Beginning of Madison Park System
The Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association first met in July of 1894. The private association, unique to American cities of the time, responded to an expressed public need. As Madison grew, citizens had begun expressing concern over the demise of many of the city's scenic locations due to new building construction. Along with planning landscaped walkways and "pleasure drives," the association began initial work on Tenney, Vilas and Brittingham Parks.