• Welcome
  • Submitted Photos
  • Park Closure Dates
    Updated for 2018
  • Park Use Permits
  • FAQ & More
  • Winter Snow Clearing
Welcome to the Quann Off-leash Dog Park website. This site was created by a community of dog walkers who are working to preserve and improve Madison's only large, centrally located off-leash dog walking area.

This site is dedicated to the sport of dog walking, that is to people and their dogs who love walking off-leash and enjoying the exercise and companionship that enriches the lives of both dogs and their humans. We believe that off-leash dog walking is an underestimated activity in the city of Madison, and we would like to bring public attention to the thousands of humans and their canine companions who walk in the streets and parks of Madison daily.


Because we are such an important part of the daily life of the city, we are here to remind the city and the parks department that we need clean, well-maintained places to walk with our dogs, and that we need our dog parks to be secure and stable.

Support Quann dog park by purchasing your annual Dog Park Permit from the city of Madison!

See more on the advocacy page.

Call for photos: We've been updating the website and need some new photos of Quann dog park.  The original photos were taken before the fencing!  I'm especially looking for photos that show entrances, long views including fences, other features such as the creek section, dogs playing around picnic tables etc.  Pictures of dogs playing, running through tall grass, etc are also encouraged.  I'd absolutely love a picture of a hunting breed dog full out running!  Please send photos to Stephen or Barb. Please include the word Quann Photos in the subject line.

Photos Submitted:

Call for photos:

We've been updating the website and need some new photos of Quann dog park.  The original photos were taken before the fencing!  I'm especially looking for photos that show entrances, long views including fences, other features such as the creek section, dogs playing around picnic tables etc.  Pictures of dogs playing, running through tall grass, etc are also encouraged.  I'd absolutely love a picture of a hunting breed dog full out running!  Please send photos to Stephen or Barb. Please include the word Quann Photos in the subject line.

Quann Dog Park is not open 365 days a year. Be sure to review the scheduele of events that restrict or prevent human/dog use of the park.


There are several ways to stay informed about changes to this event list

  1. Join the Yahoo Group and get emails announcing closure dates (Click Here), and/or
  2. View the Quann Dog Park Calendar in your browser (Click Here), and/or
  3. Add the Quann Dog Park Calendar in your google calendar or other ICAL compatible calendar app (Click Here).

2018 Alliant Energy Center events using Quann Park
All event dates and availability are subject to change.
City of Madison Quann Park Page

Name of event, followed by overall impact date(s) CLOSED
  • Tennis courts may be closed or have limited access.
  • The Quann Dog Park creek corridor is always open unless specified.
OPEN
  • with limited space and/or access
  • The Quann Dog Park creek corridor is always open unless specified.
Midwest Horse Fair
April 20-25
April 20-22
includes tennis courts & access
April 23-25
Brat Fest
May 25-28
May 26-28  
American Jr. Shorthorn
June 25-July 3
June 25-July 3 TBD
National Jr. Angus Show
July 4-14
July 4-14 TBD
CrossFit
July 23-Aug 10
July 23-August 10 TBD
World Dairy Expo
Sept. 27-Oct. 9
September 27-October 7 October 8-10
Halloween Hustle 5K
October 27
 October 27  
Turkey Trot
November 22
November 22  


Park Use Permits: It's that time of year again to renew your dog park permits (and licenses) for next year. Just remember that if you want to support Quann dog park and the other CITY of Madison dog parks with your permit fee, you need to buy the permit from the city, not the county. Each entity keeps the money they collect.
  • You can find instructions on the city website for applying for permits and licenses online.
  • Permit application forms are also available at the kiosks in the park.
  • Or you can download the Dog Park Brochure which includes an application form and a list of vendors that sell the permits.

Winter snow clearing plans:

  1. Main entrances. Parks Rangers will help to clear snow from the two double gated entries at Quann dog park. Rangers have been scheduled to clear snow first thing in the morning. Because of the unpredictable timing of any snow fall, they are asking us to continue to help out. It is much harder to clear the snow if it has become packed down. So if you are able, please help shovel if you get there before staff. Parks has provided a snow shovel and a pail of sand at each entrance. Feel free to use the sand around the entries if snow or ice makes them slippery.

    Please avoid forcing the gates through or over snow as this often unhinges the gate or twists the hinges making the gate unusable. It is unacceptable to force open a gate and fail to get it closed again.

  2. Single gates entrances. Volunteers are still needed to shovel out the single gated entries. Quann4Dogs has provided shovels at these entries which include:

    The single gate off the Quann tennis court parking lot
    The gate at the south-west corner off the bike path
    The gate between the large field and the creek corridor

    Please help if you are able. If those gates are not cleared either don't use them, or pick up the shovel and help out. Note - no parking is allowed at any of the gates along Quann-Olin Parkway or on the grass edge along the road, so I have not put any shovels by these gates. If you walk to one of these entrances and are willing to shovel it out please let me know and I can put a shovel there for your use.

Typical years. Parks staff plow the path in the creek corridor and they need better control of the vehicle gates to make this efficient. Park staff will lock the vehicle gates in the open position when snowfall is expected. Once the plowing is completed, staff will remove the locks so the gates can be closed. PLEASE do not try to close the gates when the padlocks are in place. Lack of cooperation could result in the path not getting plowed at all. This is our handicapped accessible path and when we get deep snow this may be the only area many other people can handle.

Off-leash use of the creek corridor north of the bridge is allowed at all times, whether the gates are open or closed. Use CAUTION when using the creek corridor. Remember that the gate on the Olin Ave end will also be open! Once the creek freezes over, it is possible for dogs to escape to the other side or around the ends of the fencing even when the gates are closed.

Happy Winter!
Barb

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