans and military members, a new application fee for special event permit requests and an overhaul of the way fee-based recurring programs that use parkland as their main meeting location are charged.

A complete list of the current and proposed 2023 park fees is available by visiting:

The public can attend the public hearing in person at the City County Building Room #351, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison, WI 53703.

To join the meeting in Zoom, click the following link (after you fill out the form, the meeting link and access information will be emailed to you):
This link will be active until the end of the meeting.

Virtual registrations to provide public comment will be accepted until 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the meeting. In order to testify (provide public comment) virtually, you must be in attendance at the meeting via Zoom or phone, you will then either be unmuted or promoted to a panelist and provided time to speak.

To join the meeting by phone, dial-in using one of the following three toll-free phone numbers:
When prompted, enter the following Webinar ID: 950 0755 2323

If you are unable to make this meeting, feedback, and/or questions can be sent to, or mailed to the Dane County Park office at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Room 208, Madison, WI  53718.

Permits are available online at, by calling (608) 224-3730 or at the Parks office located at 5201 Fen Oak Drive, Room 208, Monday through Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm.

For more information, please contact Dane County Parks at (608) 224-3730 or visit the parks website at

About Dane County Parks
Dane County Parks offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast and natural environments for quiet getaways or special events.  Dane County Parks takes an active role to enhance and preserve the county’s finest natural resources.